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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: 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: 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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