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Surfing in Northern Ireland offers waves to suit everyone, from beginners to champions. The surf scene is based on Northern Ireland’s North Coast and in particular Portrush which is home to several surf schools and surf shops..and the weather is no excuse for not getting out surfing. The use of modern wetsuits means that surfing in Northern Ireland is a year round sport. In fact our infamous weather adds to the variety of wave conditions, meaning you can never get bored as every time you surf there is a new challenge.

How to get started
There are a number of surf schools in Northern Ireland that offer lessons for a range of abilities and provide equipment hire. Beginner's lessons are relatively inexpensive (compared to some other outdoor sports) and are essential if you want to get off to a good start and grasp the basics. It is important to be a competent swimmer and to be physically fit.

Is it easy?
Beginner's lessons allow you to develop the basic techniques, making it more likely that you will stay on your feet. Beginners usually start off on dry land to learn the necessary basic techniques, making it easier when you get into the water. Although it can take some time to get on your feet, you will still enjoy the freedom and exhilaration of being out in the ocean with just a board.

Is it expensive?
The use of beginner's boards and other essential equipment is usually included in the price of a lesson. Lessons can cost as little as £20 for 2 hours and often you can negotiate a good rate for a full week of surf lessons. Equipment hire is also available for those who no longer feel the need for lessons.

Should you want to purchase your own equipment, a wet suit and a board are the two main items, but these can also be bought second hand to reduce costs.

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Gullion Adventures, Killeavy, Newry

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Long Line Surf School, Limavady

Long Line Surf School is situated on Benone Beach and Portstewart Strand which offers a wide selection of packages from Beginner to Advanced surf lessons including school Board-Riders clubs.

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Four Elements Adventure Training, Irvinestown, Enniskillen

Four Elements Adventure specialises in training and consultancy for Outdoor Adventure Activities.

We prepare people to take groups into the outdoor environment safely both commercially and for leisure.

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Long John's Surf Academy,

Long John's Surf Academy invites you to come and try surfing/SUP at the surf capital of the Causeway Coast - Portrush.

This is the perfect place to learn to surf with fully qualified ASI instructor and 4 times Irish National Longboard Champion ...

Corralea Activity Centre Ltd,

Corralea offers the most picturesque scenery if you want to chill out in the country, enjoy the beauty of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Troggs Surf School,

The Troggs Quiksilver Surf School is the only Quiksilver school in N.Ireland and is located at the new North Coast Water Sports Centre in Portrush, Co. Antrim. Operated by Carl Russell.

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