Places to Surf in Waterford


*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.

Tramore Main Beach

* 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.

On bigger swell usually better on high tide and smaller swell better on low tide!
Surf Shops, Surf Schools and Ding Repair services all available in the town.

Tramore Incredible Wave

Suitable for intermediate & advanced surfers

Another rare south coast treat, the Incredible Wave breaks off the headland at the eastern end of Tramore strand. Needs a big midwinter swell. Can be hollow. Park considerately in Fitzgerald Lane near Brownstone. Water quality as above.

Tramore Incredible Wave forcast on Magicseaweed



Suitable for intermediate & advanced surfers

Open, south-facing beachbreak that can get hollow and have more power than Tramore. There's a rivermouth that helps create strong rips. Works all tides if big enough but mid generally best with reforms and shorey action.Limited parking at west end slipway. Sometimes crowded.

Annestown & The Perfect Wave

Suitable for advanced surfers

One of the south coast's finest reefbreaks. A short, sucky and hollow left that rarely gets the NE wind it needs to be offshore and large SW swell. Watch out for the rocks as access is through a small gap in them. Same car park as Annestown.

How to Surf

Surfboard to use for learning to surf

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.

What sort of wetsuit to buy

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.

Putting on Your Leash

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.

The pop up

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.


Surfer's Ear: Exostosis

 Definition: What is “Surfer’s Ear?”

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.

 Symptoms of “Surfer’s Ear”

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.

More Information:


Choosing your first Surfboard

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.

Rent Before You Buy

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.

Your First Surfboard Should Be Cheap

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.

Your First Surfboard Should Be Big And Thick

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 Surfboard Shape

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.

Final Thoughts...

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!



How to Turtle Roll a Longboard


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

  • Flip the board over with the board on top of you, fins facing upwards.
  • Pull the board down towards you, grabbing hold of the board near the middle or even a little further back.
  • Try to keep your body vertical in the water with the board overhead, letting your body act as a sea anchor.
  • Hold on tightly to your rails as the force of the wave can easily yank the board out of your grip. (It's worthwhile waxing your rails where you usually hold on.)
  • EITHER extend your arms above your head (You achieve maximum sea anchor effect but lose a little grip; better in smaller to medium waves.)
  • OR pull the board down on to the head and keep pulling the board down hard. This gives a tremendously strong grip but is best done with a helmet as slight bruising can occur. There's often a slight jolt but not as bad as one might expect. This method also tends to lose a bit more distance.
  • As the wave breaks over you, thrust the board forward ahead of you, punching it through the wave, the board pulling you after it.
  • Once the wave has passed, flip the board back over and climb aboard, smiling to yourself after having pulled a perfect turtle roll.

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.

NEVER 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.

NEVER 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.