Cool Irish perfection, warm hospitality
West coast beaches, reefs, slabs, points and wedges
Suitable for all riding abilities
Guaranteed improvements or your money back
Like the idea of our week-long Irish expedition but only have a weekend free? Then our Bundoran weekender is tailor made for you – stuffed full of epic waves, empty barrels and a warm Irish welcome. Book now to experience an awesome bodyboard coaching weekend sure to live long in the memory.
Water temperature: 13°C
Local currency: Euro
Local beer: Donegal Blonde
Reliable Atlantic swell
Great variety of reef, beach and point breaks
Perfect for riders of all abilities
Bespoke one-on-one coaching available
Daily missions to the best waves
A mini version of our week-long trip
Come and enjoy a two-day version of our popular week-long trip as we head to the north west of Ireland for an awesome weekend of hunting empty beaches, perfect waves and sick setups, all with a healthy dose of warm Celtic ‘craic’.
Irish locals know all too well the perfect waves and numerous secret spots along this coastline, and it’s rightly earned a reputation as the cool-water Indonesia, thanks to its abundant swell and pure, hollow power. No wonder you’re all sporting a knowing smile!
Our local guides are dialled in to all the top spots and we’ll make sure you score the best of them – we’re here to set you up for an awesome weekend hit of bodyboard coaching in waves suitable for all abilities, staying in the renowned surf town of Bundoran.
On both days we’ll head out and explore the stunning, wave-rich coastline, which offers an incredible variety of beach breaks, reefs, slabs and wedges, all hoovering up raw Atlantic swell and laying it out with remarkable consistency.
The people you’ll meet on this weekend are all feeding the same addiction for travel, scoring epic waves, improving their riding and enjoying immense sunsets. So come along, make new bodyboarding friends and get wet!
The epic setups of Ireland have long been known to the lucky locals, but it has only been over the last 10 years that the wider bodyboarding population has discovered some of the Emerald Isle’s long-kept secrets.
Partly protecting Britain’s west coast, Ireland absorbs all the raw swell generated from distant hurricanes off the US east coast, long-period low pressure systems spinning up from the tropics, and sinking Arctic lows brought east on the jet stream.
All of this energy hits every beach, bay, cove, cliff, nook and cranny on Ireland’s west coast, lighting up literally thousands of surf breaks, some found, many not.
The water is cool, the air is fresh, but the Irish welcome is always warm. We get stuck into the best around Bundoran and up and down its coasts, seeking out some of the incredible variety of beaches, reefs, wedges, slabs and point breaks on offer here.
One of the best A-frame peaks you’ll ever see, The Peak breaks at low tide on the push and throws out a shortish, hollow right and a longer, better left with multiple sections. Hugely consistent, works at any size, and is bang offshore in SE winds – it’s the feather in Bundoran’s cap.
A solid all-rounder, Tullan Strand is one of those dependable swell-magnets which works throughout the tide on swells of any size, all throughout the year. Best at low tide with a west swell and a SE wind, it’s an open break that offers a load of left and right-handers with high consistency.
One for us spongers, Black Spot is a solid reef on the border which gives short, slabby lefts at low tide, and longer, hollower rights at high tide.
Easkey offers both a right and high-quality left-hand reef break, both of which can get epic on their day. The right works best at low tide, and gives long walls to tear apart. The left is one of the gems of this coast, and the country. It works on all tides, all swell and can handle the big stuff.
This spot is mainly a left-hand reef which picks up a fair bit of swell, and also has a pretty decent right too, which works best at low tide. It’s an easy paddle and is offshore in a S/SE wind.
As well as the above, there are also a whole host of epic secret spots which even our Irish guides don’t tell us the names of!
A perfect spot to recharge between sessions, guests will have first-come, first-served dibs on our traditional coastal property just a stone’s throw from some of the best surf breaks in the area, including the incredibly consistent wedges of Tullan Strand.
The accommodation has all the luxuries of home, but with the added bonus of being able to check out Bundoran Peak and Main Beach within minutes of the house.
If you miss out on a spot in the main house, we will also be offering rooms in another booger house in town, again just a short distance to the waves, and right in the heart of the action.
When it comes to eating out, there is also an excellent selection of local restaurants and pubs in nearby towns to grab a bite and a pint. First up on this list is local bodyboarder Shane Meehan’s restaurant ‘Stoked’ in Strandhill – even the tables are bodyboard shaped, you’ll feel right at home!
It may be a cliché, but in north-west Ireland in autumn it certainly holds true: you can experience four seasons in one day!
But while the weather may change its mood regularly, we can always rely on the ocean to deliver the goods. The abundance of swell – often groomed, long-period groundswell – that serves the strata in this region means you’re often spoiled for choice, made all the harder when so many of the breaks will be totally empty.
Sunshine or not, you’re guaranteed to keep the cold at bay with firing beaches, smoking reefs and the friendly warmth of the locals, who’ll make it a home from home.
Regardless, it’s probably still a smart idea to line up some suitable clothing for the weekend, so you know the drill – bring a warm, waterproof coat, a cosy beanie, shorts and flips flops!
While it’s rarely cold in the water in the autumn, we’d suggest bringing a full-length, sealed-seam 4/3mm or 5/3mm wetsuit and socks, keeping you toasty but flexible for an awesome weekend of bodyboarding.
Bundoran town and the surrounding area has some great pubs, restaurants and eateries, and a decent feed can be had for about £10 a head plus drinks. There are self catering facilities in the accommodation so it is possible to eat well on a budget with a little planning. There are well stocked super markets nearby.
When on our surfari, it’s worth packing some healthy snacks to keep the stoke going and refuel between sessions, as well as a few Euros for a coffee while we double check the charts for the afternoon session.
While Bundoran and its surrounds offers a large variety of beaches and surf breaks catering to riders of all abilities, the sheer quantity of high-quality spots in this area will naturally attract some boogers who are already riding at a decent standard.
Intermediate and Advanced level coaching
If you’re an intermediate-level bodyboarder looking to ratchet your riding up a level and land aerial moves or tighten up your pocket-riding game, the peaks, banks and reef set-ups here offer the perfect opportunity to do so.
And of course the west coast of Ireland is home to some of the heaviest and most respected reef waves in the world. While we won’t be trekking down to Riley’s or trying our hand at towing-in at Mullaghmore, this northern stretch of coastline is more than capable of offering waves of consequence. You can realistically expect to get some of the best waves found any where in the world when the conditions come together.
So if you’re an advanced-level rider looking to step it up in bigger waves, maybe stalling to get deeper in the barrel, or to get more technical with your boosts and rotations, this area is a playground of possibilities.
Whatever your level, our coaching team is on hand to offer daily tuition should you want it. This is tailored to your ability, with instructors who are in-house qualified and fully insured, and includes beach, water and classroom-based tuition.
Foundation level coaching
Don’t stress if you’re a beginner – on this camp there’s something for everyone, and we all have to start somewhere. In fact, you’ll be amazed how quickly you master paddling out to catch good-quality waves, and we’re committed to patiently helping you progress.
To aid with this, we send out a pre-event form to measure your ability before you arrive. If you’ve not attended a coaching weekend or holiday before, don’t worry – we can have a surf assessment, get to grips with your riding and help plot you a path of improvements.
Our coaching covers all levels of riding, with separate ability groups and instructors to suit your standard, whether you’re a novice or a pro.Our instructors are on hand with groups in the water, able to give extra tips on the beach, and give detailed feedback during our informal classroom analysis.
Our team comprises experienced lifeguards, some of whom have 20 years of surfing and worldwide travel behind them all trained by multiple-times British National Champion and Team Coach Rob Barber.
You’ll never be thrown straight into the deep end. We’ve got your back whatever your ability, and that’s a promise. Likewise, intermediate and advanced-level coaching is also tailored towards the individual.
As well as coaching, we’re also keen to develop your learning and understanding of the sport in general giving you the tool kit to develop your bodyboarding in sessions after the trip is over. This is why we offer a separate Q&A session, answering all things bodyboarding: equipment, travel, safety, surf prediction, understanding pressure charts and bodyboarding fitness.
If you’re already based in Ireland, aim for Bundoran for an early Saturday morning start. If you’re coming from abroad, you need to make your own travel arrangements to Ireland, so we recommend lining up a travel agent to get good deals, or use Skyscanner to hunt the best flights for you.
If you are flying from the UK, we work closely with the good people at Dial-A-Flight, so get in touch and they can hook you up – just give them a call and ask to speak to our bodyboarder-friendly agent, Lee. Failing that, contact us directly and we can always recommend airlines to look at and routes that previous customers have used.
If you’d rather book yourself, there are many budget airlines which offer cheap flights from the UK and beyond to Belfast and Dublin.
To make logistics easier (and to get you in the water quicker!), we ask all of our clients to fly into Dublin, arriving on Friday morning. We can then all travel over together reducing costs and booked to leave in the evening on Sunday.
If you want to arrive earlier or leave later, that’s fine. We’ll let you know where and when to meet us on the Saturday morning. However please be aware, if you arrive at an airport other than Dublin you’ll need to find your own way to Bundoran.
Alternatively, if you want to have the luxury of your own set of wheels during the weekend, you can catch a ferry from Pembrokeshire, Holyhead or France for varying prices.
If going for this option, please plan ahead and give yourself enough time to make your way up to Bundoran from your arrival port – some of the roads in Ireland can get very small very quickly, and the last thing you want is the extra stress when you’re late of meandering in the wrong direction, stuck behind a herd of craggy Irish livestock.
You have to expect pot holes, missing signs and delays on the roads here, so just chill and enjoy the views – they’re magnificent!
Bundoran Bodyboard Weekend £149
Photography is available to take home for £20
Video footage of the weekend is available to take home for £10
Accommodation for Friday and Saturday night in a shared room – please contact us
Accommodation for Friday and Saturday night in a private room – please contact us
Accommodation for a non bodyboarding partner is – please contact us
If you are flying in to Dublin airport we will car share over to Bundoran, there will be a cost for this, budget around £50 return.
Budget £10 for a meal in a pub or restaurant or use the self catering facilities in the accommodation to eat well on a budget. We will have the option of a social meal and a few drinks on the Saturday evening.
The north west of Ireland is like the land that time forgot. From stunning, calm, turquoise bays that look like they’re out of a Caribbean travel brochure, you can round a headland and suddenly find a wild and roaring ocean.
Home to soaring cliffs, frenzied seabirds and emerald-green pastures, the area also benefits from the Glenveagh National Park, a mountain wilderness alive with flora and fauna.
The landscape here has plunging forested waterfalls, jagged mountains with peaks hidden in the clouds, and many a warm, cosy pub, ready to greet you with a smile.
But for us, it all comes back to the incredibly diverse and dynamic coastline, home to some truly awesome bodyboarding waves, which you could spend a lifetime exploring and still find yourself constantly surprised.
Pro-standard bodyboard hire – £8 per day
Swim fin hire – £8 per day
Wetsuit hire – £8 per day
Bodyboarding is one of life’s great pleasures, and we’re convinced if you haven’t already, you’ll want to get fully kitted out to get the most from the waves.
That’s why we offer an excellent selection of kit hire for the weekend, which can be ordered in advance and that we’ll bring along, so all you need to think about is the surf, sea and sun!
Feel free to call us on 01637 879571 and we can chat with you about what you’d need to hire so it’s ready and waiting for you when you arrive.
Being Northern Europe and not the tropics, we’d recommend a board with a bit of flex! Therefore aim to bring a board with either a stringered PE or a low-density PP core.
To help with this, we can supply hired boards which are perfect for use in Ireland’s cool temperatures and wave types.
If you need to hire one, or are interested in trying one different to your own, get in touch and we can get you sorted with the right-sized board so you can get the most out of the weekend.
With sea temperatures around 13C in October, we’d recommend a decent sealed seam 3/2mm or 4/3mm if you feel the cold, especially for early sessions.
It’s essential to use a pair of comfortable, powerful, bodyboarding swim fins to get the most from the awesome waves on the camp.
It’s a simple insurance policy on any trip, so don’t forget a leash – it’ll save you a whole load of unnecessary swimming.
Bodyboard travel bag
A decent board bag will keep your kit safely protected throughout your journey, especially when you consider the brutality of some baggage handlers. They range from £20 to more than £100 – the more you pay, the better protection you get. The best on the market is the Creatures wheelie bag, it’s heat-reflective, padded and you can wheel it around, saving your arms and shoulders for paddling.
Board socks perform a dual purpose, protecting your board from the sun, and drying you off as it’s a handy towel. The humble board sock is a great all-rounder.
Fin socks are a regulation piece of kit. They protect your feet from rub and sharp rocks, as well as keeping them toasty on the early morning sessions.
If you don’t wear wetsuit socks and want to prevent rub around your heels, it’s worth considering a set of heel shields. They make fins comfortable, stop chafe and have different thickness levels to suit the snugness of your fin.
Don’t let a lost fin ruin the rest of your trip. Bag a set of tethers and know you’ll pop up from every duck dive and wipeout with both fins still attached.
There are a range of sun creams geared specifically for bodyboarding, and we can attest they actually stay on in the water!
While we can’t guarantee bright blue skies, there’s nothing worse than having to sit out on an epic session because your sun cream washed off yesterday and today you’re painfully crispy.
- Two night’s Bundoran accommodation (optional)
- Transfer logistics from the airport to keep costs low
- Daily surfari to find the best waves to suit your ability
- Saturday evening social and meal (optional)
- 3 Bodyboard coaching sessions over two days, each averaging 2 hours each
- Video and photo analysis to advance your riding
- Expert tuition tailored to your ability from Rob Barber’s elite coaching team
- Guaranteed good times!
Our Bundoran weekender comprises two night’s surf town accommodation, and two days of tracking down some of the sickest waves to boog in northern Europe. Each day we’ll be surf-guided by our local expert to find the best waves for your ability.
After arrival we’ll show you to your digs, have an introductory group meeting and start getting the boards waxed up for the first session.
After a couple of hours in the water we’ll head back to the accommodation for a quick lunch and a refuel and to review the video or photos of the session. Once done we’re straight back on it for the afternoon – if it’s been pumping we’ll head back out at the same spot, or check out different spots to make the most of it before tides drop or winds switch.
Back at the accommodation we’ll go through a second photo and video analysis session, to watch everyone’s waves and see where gains have been and can be made in the next session. After this, we head out for dinner at our favourite local bar, hopefully witnessing a stunning sunset over the water. If you haven’t before, then this is the opportunity to try your first, none exported pint of Guiness. It’s a social evening reflecting on the days sessions. But not too many drinks as we want to be fresh for our Sunday morning waves!
On the Sunday we’ll be grabbing breako and suiting up for some morning waves. We’ll make this session count, building on the lessons from the Saturday, and really looking to progress to that next stage – whether it’s rail control in dropping in, weight distribution for tighter spins or lip timing for aerials.
5-6 October 2019
Frequently Asked Questions about our Portugal One To One Holiday.
Do I need a visa?
Visas are not required for British and European passport holders for stays of up to 90 days. Passports must be valid for three months from the date of entry into Ireland. Non-European travellers should seek advice about visa requirements from their travel agent.
I’m a silver surfer, will this be a problem?
If you’re over 60 years old – or will be turning 60 on the trip – we need to chat on the phone prior to booking. Please call us on 01637 879571, or email us to arrange a time for a call.
Can we contact you if we have travel problems?
On the day that you travel please keep your mobile phone handy so we can stay in touch in case of delays and flight changes. Please inform us at the airport if you’re early or delayed for any reason. If you need help to book your flight then just drop us a line.
If you can’t find our representative at Dublin airport stay there and wait, they won’t be far away, having tracked your arrival time. However, if you’re having real problems finding them, please call the trip leader, their number will have been supplied in the pre trip email. Or call +44 1637 879571 – one of us will be sure to locate you.
What’s the best way to transport my bodyboard and kit?
If you’re flying into Newquay, remember to check the baggage size and weight allowance with your airline, as well as read their guidance for carrying bodyboards. Baggage handlers can be unforgiving, so a tough bag and intelligent packing are a must.
Firstly, pack your board(s) in a protective, padded board bag, and write FRAGILE and TOP LOAD ONLY on it with the largest, most permanent marker you can find. Make sure you wrap your towel and clothes around your board inside the bag for added protection. Place your shampoo and other wet toiletries in a separate sealed bag in case of leakage. We also recommend locking your bag zips with a padlock.
Do I need personal travel insurance?
Please advise our coaching staff of any medical complaints or conditions prior to your trip.
We will ask for travel insurance details upon booking, so please organise this nice and early. We will also ask you to fill out an enrolment form with these details before the holiday.
How can I find out about medical advice for travelling?
Health and safety medical advice for travellers can be found at www.doh.gov.uk. Otherwise, contact your GP or the Department of Health (DoH) for further information.
Alternatively, from the UK you can call the helpline on free phone 0800 555777. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issues up-to-date information on safety issues for countries world-wide. Contact the FCO travel advice line on 020 7238 4503/4504 if you have any concerns.
What currency should I take and how much will I spend?
The currency in Ireland is the Euro, which you can pick up from travel agencies, banks or post offices. There are also exchange facilities in airports as well as ATMs, though this may cost you more.
Please get your money changed before the trip, or bring a valid card to take money out from the ATM. There is one a five-minute walk from the accommodation.
We plan to be surfing and chilling as much as possible, so please don’t bring currency other than Euros.
How much should I budget for the trip?
A budget of 20 Euros per day should be fine for food. There are many local markets and shops in the nearby towns if you’re looking to take presents home, so add this to your daily allowance.
Can I make contact from outside the UK?
If you are based outside of the UK and would like to chat through the trip details, we can be contacted through WhatsApp, Facetime or Skype, just let us know by email and we can arrange this with you.
How do I pay?
Payments are all made via our online invoicing system called Simple Invoices. Once you have confirmed you wish to join a trip we will send you an online invoice via email. Within this email there will be a link where that will take you to our secure payment system where you will need to enter your credit or debit card details to make the payment. In some circumstances we can facilitate a payment plan, just let us know if you wish to discuss this. Full payment must be made 12 weeks prior to the holiday start date.
What happens if I want to cancel my booking?
If you can no longer join the trip please let us know as soon as possible via email, your cancellation will be effective from the date which it is received by Bodyboard-Holidays. Cancellation charges are payable as follows:
Over 12 weeks – deposit only (one third of the total trip price)
36 days to 12 weeks – 50% of total cost
21-35 days – 75% of total cost
Under 20 days – 100% of total cost
However if your cancellation is within the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to make a claim. Further information here. https://bodyboard-holidays.com/terms-conditions/
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