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Slater on Irish surf (video clip)

Friday, March 27th, 2009

In this exclusive footage from Waveriders, Kelly Slater visits Ireland for a break from the pro circuit and shares his thoughts.

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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: 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: White Rocks, Antrim

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

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White Rocks Beach, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

White rocks is one of the many hidden gems along the North coast. It is a beach break and ideally works on a 3-4ft North swell with a southerly or SW wind.

When the swell is too small for Portrush and too big for Port Ballintrae this is the North coasts best bet. There are not too many hazards and any tide is good to surf. It can get big, fast and hollow, but is also very reliable on small days. It is an exhilarating location and wave that provides the goods. It can get crowded in summer time, but the locals are super welcoming and great craic. Drop into Troggs surf shop for all your supplies and local recommendations.

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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