3 Days in Lahinch

Wrecked, aching and stoked all at once after three good days surfing down at Lahinch!

This was one of the first trips in a while with a lot of the gang together; 9 surfers and a few spectators! West Coast Lodge was our humble abode for the weekend and it was perfect… Duncan and Carol have a great setup there and the spread of breakfast every morning got us fueled up for a good few hours in the water.
I arrived at Lahinch early on Friday evening and got straight into the water. It was high tide, I was out on my own and to ensure I wasn’t thrown on the rocks at the prom I went a bit further down the beach where it was a bit safer.
We all got two surfs in on Saturday (with a cheeky nap in between!) and a final surf Sunday.

It was on the lips of a lot of surfers all week; the perfect surf conditions expected on the west coast for the weekend and guess what… it arrived! I’ve never seen Lahinch beach as busy and I heard reports that Doonbeg was as busy too.
The biggish swell, good wave period and favourable wind meant that a few of the top spots in and around the Lahinch area were on with a good few seasoned surfers hitting Crab and Aileens.
I saw Fergal Smith at Kenny’s Saturday night so he was obviously here to take full advantage of the great conditions.
The waves at Lahinch ranged from 1 foot up to around 5 foot over the weekend. It was great conditions to have a good go on the new board, the best so far.
It’s tough not living beside the coast and trying to progress your surfing but the 3 days at the weekend really brought a lot of us a long way with many nice sized, clean waves caught.

Next weekend its Bundoran for a couple of surfs; there’s a charity party night on Saturday at Bundoran Surf Co. so it should be a bit of craic and the wave forecast is looking promising again!

Colin Cooney
Surfer, Amateur photographer and Garden Designer. Co Owner of Surf Around Ireland….need to know more, get in touch!

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