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Surf spot: The Peak, Bundoran, Donegal

Tuesday, March 10th, 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 suitable wave for all styles and levels of surfer


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The Peak, Bundoran

The Peak is Ireland’s best known wave. It is situated 150 yards off the shore in the middle of town and is clearly visible from the Bradog river bridge. It’s a perfect ‘Peak’ with a left and right running down the reef either side. The left is longer with more sections and the right is shorter and hollower.

The Peak is suited to the more experienced surfer, because of its shallow breaking hollow nature. It works best at low to mid tide on the push. It starts to break at 2-3 foot and it can handle triple overhead waves. The Peak is best on an offshore wind but can be loads of fun on a light onshore making the sections super smackable.

The peak has played host to countless surfing contests and events over the last 3 decades… examples include the European Surfing Championships in 1997 and the Quiksilver World Masters in 2001. Most of the world’s best surfers, including Kelly Slater and Tom Curran, have scored some great rides on the Peak.

Things to watch out for

  • The Peak is a reef and breaks over shallow rock. Being an experienced surfer is vital to tackle this wave.
  • The Peak has a solid local crew of surfers, so show respect and you will receive it back.

Have you been to The Peak yet? Share your experiences of riding Ireland’s best known wave in the comments below…

Surf spot: Sand Bar, Bundoran, Donegal

Sunday, March 8th, 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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Sand Bar

The sand bar is a bank of sand sitting off the main beach between 3D and the rocks of Rougey. It breaks only at low tide and is normally a fun lefthander,but depending on the swell direction it can produce some rights. It breaks best from 2-5 foot and it can also handle a light to moderate onshore wind.

Things to watch out for

  • A strong rip runs along the end section.
  • Above 3 feet, it can produce a pretty heavy shore break.

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: PMPA Point, Bundoran, Donegal

Wednesday, March 4th, 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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PMPA POINT

PMPA is situated at the south end of the bay. It boosts a freight train stand up left-handed barrel. PMPA is definitely for experts only. It’s a very shallow slab of rock onto reef with a vertical takeoff and dredging tube all the way to the end of the reef… or “Wilsie’s corner”, as the locals call it.

PMPA is very popular with local and visiting surfers alike. It can get busy with surfers, body boarders and water photographers all trying to ride or capture one of its cavernous pits. It breaks best on a straight west swell on a high tide and offshore wind.

Things to watch out for

  • PMPA is a very shallow wave and claims its fair share of broken boards and broken skin every year.
  • The wave allows very little room for error and is not a place you go to practice your turns.

No prizes for guessing why it’s actually called ‘PMPA point’…

Surf spot: Bundoran (Inside Left), Donegal

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland


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Just to the north of the peak is Inside Left. On good days its offers a long left with barrel sections. The wave can be fickle but when it’s on, it’s definitely on.

Inside Left is a low tide only wave. It breaks along a shallow ledge of reef producing a hollow take off and barrelling first section, followed by a long pealing wall. Inside Left can be tricky on take off on very low tide, but offers a great platform for turning and manoeuvres. It is definitely for intermediate to advanced surfers only.

Watch out for the shallow sea urchin filled pools on entry and exit. Booties are a good idea!

Surf spot: Blackspot, Bundoran, Donegal

Friday, February 27th, 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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Blackspot

Situated at the very south end of Bundoran on the Donegal-Leitrim border, Blackspot offers two waves for the price of one. At low tide it is a short, very hollow, slabbing left-handed barrel and at high tide it turns into a long double hollow section right-hander.

Blackspot needs a swell from 3 foot upwards to work properly. Light offshore wind and keeping an eye on the tides are essential for surfing here.

Things to watch out for

  • Blackspot has a pretty tricky entry and exit area with slippy rocks and swell ebbing and flowing for several meters over the rocks.
  • Watch out for shallow sections at both ends.

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