Rush is located to the north from Dublin and has two beaches, north and south. Both have small to medium waves and are flat in between with shallow access. There are some restricted areas, where you should only launch past the soft sand sign.
A speedstrip for windsurfers at low tide in north to north-easterly winds. Watch the current, especially on ebb tide! At high water, the offshore sandbar produces decent waves. Kiters also appreciate the flat water at low tide, when plenty of teaching goes on too. Despite the strong tidal influence you can always park pretty near the water.
Bull Island, with its 3km long beach, is only 5km from Dublin city centre making it a popular kitesurfing spot. The water is flat and the gently shelving beach provides plenty of room for launching even at high tide. At low tide the tide goes out several hundred meters. Cross-shore wind from SW/NE. SE is onshore and can get a bit choppy. The kiting area is at the southern end of the beach
Pigeon House Road near Sandymount.
These infamous Poolbeg Station towers are the backdrop for this perfect location. Located off the Poolbeg peninsula, the area is tidal and creates perfect lagoons and sand banked channels, ideal for beginners and improver classes. The area is heavily tidal but shallow and safe for first timers and gets a wide range of wind directions.
The beauty of this spot lies in its proximity to the city centre and relative lack of kites in the sky. Also Dublin bay has a huge tidal range which is fantastic for shallow, flat water though it can mean you’re stuck with a mile-long hike to the water’s edge.
Tidal beach near Dublin city centre. When the tide is in, the beach disappears and when the tide is out, the walk is very long. Therefore it works only 2 hours before and after high tide. Flat and shallow with sandbanks. Best with NE winds.
Salthill/Seapoint beach is shallow and flat with deeper water outside. The area is suitable for swimming at high tide but for kiting it is only workable 2 hours or more from low tide due to the lack of beach at high tide. The launch area here is very small as there are rocks, concrete and Dart rail lines nearby. Take care if you decide to give it a go. Lifeguard on duty during the summer months.
Bray beach consists of sand and pebbles and there is a rocky wave breaker in the middle. There is a mole to the north end and rocks at the south end. Choppy, small waves to be found with sideshore of NNW and SSE.
A popular weekend location for Dubliners during the summer, Brittas Bay has a long sandy beach and good water quality. Tidal, with fairly flat water. SW 12-25 knots gusty and sometimes E 20-25 knots. Sideshore at the northern part of the bay in NNE and SSW.