Posts Tagged ‘beach’

Surf spot: Tullan Strand, Bundoran, Donegal

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Bundoran is often referred to as a ‘Ireland’s Surfing Capital’. The towns coastal area is blessed with a large range and variety of beach, reef and point breaks. From the World class reef break of the Peak to the ever consistent Tullan Strand suitable this Bundoran has a wave for all styles and levels of surfer

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Tullan Strand

Tullan Strand is a 2km beach stretching from the north end of Bundoran to the Erne Estuary at Ballyshannon. It is considered Ireland’s most consistent beach break. Add to this the beautiful back drop of the Sligo-Leitrim Mountains and extensive network of sand dunes, it’s also no surprise that it’s considered one of Ireland’s most picturesque beaches.

Tullan is open to almost any swell going. Although there are waves along the whole stretch of beach, it works best at low tide at the south end of the strand. It can hold waves up to 6 feet and works best on an offshore wind. Tullan is a wave for every level of surfer although high tide is most suited to beginners.

Things to watch out for

  • Overcrowding can be a problem on small cleans days especially at weekends and in summer. The beach attracts wave riders of every type, from short boarders, long boarders, canoeists and body boarders etc. Always be mindful of fellow surfers on the busy day.
  • The entry point off the ‘Fairy Bridges’ has sharp rocks, so be careful not to slip and cut yourself or damage your board.
  • Jellyfish and weaver fish can be hazard in summer months.

Surf spot: Strandhill, Sligo

Friday, March 6th, 2009

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Strandhill in Co.Sligo is considered one of Ireland finest beach breaks and is one of the countries most popular surf destinations. The town has a long tradition of producing some of Ireland’s top surfing talent. Thankfully this tradition continues to this day with Strandhill being home to many of the countries top shredders.

Strandhill is host to the annual Co.Sligo Open surf contest on the July bank-holiday weekend. This contest attracts top surfers from home and abroad and is widely regarded as the premier contest to win every year.

Strandhill is a classic beach break set up with over a kilometer stretch of quality mulit-peak beachbreak lefts and rights. Like most of the North West’s best surf breaks, it works better on an offshore wind, but it can handle and will hold its shape on a light to moderate onshore wind.

Strandhill is best surfed at 2-6 feet on an incoming tide with best conditions at mid to high tide. Summer through autumn offers the best shaped sandbanks. It is surfable over 6 feet, but the rip and paddle out can be very difficult to contend with. Along with the beach break itself the Strandhill area offers some surprising hidden gems on bigger days, all you have to do is go on a small search or befriend a local willing to let you in on their secret spots!

Things to watch out for

  • Strong currents from 2-3 foot plus surf, the current increases considerable with the movement of tide and increase of swell.
  • Be award of protruding rocks throughout the beach and also the sea front break water can produce backwash on bigger high tide days. It can also be a hazard while entering and exiting the water a high tide.
  • Busy on weekends and during the summer months, Strandhill can get pretty crowded with surfers of all levels including several surf schools. Always respect and be conscious of fellow surfers in the water.
  • Strandhill is good for beginner surfers at 1-3 foot, from 3 foot plus it is more suitable for intermediate to advanced surfers.

Surf spot: Bundoran Main beach, Donegal

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Bundoran is often referred to as a ‘Ireland’s Surfing Capital’. The towns coastal area is blessed with a large range and variety of beach, reef and point breaks. From the World class reef break of the Peak, to the ever consistent Tullan Strand, Bundoran has a wave for all styles and levels of surfer

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Bundoran Main Beach

The main beach is situated in front of Bundoran’s main promenade. It is the beach where all of Bundoran’s grommet surfers learn to surf. The Main Beach is a small stretch of beach but at high tide on a 2-3 foot swell it can produce some great rippable left and right-handers. A local gem of a wave on its day, but it has a very fickle sand build up and can peal one day and close out the next. It is unique in that it breaks better on an onshore wind than an offshore one.

Things to watch out for

  • On a medium to large swell (especially on an outgoing tide), the rip can be very strong from left to right and along the Rougey rocks.
  • The main Beach is life guarded in summer months and can get very busy with swimmers on hot sunny days.

Surf spot: White Rocks, Antrim

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

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White Rocks Beach, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

White rocks is one of the many hidden gems along the North coast. It is a beach break and ideally works on a 3-4ft North swell with a southerly or SW wind.

When the swell is too small for Portrush and too big for Port Ballintrae this is the North coasts best bet. There are not too many hazards and any tide is good to surf. It can get big, fast and hollow, but is also very reliable on small days. It is an exhilarating location and wave that provides the goods. It can get crowded in summer time, but the locals are super welcoming and great craic. Drop into Troggs surf shop for all your supplies and local recommendations.

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