Surfing at Carrowniskey Beach

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Learning How to Surf at Carrowniskey Beach with SurfMayo

We here at the Middle Way Hostel are attempting to make the best Hostel in Ireland. To us, this means offering our guests a perfect holiday of relaxation and fun; hence why our tagline is, “Where inner peace meets outdoor adventure.” 

Going camping in the wild is also fun, but again, after a few days, we miss can all miss home comforts. 

A perfect holiday should be one of balance. 

A holiday of physical activity and nature, leading into evenings of great food and relaxing drinks. 

Carrowniskey Beach
Carrowniskey Beach

Lounging by a pool all day under the sun sounds good in theory, but after a few days, boredom does set in. 

You must destress the body and mind, mind and body as one.

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Surf Mayo

Surfing in Westport

One of the best outdoor activities for de-stressing the mind is, of course, surfing, and once I became involved in the Middle Way project, I knew I had to learn to surf. 

Thankfully, Westport is home to one of the best beaches in Ireland to learn how to surf, Carrowniskey beach. 

carrowniskey beach
Carrowniskey Beach

Carrowniskey beach faces straight west which means it is one of the few locations on the entire coast of Ireland which picks up swell all year round. Plus it has a long, shallow shelf.

For surfers of all standards, but especially beginners, this makes Carrowniskey beach the best beach in Ireland to learn how to surf.

Elvia of Surf Mayo
Surf Instructor Elvis of Surf Mayo

Surf Lessons

Throughout the summer, I headed to Carrowniskey beach every weekend where I rented my surfboard, boots and wetsuit for €20 and hit the waves. 

standing with surf board
You can still catch big waves while standing. Great for beginners

Getting instruction and tips from Charles and Elvis of Surf Mayo, I began to improve. Carrowniskey beach is located just a few kilometres past Louisburgh, and the drive over is as beautiful as the beach itself. With Croagh Patrick on your left and Clew Bay on your right, the scenic drive is beautiful. 

Two kilometres past Louisburgh, you make a sharp right and turn down to Carrowniskey Beach. 

Elvia of Surf Mayo
Surf Mayo

Surf Mayo

The standard of gear, boots, boards and lessons is fantastic, and each instructor who works for Surf Mayo is amazing. Lessons are offered on the beach all the time and each instructor is extremely experienced. 

So, if you’re visiting Westport and you’re looking for 1 epic outdoor adventure, climb Croagh Patrick. 

surfing carrowniskey beach
Beautiful surroundings

But… if you’re looking for 2 epic outdoor adventures, then surfing at Carrowniskey Beach is definitely up there. 

An amazing bunch of guys, an amazing beach, amazing surf. 

If you want to know for sure what the waves are like, get in touch with the guys at Surf Mayo.

Paul Feeney
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