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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: 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: 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: 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.

Surf spot: Lahinch Co. CLARE

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Lehinch has a long history in Irish surfing. It has been the venue for many contests and surfing events since the early 60’s. Lahinch hosted  the European Surfing Championships back in 1972. Lahinch is the centre of the booming surf scene in Co. Clare and it is hotbed for Irish surfing talent.


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Lahinch

Lahinch/Lehinch is the classic Irish surf town with numerous surf shops/surf schools and surf related businesses. The beach promenade is a hive of surf activity when the waves are on at the beach and near by reefs.

The whole Clare coastline offers some brilliant world class surf like / Spanish Point, Crab Island and of course the fabled big wave spot Aileens. Along with great surf the area offers The Burren and the ‘Cliffs of Moher’ which are two of the countries most famous tourist attractions.

When the waves are huge ‘Aileens’ at the base of the ‘Cliffs of Mohar’ comes alive. It is considered one of the best and most beautiful big wave surf spots on the planet. It can be paddled surfed at small-medium swell but becomes tow-in territory on big days.

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