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Windsurfing Brandon Bay

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A wavesailors heaven but on the light wind days perfect for beginners too.

Four seasons in one day is a real possibility here as the mountains can dish out all kinds of weather in a 24hr period. Stunning scenery and great surfing make this a real playground for outdoor enthusiasts.

Best time to go is in the autumn but it can be good at any time of the year. Keep a check on the forecast and take a last minute flight from Stanstead to Kerry with Ryan Air. Check out www.jamieknox.com for details on airport pick up, kit rental, accommodation, etc

Written by  John Hibbard.

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A Coastline Made for Windsurfing and the Best Irish Pub EVER!

As a 47 year old lady with only a single, accidental wave-sailing experience under my belt before I went, my trips to Brandon Bay are in my top 10 best holidays of all time! I would say, however, that when Brandon goes off, it is not for the faint hearted.

Ireland is known for the warmth of her people, not her weather, so pack accordingly, although one May, I had to buy shorts because the sun was blistering!

Whatever the wind direction or size of the swell, Brandon's coastline is made for windsurfing, with uncrowded launch spots on most points of the compass. Be aware that it can 'blow its tits off' - on odd occasions, we experienced winds of over 70mph - and the waves can be huge, so take your smallest kit and be realistic about the conditions that you can cope with safely. If it is too full-on in Brandon Bay itself, there is always Straggane or Sandy Bay, which are a bit more sheltered and flat. Sandy Bay is the beginner area behind Jamie Knox's - it made 50mph winds tolerable for me... To make the most of the many launch options, you do need to be mobile; we took our van and kit over on the ferry. Some of the launch spots are down rough tracks and parking is often on the beach. This did not pose a problem for Sprinter-sized vans.

Some of the sailing at Brandon Bay was the most challenging I have ever experienced (one of the reasons that the PWA comes here for the Kerry Wave Classic) - but also the most exhilerating! Drop in the midst of this the best pub EVER - Spillanes. It is friendly, the food is excellent and great value, and occasionally, it goes off as only an Irish pub can!

I would recommend The Kerry Wave Classic; see the pros in action and then meet them all in Spillanes! As a former professional beer taster, I can also recommend a pint of Guinness in The Green Room.

If you want to go clubbing, forget it - this is a remote, rural community. The scenery is spectacular, but beware if any non-windsurfing partners don't like outdoor entertainment in all weathers! There is a supermarket; food prices are quite expensive in Ireland. We took some supplies with us, although as Sterling strengthens against the Euro, this should be less of an issue.

If you want advice on conditions and sailing locations, Jamie Knox or Rose in Spillane's were very helpful and Jamie can help with accommodation or rents SUPs, surf boards and kayaks for the rare no-wind days or just for a change.

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