Posts Tagged ‘surf spots ireland’

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/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.

Surf spot: Rossnowlagh, Donegal

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Rossnowlagh is situated on the inside of Donegal Bay, approximately a 20 minute drive north from Bundoran. It’s a picturesque 2 km long beach with waves breaking the whole length of the strand. Rossnowlagh is the historic home of Irish surfing, it has a vibrant surf scene; being very popular in summer with winter months becoming a lot quieter.

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Rossnowlagh Surf Club was the first club in Ireland to establish its own club house back in 1985. The club house is still going strong today and it is the hub of activity for all the junior surfers in summer months. Rossnowlagh hosts Ireland’s longest running annual surf contest the ‘Intercounties’ every October.

The waves in Rossnowlagh are very mellow/soft peeling lefts and rights. It breaks through the tide but is best at high tide. It is suitable for children/ beginners or if you’re just looking for a mellow longboard session.

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