Surfing in Sligo

The North-West of Ireland and County Sligo in particular copper-fastened and indeed enhanced its reputation as one of the world’s greatest surfing destinations when it was the subject of an international media frenzy recently.

  • 7th Wave

Contact: 7thwavesurfschool@eircom.net

Phone number: 085 7385399

Address: Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

www.surfsligo.com

 

  • Strandhill Surf School

Contact: strandhillsurfschool@gmail.com

Phone number: 071 9168483

Address: Strandhill, Co. Sligo

www.strandhillsurfschool.com

 

  • North West Surf School

Contact: Shane Lavelle

Phone number: 096 37540

Address: Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

www.atlanticsurfschool.com

  • Perfect Day Surf School

Contact: info@perfectdaysurfing.com

Phone number: 087 2029399

Address: Strandhill, Co. Sligo

www.perfectdaysurfing.ie

 

  • Point Break Surf School

Contact: learay@eircom.net

Phone number: 087 2392934

Address: Strandhill, Co. Sligo

www.irishsurfing.ie

 

  • West Coast Surf School

Contact: info@westcoastsurfschool.ie

Phone number: 086 3067053

Address: Strandhill, Co. Sligo

  • Irish Surf Rescue Club

Contact: Paul O'Kane

Phone number: 086 3854016

Address: Easky, Co. Sligo

www.irishsurfing.ie

 

  • TurfnSurf Lodge & Surf School

Contact: info@turfnsurf.ie

Phone number: 071 9841091

Address: Strandhill, Co. Sligo

www.turfnsurf.ie

 

  • Strandhill Lodge & Surf School

Contact: info@strandhillaccommodation.com

Phone number: 071 9168331

Address: Strandhill, Co. Sligo

www.strandhillaccommodation.com

Surfers from: Ireland, South Africa, Britain and Australia, attracted to big-wave surfing, experience ‘Prowlers’, a wave off the North-West coast that is reportedly up to 50-
feet high. Footage of the wave was broadcast on news channels both nationally and internationally and news of the wave filled many newspaper columns globally in subsequent
days. The exact location of the wave has remained shrouded in secrecy, but media reports have pointed to a location somewhere off the coast of Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo, as the
suspected site. Sligo and the North-West coast has for many years been regarded as one of the best surfing destinations in the world and as a haven for big-wave surfers. Sligo however not only caters to surfing enthusiasts, but is also a fantastic location for surfers of all levels, including those who want to have a go for the first time. Strandhill, a seaside village that is home to many surfing competitions annually and boasts stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, is the epicentre of surf schools in Sligo. Discover Sligo spoke to Elisha Hickey of the Perfect Day Surf School that is based at Strandhill, one of the many excellent surf schools in the county, to get some insight into the surfing scene in Sligo and what is has to offer: “Perfect Day Surf School offers a quality service that is brilliant value for money. We provide one instructor for every 5 surfers, a unique ratio that ensures optimum levels of safety as well as increasing the coaching potential and levels of enjoyment in each session. Surfing is a very addictive sport, there is no better feeling than catching a wave and riding it for as long you possibly can. As an instructor it is so rewarding to see someone you have just taught stand up for the first time! Surfing is a very accessible sport and not only great fun but also a brilliant form of exercise, which a lot of people don’t realise when they come along for their first lesson. “Strandhill beach is westerly facing which means it is exposed to the Atlantic Ocean and every direction of swell the Atlantic offers. It is one of the most consistent beach breaks in Ireland and almost always has some sort of a wave. Whether you are an advanced surfer, a beginner, or someone who wants to give it a go for the first time, Strandhill boasts waves suitable for all levels.“

“One of the major advantages of Sligo as a surf destination is that it is so easily accessible. We frequently have people driving from Dublin specifically for a two hour surf lesson, and then heading home straight after. Access through public transport is also excellent.”

Strandhill is not the only great surfing location Sligo has to offer. Enniscrone is an excellent beach with no rocks, no holes, and a very flat seabed so you won’t get out of your depth too easily. It is an ideal location for beginners as they can dip their toe in the water for the first time under the expert supervision of the North-West Surf School and in conditions that are very good for picking the sport up. The school caters to individuals and groups both young and old. Youth surf camps are also run in Enniscrone so kids can try out the sport in a safe environment.

Other fine beaches include Streedagh and Mullaghmore, where in recent years an impressive 60-foot wave was captured on camera. These are very scenic and familyfriendly beaches that enhance Sligo’s reputation as one of the best surfing destinations in the world.

One of the big pluses for the beaches in Sligo is the fact that they are unspoiled. You will have plenty of space as the beaches aren’t packed, so there is no need to worry too much about any embarrassing falls off your board! So what are you waiting for? Whether you are a surfing enthusiast or just want to give it a go, this is an accessible and exhilarating sport and the best of it can be had in Sligo in the North-West of Ireland.