Top 5 Stand Up Paddling Wave Spots in Ireland

Do they SUP in Ireland? Heck Yes! Check out These Top 5 Stand Up Paddling Wave Spots in Ireland.

Ireland East Strand Surfing SUP

Portrush ripper Oliver Boyd. Photo courtesy of Andy Hill Photography

Over the past years Ireland has become synonymous with surfing. Despite the (slightly) colder temperatures, the amount, quality and variety of waves available, as well as the relative lack of crowds, makes Ireland easily compete with the best spots around the world. Ireland is spoiled with miles of pristine beaches for those new to the sport, and even more miles of rugged coastline that can challenge the most expert SUP surfer.

As if I needed to help prove the point, Mullaghmore in Co. Sligo was voted in the top 5 big of the biggest, heaviest & scariest waves in the world.

If you are like me and you don’t get excited by being smashed by 500 tons of water, never fear. Finding a break suitable to your standard is never a problem in Ireland since:

1) There are so many surf spots to choose from.

2) Ireland isn’t that big! (You can drive from Dublin on the east coast to the west coast in 3 hours).

When I first began writing this piece, I started off thinking it would be super easy to pick the 5 best Stand Up Paddling Wave Spots in Ireland due to the hundreds (if not thousands) of spots to choose from. After a mere 30 seconds however, I then realized how hard it would be to choose between these spots, as all of them are so good!

With this in mind, the below 5 are chosen as spots for all SUP surfers, from beginner upwards.

They are also selected as for each one of them, it is possible to rent SUP boards, and/or get lessons from our top class instructors.

But beware – this is by no means the limit of what Ireland has to offer. There are SO many more places to discover, they are just waiting for you to paddle out.

Spot #1: Causeway coast (Northern Ireland)Causeway Coast Ireland, SUP Surf Spot

The Causeway Coast, in Northern Ireland, is a 4800 mile stretch of rugged coastline, boasting many beach breaks and reefs. Portrush is the surf capital, with two breaks to choose from, East & West strand, each within walking distance of the town. (Think of it like a slightly colder and less tanned Biarritz).

East Strand is sometimes known as “East the Beast”… in the winter it can produce double over head monsters.

A short drive east or west can bring you more choice, and more of a challenge.

When it’s flat, you can paddle around the rocky coast line, exploring the many caves and inlets. It’s also really close to the famous “Giant’s Causeway”.

For more information, visit:

The Causeway Coast Ireland SUP Surfing

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Lewis UK & Ireland

Rossnowlagh Donegal Ireland SUP Surfing Wave Spot

Spot #2: Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal (North West Ireland)

Rossnowlagh is my all-time favourite spot, and is as famous for its place in Irish surf history as it is for its waves.

A classical beach break, it cannot be beaten during those light wind summer days. Waves break up and down the two miles of pristine golden beach, and it is one of the most chilled-out places to surf in the country. It’s also one of the safest beaches around, with many surf schools providing instruction & rentals to young and old.When there are no waves, flat water paddling can be just as rewarding, with numerous dolphin sightings (I saw two pods this summer) and basking shark.

Rossnowlagh is also famous for the “Intercounties Surf Championship”, which has been running since 1969, and is by far the biggest surfing party in the country.

For more information, visit:

Donegal Ireland SUP Surfing Wave Spot

Photo courtesy of My Donegal Holiday Home

Strandhill SUP Surfing IrelandSpot #3- Strandhill, Co. Sligo (North West Ireland)

Strandhill is another famous beach break, and like all west coast beaches is surrounded by many reef and point breaks.

Nestled at the foot of Ireland’s table mountain, Ben Bulben, spectacular scenery surrounds you, and it is always somewhere to check when you’re on the hunt for waves.

Again, a few miles north and south yield more beach, reef and point breaks.

For more information, visit:

Strandhill Sligo Ireland Coast SUP Surfing

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Lanhinch Clare Co Ireland SUP SurfingSpot #4- Lahinch, Co. Clare (South West Ireland)

Lahinch is a classical Irish surfing town, with a cracking nightlife to boot.

Situated right beside the main beach, like Rossnowlagh & Strandhill it has a bustling surf school trade.

The area is spoiled with many additional reef breaks north and south, and when it’s flat, you can visit the Burren or the Cliffs of Moher, which, in addition to their astonishing beauty, are also famous for “Aileens”, a massive wave that has gained world attention over the last few years.

For more information, visit


Lahinch, Co. Clare Ireland Stand Up Paddleboarding

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Dublin Ireland Stand Up Paddleboarding

Spot #5: The Ferry Wave, Dublin. (East Ireland) – Yes I said East, it’s not a typo!

Traditionally, all surfing activity in Ireland is based on the west coast, with it being battered daily by Atlantic Ocean swells and storms. To those blessed to be living on the west coast (highly jealous), they are treated to some of the best conditions the world has to offer.

But for those living on the east coast of the country, the Dublin Ferry Wave is something of phenomenon. Guaranteed waves, accurate to the minute, are generated by the various incoming ferries into Dublin port.

On a given day as many as 20 SUP surfers can be seen awaiting the incoming craft, tracking the boats on their smartphones, ready to pounce when the waves magically appear.

Each boat generates 3 or 4 waves and allows east-coast based surfers to get some surfing practice without driving to the west coast.

The ferry wave continues to be used daily and was used as a mid-week surf training spot for the members of the Irish SUP team prior to the 2012 SUP world championships in Peru.

For more information, visit:

Stenaline Ferry Dublin Ireland SUP

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Things You Should Know About Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards

Here’s the scoop on inflatable paddle boards. Paddle boarding is a ton of fun, but the one draw back is lugging a big ole’ board to and from the river, ocean, or lake, and then back to your car. The paddle boards that can be easily carried are inflatable paddle boards. They are collapsable and can fold down to a small size that can fit in your backpack. These boards generally come along with specifically designed hand pumps. The core material used in the production of these boards is drop stitch. The specific thickness of these boards is maintained by thousands of locked stitches that are made of nylon. When you use the hand pumps that are designed for this purpose your board can inflate up to or above 30 Psi.

Bic Inflatable Paddleboard

A new Bic Inflatable Paddleboard.

People might choose an inflatable Stand Up Paddle board over a normal paddle board because of its excellent qualities like portability and durability. The main advantage of these kind of boards is that they can be easily packed away for travel. When inflated, they are just as strong as normal boards. Since normal boards are heavier and less flexible it is difficult to carry them around while you are traveling making inflatable boards a great option.

By choosing an inflatable stand-up paddle board you never compromise on their performance as they are equally good as normal boards. The costs of these inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards vary depending on their quality and comfort. There are a variety of such boards available and you can choose one depending on your budget and preferences. However most commonly these boards are available at prices that ranges anything between $600 to $1500.

You should be able to get an inflatable board within this price range. There is also a higher price range of these boards such as ranging between $1500 to $2000. These boards will have extra features and quality with a good comfort level. 

The inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards are available in different types and sizes and why the prices also vary. There are boards that are UV protected and hence are more durable. There are boards that allow both the options of sitting down (kayak style) or stand up paddle. If you are looking for a rigid performance similar to a hard board then you should be choosing the needle nose boards. Choosing the best one according to your tastes and preferences would increase the quality of ride you will be having.

Here are some recommended inflatable paddle boards:

Amazon Image Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer Inflatable 9’10″ SUP Package

Tower Paddleboards are some of the best known inflatable paddleboards and SUP packages on the market. They’re also consistently some of the best selling boards on Amazon. To top it off, they were on Shark Tank and Mark Cuban is an investor in the company. AWESOME!

Amazon ImageBadfisher Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard 

This board is one of the finest of its quality. It is manufactured with the rubber that is UV resistant and with the technology of MCIT. It also comes along with the bag in which you can compactly pack the board as well as the pump.



Amazon ImageAdvanced Elements Hula 11 Inflatable Paddle Board
This board by Advanced Elements is also rated one of the best. With its attractive price range, it is the best for multi tasking. You could use this board for surfing, stand up paddle boarding, or kayaking. It is apt for all the sports that requires a stiff performance. It comes along with its accessories such as pump, valve adaptor, storage bag and other important things.



Amazon ImageBIC Sport Stand Up Air Inflatable Paddleboard, 10-Feet 6-Inch
Bic has also come out with an inflatable stand up paddleboard. Their boards are known for durability and this is one option that shouldn’t be ignored.



Have you ever thought about getting an inflatable stand up paddle board? Why or why not? Post in the comments and let us know.

Tower Adventurer Inflatable Paddle Board