National Geographic Bundoran

Bundoran, in Ireland’s County Donegal, has received one of the best surfing accolades around: a listing as one of the top 20 surf destinations in the world by National Geographic.

The world-renowned magazine puts Bundoran as the best place to start any surfing adventure on the Emerald Isle and recommends the rugged northwest corner of Ireland’s long Atlantic coastline for “the salty surf traveller who doesn’t mind surfing in cold water or rain”.

Bundoran was one of two European destinations to make it onto the magazine’s coveted list.
According to National Geographic what makes an awesome surf town is a special combination of factors that make up the ‘perfect wave’.

In the case of Bundoran, the ingredients include welcoming accommodation, friendly locals, lively nightlife, good food and plenty to do when the waves don’t come out to play.

The centuries-old fishing village catches just about any swell that powers across the North Atlantic onto beaches and reefs that suit different levels of surfers.

Ireland’s most famous reef break, The Peak, is also a Bundoran resident.

The town of Bundoran offers a choice of surf shops, surf schools and a wide range of accommodation to stow the board and rest the head, from budget options to luxury hotel rooms with an ocean view.

“Bundoran has always been recognised globally as a surfing town and coming into September and November is when the water is at its warmest, the Atlantic is at full throttle and the crowd is definitely stoked,” says regular visitor Sharon Doherty.

“If you’re new to Bundoran, get down to the Fitzgerald’s or the Bridge Bar to meet surfers, locals and musicians. The craic is second to none.”

Tullan Strand is regarded as the main surfing stretch, but the locals will advise on loads of surrounding reefs and beaches that work on a variety of swells.

Over the last two decades Ireland has become a mecca for surfers. Described by National Geographic as ‘Europe’s cold-water Indonesia’, the craggy coastline with its huge unspoiled beaches and impressive waves is now one of the world’s must-surfs.

Surfers with an appetite for variety can ride the waves at Ireland’s other great surfing towns, including Easkey in Sligo, Lahinch in County Clare and Portrush on County Antrim’s famous Causeway Coast.

In Donegal, a land-based adventure around this region’s breathtaking scenery offers further thrills beyond surfing, including the sea cliffs at Slieve League, among the most spectacular in Ireland.

Eurosurf Bundoran – Day 3 Video

Eurosurf Bundoran – Day 3 Video

Eurosurf at Bundoran

Up to 20,000 visitors are expected to arrive in Bundoran this Friday as both spectators and competitors head to the European Surfing Championships, Eurosurf 2011.

The event is expected to generate €3m for the local economy and considerable exposure for Donegal as a tourism venue.

Bundoran has long been associated with world-class surfing along with the neighbouring surfing destinations of Rossnowlagh, Streedagh, Iascaigh and Enniscrone and is a natural home for the event.

To boost the appeal of the event, Bundoran town is gearing up to welcome the influx of surfers and will have plenty of music and entertainment on offer during the tournament including traditional Irish and contemporary music.

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Soul Surfer in Bundoran

Remarkable Hawaiian surfer, Bethany Hamilton, whose life is the subject of new film, is set to attend its Irish premier in Bundoran later this month.

21-year-old Bethany from the Hawaiian island of Kauai, who despite losing her left arm in a shark attack when she was 13-years-old, has gone to become a professional surfer and will attend the premier screening of the film “Soul Surfer” on the opening night of the European Championships being held in Bundoran on September on September 23.

In 2003, Hamilton went for a morning surf at Tunnels Beach on Kauai with friends. While she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, a 14 ft tiger shark attacked her resulting in her losing her arm.

“Soul Surfer” tells the story of her ordeal and road to recovery and her return to the water to become a professional surfer.

The Eurosurf 2011 will see teams from all over Europe and North Africa compete in Bundoran over a ten day period later this month.

Also confirmed to play over the competition are Derry rockers the Undertones

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