As the weather in Donegal continues to veer between searing sunshine and heavy rain, one summer activity not affected by the inconsistent climate is surfing.

The Surf Lesson Price Index compiled by Irish surf travel website Surfholidays.com has ranked Ireland in first place in Europe with the lowest price for a surf lesson.

Ireland is in 9th place across the world with surf lessons costing on average €32 per lesson eclipsing some of the most popular surf countries including Australia, Portugal, Spain, Indonesia and the United States.

Surfholidays.com CEO Nicky Kelly said “Ireland is one of the best places to learn how to surf and it’s great to see it is also one of the least expensive. There are beaches in Donegal, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry & Waterford that are great to learn on. People are choosing to surf in Ireland, and it is catching up on the more traditional surf destinations such as Portugal and France”

Surfing has shown huge growth in popularity over the last decade. In 2016 over 11,000 surf lessons were booked on Surfholidays.com.

The Surf Lesson Price Index analysed the average cost of a beginner’s surf lesson across 850 surf schools around the world. To determine Ireland’s average surf lesson cost,Surfholidays.com studied 42 Irish surf schools regulated by the Irish Surfing Federation. The majority of Ireland’s surf beaches can be found along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Ecuador has the lowest priced surf lesson at €19 with Norway the most expensive at €112 per lesson.

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