But it’s off the coast of Sligo that ‘prowlers’ come to light. A prowler is a wave like no other, said to be up to 30 metres (100 feet) in height.
In 2011 Mullaghmore Head hosted Ireland’s first Big Wave contest, drawing surfers from across the globe. Tow-in surfing, where surfers are taken to the swell by jet-skis, is highly skilled and incredibly exciting to watch from the safety of the headland. But it’s best to watch in winter months, so you’ll want to wrap up warm while watching the show, before heading off to curl up in front of a real turf fire in a cosy Sligo pub.
However, if you’d like to hit the waves yourself then there are several surfing schools in the seaside town of Bundoran in County Donegal, which is also the home of Ireland’s International Surfing Festival in June.