Lahinch surf school one of best in world

Lahinch surf school one of best in world


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A Lahinch surf school has been rated one of the 10 of the best surfing schools in the world.

According to The Guardian newspaper, Ben’s Surf Clinic in Lahinch rates as one of the best on the planet.

The review reads: “Underrated Ireland, with its relatively quiet seas (when it comes to surfers, at least), is an excellent place for novice surfers. Ben Bennett is one of the most qualified and experienced surf instructors in the country and his school here has been operating for 15 years in the pretty town of Lahinch, County Clare.

It’s about halfway along the Wild Atlantic Way and in summer the 2km-long beach is a lively place, with long, forgiving waves and alluring sunsets; in winter it is stormy, with some of the best waves in Ireland.”

Reacting to the news, clinic owner Ben Bennett said: “I was delighted when we heard the news. Ben’s Surf Clinic was set up with the idea of being a different type of surf school, to real teach people how to surf well and to coach them at what ever level they are at so they progress rather than just have a go at surfing. All the coaches have always worked really hard to make that happen and i am delighted they got some recognition for it. Nice to see Co. Clare up there what some very famous surf areas.”

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.