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Bundoran - Ireland's Surf Capital!!

Surfing has become synonymous with Bundoran in the past number of years. Its growing popularity has helped to extend the normal Easter to September holiday season to all year round as surfers travel from all over the country and all over the world to experience the diverse natural amenities that Ireland’s Premier Seaside Resort has to offer. Any weekend in any month, be it the middle of summer or the dead of winter, you’ll generally find somewhere to go surfing in Bundoran or its surrounds with countless beach and reef breaks to be found in close proximity.


Donegal Adventure Centre
Adventure Centre and Surf School
Bundoran, Co Donegal
Tel: 071 98 42418
Email: info@donegaladventurecentre.net
Web: www.donegaladventurecentre.net 

Donegal Adventure Centre is Ireland's largest surf-school based in Bundoran, County Donegal and this year they are well into their second decade of providing exciting adventure sports, outdoor activities, surf lessons and fantastic service to schools, families and adult Groups. 

 Surf World Bundoran
Surf Shop and Surf School
Main Street, Bundoran, Co Donegal
Tel: 071 98 41223
Email: info@surfworld.ie
Web: www.surfworld.ie 

 Bundoran Surf Co
Surf Shop and Surf School 
Main Street, Bundoran, Co Donegal
Email: info@bundoransurfco.com
Web: www.bundoransurfco.com

 Turf N Surf Lodge and Surf School
Bayview Terrace
Bundoran, Co Donegal
Tel: 071 98 41091
Email: info@turfnsurf.ie
Web: www.turfnsurf.ie

In September 2011, for the 3rd time in the competition’s history, the European Surfing Championships were held in the town. 14 countries from all over Europe descended on Bundoran to experience not only the waves but also the hospitality that the town is famed for. For 10 days there was perfect weather and perfect surf as the top surfers from all over Europe battled it out for the title of European Surfing Champions – the title which was eventually won by Portugal.

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There are no less than 4 surf schools in Bundoran who each offer surf lessons and board/wetsuit hire - for beginners right through to intermediate surfers.

Safety Hints for Surfers

  • Never surf alone.
  • Only go surfing if you can swim.
  • Never surf after consuming alcohol.
  • Do not entre the water when dusk is approaching.
  • Check with local surfers and lifeguards for possible dangers.
  • Always leave word with someone on the shore where you are going and when you will return.
  • Only surf waves of a size and power you are sure you can handle.
  • Make sure your equipment, especially your leash, is in good working order.
  • Learn to observe the ocean so you can identify rips, wind changes and other hazards. 
  • Always check for spring tide as they present new dangers. 
  • Paddle around the wave breaking area rather than through it as you are less likely to experience a collision. 
  • Always be aware of other surfers around you.
  • When you ‘wipe out’ do not rise to water surface too soon. Allow your board ample time to fall and then rise with your hands and arms covering your head. 
  • Consider a safety helmet when surfing near rocks.
  • If you get caught in a rip do not paddle against it, paddle across it.
  • Never drop in on a surfer already on a wave.