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Lahinch in County Clare, Ireland, has been a
centre for surfing in Ireland since the late
1960's. The local club in Lahinch hosted the
European surf championships in 1972.

I became interested in surfing in the late 1980's.
It all started for me as a result of a chat in a
pub in Liscannor, County Clare, which led my wife
Rosemary and I to buy the original shop on the
prom in Lahinch in 1989, which became the first
dedicated surf shop in Ireland. - Thanks to Colm
Toner from Kilshanny Garden centre for the
inspiration and Gerry Collins from Great outdoors
Dublin for pointing us in the right direction for

Lahinch Surf Shop was the first of Ireland's surf shops...

Many people thought we had lost the plot. We
had some very strange reactions including
people trying to back horses as they thought
that the word Surf was really Turf. However,
the shop prospered and we eventually rebuilt on
the same site, which is now our current shop.

Over time, we have introduced many brands to
Ireland, most of whom have stayed with us and
given us an excellent service We hope to
continue to support surfing in this area by
supplying equipment of a high quality to all
surfers of every standard and helping the local
club in whatever way we can. We operate a trade
in policy for children’s wetsuits and all good
condition surfboards against new equipment.
This gives many the chance to obtain good used
suits and boards.

The shop was so popular for surf info that we
started the daily surf report on the web.

We continue to stock the best quality
surfboards, wetsuits, fashion and accessories.