Competition Venues

Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on the County Londonderry border.  The area is well known for its sandy beaches West Strand, East Strand, White Rocks and Portballintrae which produce world class surf. The beaches provide lots of options in varying conditions for small to large swell and different wind strengths and directions.

The main competition venue will be East Strand with the option to move to another break to get better conditions.

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East Strand

The East Strand site does hold a big wave. This can cause hazards as the heavy waves become big with strong rips. The site gets busy in summer and is suitable for intermediate – advanced paddlers. There is car parking and toilets close to the site and the town is just a short walk away.

Location: North facing beach on east side of Portrush town.

Name of Beach / Break

Whiterocks

Location

Portrush

Distance from East Strand

2 miles – 10 mins

Break Type

Beach Break

Access to beach (vehicle / foot)

No vehicle access to beach

Car parking

Large car pack adjacent to beach

Do RNLI cover beach

Yes

Useful Information/ Notes

Judging will need to be set up on beach

Large enough for two sites running concurrently

Directions

Portrush to Whiterocks

 

 

Name of Beach / Break

West Strand

Location

Portrush

Distance from East Strand

1 mile – 5 mins

Break Type

Beach Break

Access to beach (vehicle / foot)

No vehicle access to beach

Car parking

Large car pack adjacent to beach

Do RNLI cover beach

Yes

 Useful Information/ Notes

 Judging will need to be set up on beach with site of full beach

Large enough for two sites running concurrently

Directions

Portrush to West Strand

 

 

 

Name of Beach / Break

Portballintrae

Location

Portballintrae

Distance from East Strand

5 miles – 15 mins

Break Type

Beach Break

Access to beach (vehicle / foot)

No vehicle access to beach

Car parking

Large car park 5 min walk from beach

Do RNLI cover beach

No

Information/ Notes

 Judging must be set up on beach

Possible for 2 sites running, however may be two small

Directions

Portrush to Portballintrae

 

 

 

Name of Beach / Break

Castlerock

Location

Castlerock Village, Co. Derry

Distance from East Strand

14 miles – 30 mins

Break Type

Beach Break / Rivermouth Point

Access to beach (vehicle / foot)

Vehicle access for 4 x 4

Car parking

Med. car park 5 min walk from beach

Do RNLI cover beach

Yes

 Information/ Notes

 Judging must be set up on beach

Possible 2 sites running concurrently

Directions

Portrush to Castlerock

 

 

 

Name of Beach / Break

Benone

Location

Benone Beach, Co. Derry

Distance from East Strand

18 miles – 35 mins

Break Type

Beach Break

Access to beach (vehicle / foot)

Vehicle access along entire beach

Car parking

car parking on beach / small car park

Do RNLI cover beach

Yes

 Information/ Notes

 Judging must be set up on beach

Possible 2 sites running concurrently

Directions

Portrush to Benone Beach

 

 

 

Name of Beach / Break

White Park Bay

Location

Ballintoy, Co. Antrim

Distance from East Strand

11 miles – 20 mins

Break Type

Beach Break

Access to beach (vehicle / foot)

No vehicle access to beach

Car parking

Do RNLI cover beach

No

 Information/ Notes

 Judging must be set up on beach

Possible 2 sites running concurrently

Long walk from car park to beach

Directions

Portrush to White Park Bay

 

 

 

Name of Beach / Break

Culdaff Beach

Location

Inishowen, Co. Donegal

Distance from East Strand

60 miles – 1.5 hrs (30 miles with ferry)

Break Type

Beach Break

Access to beach (vehicle / foot)

No vehicle access to beach

Car parking

Med. Car park beside beach

Do RNLI cover beach

No

Information notes

 Judging must be set up on beach

Not large enough for 2 sites

 Directions

Portrush to Culdaff Beach

 

 

 

Name of Beach / Break

Pollan Bay

Location

Ballyliffen, Co. Donegal

Distance from East Strand

65 miles – 1 hrs 45mins

Break Type

Beach Break

Access to beach (vehicle / foot)

Vehicle access for 4 x 4

Car parking

Med. Car park beside beach

Do RNLI cover beach

No

  Judging must be set up on beach

Not large enough for 2 sites

Directions

Portrush to Pollan Bay

 

 

 

Name of Beach / Break

Rossnowlagh

Location

Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal

Distance from East Strand

90 miles – 2.5 hrs

Break Type

Beach Break

Access to beach (vehicle / foot)

Vehicle access along beach on low tide

Car parking

Small car park adjacent to beach

Do RNLI cover beach

Yes

 Judging from Beach

Large enough for 2 sites running concurrently

Directions

Portrush to Rossnowlagh

 

 

 

 

Name of Beach / Break

Tullan Strand

Location

Bundoran, Co. Donegal

Distance from East Strand

100 miles – 2.5 hrs

Break Type

Beach Break

Access to beach (vehicle / foot)

No vehicle access to beach

Car parking

Med. Car park 5 mins walk from beach

Do RNLI cover beach

No

Information/ Notes

 Judging from beach

Large enough for 2 sites running concurrently

Directions

Portush to Tullan Strand

 

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