When you think of the west coast of Ireland you may not always think big waves and lots of wind - that’s the reality, that’s what makes it so great for surfing. The Atlantic tides along Clare’s rugged west coast are renowned as some of the finest surf Ireland has to offer. Ride the face of a wave waiting in anticipation of a late drop. When the break goes your way it's up to you to pull off as many turns and cutbacks as you can. If you're feeling adventurous you could set yourself up for a floater. Doughmore Beach, which is overlooked by The Lodge at Doonbeg, is a haven for surfers. Along the coastline there are a host of surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing schools that cater for people of all levels from beginners to experts.