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About Us

The development of Irelands first state of the art National Surf Centre along the Wild Atlantic Way will see Strandhill emerge as a world class surfing destination

Set to open in Summer 2023, The newly developed centre will solidify Sligo’s reputation as a must-visit outdoor adventure destination and provide a premium experience that will extend the season for surfing and outdoor activity for visitors to Strandhill and the local surfing community.
Located in the village of Strandhill, Sligo, in a premier location overlooking the waterfront, the National Surf Centre is a purpose-built architectural building, designed to the highest standard and will serve a number of functions that include:
  • National Centre of Excellence for Surfing
  • A key flagship point on the Wild Atlantic Way for surfing and watersports
  • A hub and focal point for tourism in Strandhill and County Sligo where visitors can find information, orientation and experiences including the Interpretation of Stories
  • Support the tourism industry in Strandhill through the provision of state-of-the-art services and facilities for surfing schools, surf visitors and many more.

About the Centre

The National Surf Centre will provide high quality fully serviced changing, shower and locker facilities with the extensive ground floor space to be used for surf class training and demonstrations. A bespoke surf and leisure retail experience will occupy the ground floor space and upstairs, a large-scale flexible meeting room, with breath-taking views of the ocean and surrounding landscape, will offer a wide and inclusive programme of services to support the surfing novice to experienced surfer and will also be available for hire for meetings and events.
Through developing a clear commercial plan, the National Surf Centre will be a self-sustaining tourism enterprise. It will be managed to the highest professional standards and will play an active role in supporting and contributing to the vibrant and growing entrepreneurial community of Strandhill across tourism, health, leisure, wellness, technology and creative industries.
Strandhill is already recognised as a prime surfing destination and this facility will further enhance its reputation on the national and international stage. It will provide new reasons for visitors to stay longer in Strandhill by increasing awareness of the many outdoor activities in the immediate area.
The National Surf Centre Strandhill was developed by Sligo County Council, in partnership and with Grant Aid support from Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development (RRDF Rural Regional Development Fund).
The centre will be the home base for a number of local surf schools and the County Sligo Surf Club. The centre will host national and international surf competitions. The centre is now a net zero carbon building and will operate to best practice sustainability standards.



€2.7m facility


500sq.m centre


10,000 Waves