November 12, 2014
By: Fiona Lawlor
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of getting the chance to attend the Accenture surf trip in Bundoran and it is safe to say that this trip has been one of the biggest highlights of my time in Accenture so far!!
After work on Friday, around 40 of us headed off to Bundoran for a weekend of fun, surfing, sand and (winter) sun. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous given that I had never surfed before, but I was far more excited than I was nervous as I had heard that the surf trips are always brilliant fun and I was delighted to get the chance to get involved in society life in Accenture.
The bus journey to Donegal was a good laugh as the group of us got to know each other a bit better, and chatted about what the weekend had in store for us. The 4 hour journey went by in a flash, and once we arrived we went out for a night in Bundoran town. The following morning we all headed off to the beach for our first surf lesson. Needless to say, the beach was pretty cold, although we really were lucky with the weather as it was a gorgeous morning given that winter is now well and truly underway. I was delighted to find out that I wasn’t the only beginner to surfing and regardless of what level people were at, we all had a ball in the water. The waves were huge, the water was surprisingly not too cold, and the surf instructors were absolutely brilliant and made us all feel at ease in the water. It didn’t take me too long to get used to the feeling of surfing and although I never mastered standing on the board (though I did manage to get one foot up), I really had a fantastic time. After surfing we all had a lovely lunch to warm us up, before we got the chance to explore Bundoran a bit and to have a barbeque and an evening out. On the Sunday we headed back to Dublin, but not before fitting in another surfing lesson J
All in all, the surf trip made for a really brilliant weekend. Everybody was in high spirits, and it was great to get the chance to make new friends, meet new people, and to learn (or at least attempt to learn) a new skill. After attending this trip, I really would recommend that anybody who joins Accenture should make an effort to get involved in at least one of the many societies that the firm offers.