Surfing Beaches in Northern Ireland 0
Surfing in Northern Ireland dates back to around 1949 when 14-year old Joe Stroddy took a homemade 4-metre paddle board into the surf near Dundalk. Fast forward to today and it has a thriving surf scene thanks to its rising popularity as one of the best big wave surfing locations in the world.
Surfing centres around the North East coast and specifically, Portrush which is home to several surf schools which cater for beginners through to more advanced surfers.
Donegal Bay also has waves for everyone from uncrowded reefs to beach breaks with predominant offshore winds.
Renowned for its cold waters, Ireland picks up big swells from the Atlantic making September to May the best time to surf.
Ireland’s big wave surf spots include Aileen’s, Prowlers and Mullaghmore where Devon-based surfer Andrew Cotton frequently rides waves of up to 50ft. His waves at Mullaghmore have earned him entries into Billabong’s XXL big wave awards.