- Published on Sunday, 31 July 2011 22:45
There are a few uncommon dangers when you are surfing that are specific to Tramore only, read to article to learn what you need to know.
- Always check the tide times. At high tide avoid surfing near or under the promenade wall. The waves will be breaking on the promenade wall 1 hour before high tide.
- If you are a beginner, confine your surfing to the area in front of the car park between the lifeguard huts and the skatepark. With every wave that breaks there is water pushed in towards the shore. This water must go back out again and usually does so in the form of rips or strong currents. In Tramore the current builds up in front of the lifeguards hut and when it hits the wall must head straight out. This rip is the most consistent on the beach. If you are inadvertently caught in this, paddle across it to get out of it. There is also another rip further down the beach beyond the main slip. This varies more due to shifting sand bars.
- Rips are usually visible as areas where the waves do not break when viewed from lower promenade. When you are in the water they are more difficult to spot but if you find yourself being swept out paddle parallel to the shore to get out of it. The rips are usually not very wide and do not generally go too far out. Their power increases with the size of the waves. Make yourself aware of the existence of the currents and their locations.
- Tide times for Tramore can be checked on our website.