Financial Times gives big endorsement to Donegal

Matt Britton

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Matt Britton

The Financial Times which normally devotes more time to crashing stocks rather than crashing waves has highlighted Ireland as one of the world’s top emerging surfing destinations.

The Financial Times which normally devotes more time to crashing stocks rather than crashing waves has highlighted Ireland as one of the world’s top emerging surfing destinations.

“The quality of Irish surf has been recognised for many years,” writes adventure journalist Alf Alderson who has been a frequent visitor to Bundoran “but it’s only recently that it has really taken off as a top destination for everyone from beginner to big wave expert.”

Bundoran gets the biggest variety of waves among the west coast’s surfing hotspots, boasting a range of surf for everyone from beginners to expert waveriders.

World champions and former world champions including Kelly Slater, Tome Curren have shared waves with both locals and grommets alike.

Ireland’s largest waves at Mullaghmore Point also get their due - with its 50 plus foot swells putting it in league with the best waves in the world.

The quality of Irish surf has been recognised for many years but it’s only recently that it has really taken off as a top destination for everyone from beginner to big wave expert.

The article in the Financial Times says, “The craggy and indented west coast of the county will, somewhere, have the ideal combination of waves and winds on virtually any swell. Bundoran enjoys a vibrant surf scene thanks to a great combination of long, sandy beginners’ beaches such as Tullan Strand and fast, powerful expert reef breaks such as “The Peak” – which is conveniently located right in front of the town’s popular Bridge Bar, where a good craic is guaranteed any night of the week.

Thrillseekers

“Thrillseekers head further south to spots such as Mullaghmore Point in Donegal Bay where professional surfers Gabe Davies and Richie Fitzgerald recently rode the largest waves ever surfed in Ireland – conservative estimates put them at more than 50ft.”Fitzgerald told the Donegal Democrat “the fact that the Financial Times is talking about the surfing product in Bundoran lends credence to the fact that surf tourism is one of the biggest growth niche markets in Irish tourism and one that should be nurtured along with sensitivity.

“We have a wealth of beaches in Donegal to suit all levels of competence and with a footfall of over 5000 surfers a week in high season and 1,000 a week in the depth of Winter, it is without doubt one of our most valuable assets.”