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Photo: Andy Hill | Surfing, Causeway Coast

The Causeway Coast has the best surf in Northern Ireland. The main surf beaches are West Strand and East Strand in Portrush itself, a few minutes walk from The Open. White Rocks is at the far end of East Strand, just in front of the Royal Portrush Golf Club. Portstewart Strand you can drive onto, free with National Trust. All beaches have hire facilities for boards and wetsuits. As for all the other beaches, beware of rips. We have quite a few deadly ones, so please surf only where there are life guards if you’re not a pro.

In this section we’ll show you how to do a bit of surfing in between the golf if the waves are great and you fancy a dip. Word of warning – our water is cold. Don’t let that put you off, just hire a good wetsuit and you’ll be fine. Our guys in the hire shops will keep you right. As always we’d love to see your surf and beach pics shared around the world to help us encourage more people to come here – so please tag with #causewaycoast and #NI. Enjoy the surf! :O)

NI Surfing Montage | By Bob Lar, Photographer

Portrush East Strand | Nearest surf beach to The Open (5 mins)

Best surf beaches | Causeway Coast


The Causeway Coast is the surf coast of Northern Ireland. Amazing beaches, great waves – you can’t have a full Portrush experience without having a surf! We have 4 great local surf schools staffed by brilliant locals on hand to show you how to do it. Book early as these will be really popular.


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Magicseaweed | Portrush surf report

How to interpret surf reports

Surf shops | Portrush

Woodies Surf Shop, Portrush. For boards, gear hire and their T-shirts as great souvenirs - authentic Woodies Portrush clothing
Troggs Surf Shop, Portrush - surf stuff and gear hire + great surf gifts and souvenirs

Skunkworks | N.Irish made Surfboards

Chris and Ricky Martin, 2 brothers from the Causeway Coast, are revolutionising the world of surfboards. How? Check out the vid below! Or click on the boards below to head to their site. #madeinNI