Posts Tagged ‘swell’

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: Boat Quay, 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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Boat Quay

Situated behind Bundoran’s fishing boat harbour the Boat Quay is one of Bundoran’s most elusive waves. It is difficult to get all the conditions right, but if you do you will be rewarded with a great hollow fast left-hander.

The boat quay needs a large swell in excess of 6 foot to work properly. One hour before high tide and one hour after are the best times to surf the Bundoran Boat Quay.

Things to watch out for

  • Strong rips develop on outgoing tides.
  • On a really high tide the end section rebounds off the harbour wall

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.

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.

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