Explore the Wild Atlantic Way and learn to surf in Ireland's number one surf town! Ireland is legendary for its culture, scenery, hospitality, and amazing waves. Moher Surf is offering a one-of-a-kind camp, not only teaching you how to surf whatever your level, but also taking you to explore some of the west coast's most stunning natural scenery and introduce you to some of the friendliest locals in the world. The local guide will take you to the most beautiful scenic spots in the area including the Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, and Aran Islands. Surf the uncrowded waves in one of the most stunning locations in western Europe, experience the best of Irish culture in the bustling little community, and do so much more than just surfing with daily guided trips around west Clare!
You will stay in dormitory beds at a local surf hostel. The friendliest hostel on the west coast, right on the edge of the Atlantic ocean, Lahinch Surf Hostel is the perfect place to start exploring Ireland. Lahinch Surf Hostel is located at the top of the main street, steps away from shops, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.
The accommodation is quite spacious and has a great selection of different types of rooms. They have a lounge and a kitchen / dining area for all your cooking needs, as well as an open-air rooftop barbecue and a picture perfect view of the now world famous Lahinch Beach and its many visiting surfers.
Moher Surf works alongside the best local surf school in Lahinch which has a surf course to help students learn the right technique to progress at a rate suitable to themselves. It includes two hours of lessons per day. This will all depend on the conditions the ocean provides on the day. Lessons are fun but structured, with theoretical exercises on the beach and practical exercises in the water. Moher Surf has soft boards for beginners and hard boards for more intermediate / advanced surfers.
If you are totally new to surfing, do not worry. Moher Surf will start you off slowly with some tips on how to adapt to the ocean environment. They will explain the safety rules and show you how to glide onto whitewater waves, as well as explain all of the surf equipment. Then, you will follow with learning how to position yourself correctly on your feet. Throughout the week, the course will advance with exercises demonstrating how to successfully paddle into waves, pop up at the ideal moment, and introduce turning and wave positioning all on Lahinch beach.
Moher Surf would like to introduce intermediate / advanced surfers to the conditions available on the day and go over how to stay safe in the local breaks. The main tool for intermediate and advanced surfers is video analysis and consistent feedback from the instructors surfing with you. Depending on individual levels, Moher Surf will try to take you out on some of the local reef breaks depending on conditions available.
Notes: Surfing is dependent on the swells available, but the conditions are most often suitable for beginners in summer. Do not fear the cold! Moher Surf provides excellent five-millimeter wetsuits, boots, and hoods if needed. In summer, the water temperature is a refreshing 16 degrees Celcius.
You can get away from the crowd and see the cliffs from the other side.
You can see the stunning limestone moonscape land on a two-hour hike.
If the ocean goes flat, Moher Surf knows a place along the world famous cliffs where it is safe to dive into the sea.
You can see some of the less visited local beaches north and south of Lahinch.
Travel to Inisheer and try to find Dusty, the local dolphin often seen from the ferry.
Only one and a half hour away from Lahinch, the bustling heart of the west coast is a must-see for visitors.
If you enjoy a drink, then let Moher Surf take you around some of the best traditional Irish music pubs on earth.
This surf camp will take place in Lahinch, Ireland. Lahinch is a small rural town sheltered from the wild Atlantic storms at the end of Liscannor Bay in County Clare. Surfing has become increasingly popular along the two-kilometer stretch of golden sand over the past decade or so, giving life to the growing local surf culture. The main street has a host of fantastic pubs with a friendly atmosphere, indulged upon by locals and visitors alike. Kenny's Bar is the favorite haunt with live music seven nights a week in summer and arguably the best Guinness in town.
Only 10 kilometers away over the hill, at the foot of the cliffs of Moher, the port town of Doolin offers passage to the miniature and timeless land of the Aran Islands, where life moves at its own pace and Irish is still spoken among the local folk. Inland, the scenery turns into a sparsely vegetated but beautiful land of limestone rock, craggy cliffs, and deep caves. In the Burren, you can walk along the natural pavement of karst rock and see signs of its ancient beginnings 300 million years ago as a tropical seabed, before happening upon a portal tomb like Poulnabrone, a burial site for the ancient neolithic Irish hunter-gatherers.
You will be served continental breakfast during this camp. Full cooking facilities are also available.
Travel north into County Galway and see the stunning mountain scenery of Connemara, the land intertwined with the sea. You will visit Ireland's only fjord and swim in the pristine water of this magical landscape.
It is a local organic farm and sustainable living community, set up by Ireland's most well-known professional surfer, Fergal Smith.
The amazing local guide will show you how to pick and cook with wild plants and seaweeds.
Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB). From this airport, get a city coach to Ennis for three hours and transfer to a local Lahinch bus or arrange for collection in Ennis for an extra 20 EUR.
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