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Back in spring we visited Ireland and spent a couple of weeks surfing our way down the wild West Coast. One of the beaches that we stopped off to surf at was Doughmore, a long sweep of sand facing out into the North Atlantic framed by sloping reefs and with a small reef in the middle of the beach and numerous beach break peaks on either side. The beach is backed by sand dunes, behind and on top of which are the fairways and greens of Doonbeg golf course, part of a golf resort owned by billionaire businessman and Republican US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump. This dune system, the Carrowmore dunes, are designated a “Special Area of Conservation” by the European Union’s Special Habitats Directive, but Trump’s organization now wants to build a 2.8km long, 4.5 metre high wall using 200,000 tons of rock across the front of the dunes in an effort to protect their greens and fairways. On a coastline of high cliffs and fierce reefs, Doughmore is one of the few beaches and is therefore one of a surfer’s best options when the swell is small. We enjoyed fun waist high waves here on one of the smallest days of our trip, breaking out our longboards and paddling between the various peaks whilst the clubhouse of the Doonbeg golf course dominated the view of the far end of the beach.