*All of these spots are listed in the stormrider guide and on magicseaweed and are therefor accepted as not being considered secret! All care has been taken not to mention any of the surf spots which cant be found in these places.
* Suitable for beginners to intermediate surfers
The centre of surfing in South East of Ireland and where we are based! With its 5km stretch of beach. Average beachbreak peaks that occasionally turn on with the elusive NE offshore Wind.
Suitable for intermediate & advanced surfers
Suitable for advanced surfers
The first thing you are going to need when learning to Surf is a surfboard. As a guide if you are under 12 stone we recommend that you use an 8ft mini mal to start with and if you are over 12 stone look at learning on a 9ft longboard or bigger. We also recommend that you use a soft top surfboard for your first few times surfing and getting at least one lesson from a surf school.
If you live in a cold climate just like we do here in Ireland then you will also need a wetsuit. In Ireland we use a 3mm wetsuit in the summer months (June, July, August) and a 5mm wetsuit for winter. Some people who want to be extra warm will use a 6mm wetsuit in winter. Depending on the water temperature you may also need boots, gloves and a hood. We also recommend using boots if the beach your learning on has lots of stones.
You must attach your leash (Sometimes called leg rope) to your leg, just above your ankle. In this photo you can see a leash that is on a surfer's leg correctly. Also note that the leash must go on your back foot (your back foot is the foot that is behind you when you pop up, if you don't know what a pop up is don't worry as we will explain it further on.
Once you have all your equipment ready and your leg rope on you may want to practice the pop up technique which is used to get you to your feet from the lying down position on the surfboard. The first thing you need to do is lay down on the board with you feet together at the back of the board, then in a very fast motion go from the lying down position to the standing position. This movement is done by pushing your chest up in the air using your hands and jumping to your feet. You should then be standing with you feet spread apart in a crouched position. In the next photo you can see the person correctly lying down and the other person correctly standing.
Do keep in mind that when you actually do this in the water then the nose of the board should not be lifted up out of the water nor under the water, the board should be lying flat on top of the water.
Once you have perfected the technique of the popup we recommend you jump in the water to practice it out, the next thing to do is to read this article on Catching a Wave.
Although this surfing ailment is commonly referred to as Surfer's Ear, the medical term is actually Exostosis (which really means abnormal bone growth) within the ear canal. Similar to Pterygia, Surfer's Ear is your body's reactions and protective mechanisms in response to the ocean's extreme conditions. Extended exposure to cold wind and cold water can result in abnormal bone growth that narrows the ear canal with the possibility of complete blockage. This condition is called “Surfer’s Ear” due to its prevalence among cold water surfers in cooler climates, however Exostosis is not surfing specific. Divers and kayakers are also vulnerable to Exostosis.
If the abnormal bone growth blocks most of the ear canal, symptoms may include infections causing earaches and eventually hearing loss.
Treatment of “Surfer’s Ear”
Surgical removal of Exostosis is often successful, and there are a series of options in surgical techniques. Some are more invasive than others. Earplugs and neoprene hoods can help keep the cold water from reaching the eardrum, and thus prevent the growth of the Exostosis. For more information and a video of the surgery, check out the Shoet Ear Associates website.
We are currently selling Doc's Pro Plugs in the shop. They are a good prevention for Surfers Ear, cost €20.00 and can be used again and again. They're vented in design, allowing you to keep an ear out for waves and everything else that's going on around you.
We also offer standard ear plugs for €4.00.
Nothing is more important to the new surfer than choosing their first board. Those thin, narrow rockets the big names are riding sure look exciting, but they are a disaster for surfers learning initial techniques. Therefore, keep these tips in mind when choosing your first surfboard.
At Tramore Surf Shop and School we always recommend you learn to surf first on our rental foamy surfboards. We also have these for sale when you're ready to take the next step. Depending on the speed of your progression, these are good for your first few times surfing, after this you should feel confident enough to catch a small wave and get to you feet.
While learning how to surf, you're most likely going to ding and scratch a board if you really putting it to good use - so don't spend too much cash. A €700 surfboard will ding as easy as a €400 surfboard. It's not about looks, so ignore the design or brand initially.
If you purchase a second hand board be aware that dings which show foam or any removal of lamination should be avoided.
All the cool guys and girls have small, narrow surfboards, right? So what! You're not cool yet, you're still learning! Get a board that will give floatation and allow for easy paddling - it'll make learning easier.
A good size board for a beginner surfer would be around 7 feet long and 19-21 inches wide and at least 2-3 inches thick. This all depends on your size, so be sure you can comfortably carry and wield the surfboard in the water. Just make sure your surfboard stands at least a foot taller than you.
Generally, an 8 stone surfer should look for a 6 foot 10 inch board while a 10 stone surfer might look towards a 7 foot 2 inch board. At 13 stone, try to go above 7 foot 6 inches.
Don't worry about the tail shape or number of fins on your surfboard.
These parts of a surfboard don't matter for the time being. For the first 3-6 months, you really shouldn't worry about turning or doing maneuvers, so whether your surfboard is a swallow tail,pintail or only has one fin is really pointless.
For the record, 3-fin boards are the easiest to turn and the most functional fin set up for the advanced and intermediate surfer.
These are the most basic rules for choosing your first surfboard. It's always best to ask someone who can help, and all of the staff at the surf shop are fully trained and ready to help with any queries. This is why we always recommend dropping by and having a chat with us - we have a large range of boards and can show you through which boards would suit you best.
Our online shop also has video descriptions for all our NSP and Escape surfboards to aid you in your first purchase!
If your board is too big or buoyant to duck dive then you need to turtle roll your board.
The duck diving lesson is all well and good for surfers who ride shortboards, but what about those longboard lads and ladies out there? Hopefully you've found your way here before trying to duck dive your 12-foot board in 6-foot surf and taking a battering.
Duck diving relies on sinking the board nose first and going underneath the wave. Longboards are too buoyant to get away with this. The turtle roll (also know as an Eskimo roll) is the best way to get out to the lineup on a longboard.
Longboards in the Lineup
The guys over on the longboard forum were kind enough to put a few tips together on how to roll with style. Here's how you do it:
As the wave comes towards you
As with surfing in general, it's not good form to let go of your board when faced with breaking waves; it may injure other water users. Also remember that you have to keep clear of surfers who are riding in on waves. It's your responsibility to keep out of the way, even if it means paddling into a wall of whitewater.
hold the board near the nose when rolling under; it's dangerous. Grabbing near the nose in this situation will almost guarantee a backwards cartwheel as the entire board gets launched.
wrap your legs around the board. What can happen is that with the body laying horizontally, it doesn't act as a sea anchor. The board and rider then accelerate towards the beach, the tail of the board digs in, and the board and rider then cartwheel backwards.
It's not easy, and like duck diving, it is really all about practicing. It's a lot harder to get a longboard through a wave than it is a shortboard. The bonus with a longboard is that you can paddle it in-between waves faster. There's a whole world of technique happening down there when rolling under, and some effective decision making is also required.