Surf conditions are firing on the west coast all week and in to the weekend. As the saying goes, ‘fill your boots’.
And in a break from our scheduled programming we go over now to the newsroom for some breaking news.
Well what is the point in having a campervan if you can’t be spontaneous and go with the flow?
The flow in this case is cascading towards the west coast all week. The surf has been pumping along the Wild Atlantic Way – check out www.magicseaweed.com – if you don’t believe someone from the most landlocked county in the country.
You will be spoilt for choice as the charts show that it’s firing on all cylinders up and down the coast. It’s a good honest Atlantic swell giving clean sets all week and right into the weekend of between 3ft to 6ft, with an excellent period from 11 seconds out to 16 second intervals, keeping it nice and tidy. That easterly wind, while making things more chilly for this time of the year, it is also ensuring a stiff offshore breeze along the west coast will keep that incoming swell righteous and in good shape. With some sunshine even forecast over the next few days that’s sort as good as it gets in terms of an ideal line-up. As the saying goes, ‘fill your boots’.
Put all that in the mix along with it holding into the weekend, when people have a chance to get away and you have to down tools, (prioritise Laois Surfers!!) and head west.
Among those taking advantage of the good waves in Lahinch this week was none other than Hollywood star, Domhnall Gleeson, who hooked up with Ben’s Surf Clinic Surf School for a lesson and dip. And Ben even grabbed a selfie to prove it. Cool.
Two stars, Ben and Domhnall
The water is a nippy 10 degrees but once you have the wet suit, booties and gloves, (which you can easily hire locally) you’re good to go for an hour or two and the forecast is for temperatures overall to go upwards of 12 degrees, not a scorcher but it all helps.
I’m definitely heading to Lahinch or Rossnowlagh my two pet spots and if you are going to Clare, do keep in mind that the West Coast Surf Club C-Skins Junior Championships are being staged in Lahinch this weekend, April 14/15, which will make it a bit busier, but also bring a bit of a buzz.
The conditions currently firing on the west coast and the Magic Seaweed forecast below.
John Whelan is a vastly experienced midlands based journalist and editor who has contributed extensively to the country's leading national and regional titles, as well as broadcast outlets. He runs the media services company, Communicate Ireland www.communicateireland.ie.
John is a keen camping and campervan enthusiast with an interest in music, culture, heritage and outdoor pursuits. He has written for the Sunday Times, Sunday Independent and the Woman's Way on these topics.
He is also an author, and his latest book, The Last Beekeeper, reflects his love of nature, the landscape and our shared responsibility to protect the environment. The Last Beekeeper is available to preview and purchase at www.thelastbeekeeper.ie.