Posts Tagged ‘reef’

Surf spot: 3D, Bundoran, Donegal

Friday, March 13th, 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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3D

3D is one of the heaviest most dangerous waves in Bundoran. It’s a very hollow with an extremely shallow slab and dry end sections on both the left and right. Definitely for advanced surfers and body boarders only. It’s best on a really high tide and swell between 3-6 feet.

Things to watch out for

  • Pretty much everything about this wave is gnarly!
  • Barely covered sharp reef
  • Heavy hollow chunks of water barrelling out
  • Dry end sections.

If you do survive all the hazards and make one of its fantastic tubes it will definitely be worth it.

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: Easkey Left & Easkey Right

Saturday, February 21st, 2009


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LOCATION: near Easkey Castle, Co. Sligo, Ireland

The coastline surrounding the village of Easkey Co. Sligo stretching to the north coast of Mayo is a treasure trove of quality surf. This stretch of coast is littered with dozens of top quality reef breaks of every type, from hollow barrels to mellow point breaks.

The surf breaks here work best on north swells and big west swells. With the serrated shape of the coastline you can usually find a break with favorable wind direction.

The main areas are around the villages of Killcummen, Iniscrone and Easkey town itself. The two most prominent breaks are Easkey left and Easkey right.

Easkey Left/ is a mellow river mouth lefthander. It breaks over boulder rock and works through the tide. The best conditions are on the incoming high tide. On the best days it can offer an inside barrel section, but Easkey left is mostly a fun left hander where you can do combinations of snaps and cutbacks all the way to the river mouth.

Easkey Right/ is one of Ireland most famous and most popular waves. It is a fast breaking righthander over reef. It can be surfed on any tide but is best on an incoming tide. It offers a long steep down the line wall with good barrel sections on the best days.

Easkey has always been a favourite with the traveling surfer and they always out number the local surfing population. Localism and agro in the water can be a factor here at times, so it is something to be conscious of.

The Irish Surfing Association has its headquarters in Easkey village situated in the Murray House complex on the main street.

The area offers a huge amount of quality surf and you easily find an uncrowded spot away from the main breaks it just takes a little patience and a sense of adventure.

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