Ballydavid, or Baile Na nGall (Bal Na Gal) in the native Irish, is Kerry’s big wave spot. However you will need exacting conditions to catch this legendary local monster that hides deep in the Gaeltacht. Discovered by artist Nick Gammon this wave has been the holy grail for many surfers who have never gotten to experience its epic steep take-off.
Normally a peaceful looking fishing village, you’ll need 3m+ north swells for it to even look like there is a wave here. But when there is you’ll find a large right-hander with a thick lip and fast peeling wall that comes in perpendicular to the small white bungalow just right of the beach. The wave peters out fairly quick, but it definitely one you’ll want to tick off the bucket list and then hop the harbour wall for a pint of the black stuff in T.P.’s Pub and tell tales of how you faced down the beast.