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The geography of Northern Ireland means you are never far away from water:

The North Coast is a favourite for adrenaline junkies searching for speed and wave riding. Lough Neagh and Lough Erne provide excellent sheltered conditions for those learning the basics and on a windy day can provide exhilarating flat water blasting.

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Ballyronan

Grid Reference: H948856

Situated on the North West shore of Lough Neagh with good car parking and sandy beach for easy launching. Calm conditions are perfect for beginners but can get extremely rough (6ft swells) in a Southerly.

Cranfield

Grid Reference: J036851

Another venue not suitable for beginners. Based on the North shore of Lough Neagh massive swells are produced in a strong South Westerly. Sailors should beware of rocky shallows becoming deep very quickly.

Kinnego Marina

Grid Reference: J056608

Set on the Southern shores of Lough Neagh, suitable for beginners and experts alike. Conditions are best in a Northerly wind as it is steady and produces a small swell.

Newtownards

Grid Reference: J507721

A large windsurfing community base themselves at Newtownards Sailing Club on Strangford Lough. The horse shoe beach provides excellent conditions in a Southerly but is therefore very patchy in a Northerly. Sailing Club membership gains access to warm changing rooms and showers. For those hardier sailors; free but rockier access to the water can be made via a lay-by just past the Sailing Club.

Portballintrae

Grid Reference: C923420

Only suitable for advanced windsurfers. Provides excellent wave jumping and wave riding conditions. Best conditions are in a South Westerly with a Westerly swell. The sandbank just offshore provides fast but well spaced waves. Sailors should take care of a nasty shore break and rip tides.

Portrush

Grid Reference: C849400

Portrush offers a great variety with two main strands both with easy access. The West Strand is most popular providing excellent wave riding and wave jumping conditions. However the East Strand is good if the swell is large. Conditions are best in from a South Westerly to through to an Easterly.

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