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Downings Beach in Co Donegal will host its annual windsurfing even this weekend
Surfing
#Windsurfing - Ireland’s windsurfing community will take over Downings in Co Donegal this coming weekend (22-23 July) for the 2017 Irish National Youth Championships. The Blue Flag beach in the Donegal Gaeltacht has hosted a windsurfing competition each July since…
Dog’s Bay in Connemara, with its distinctive white sand
Coastal Notes
#TopBeaches - The weather might not agree but summer isn’t over yet, and there’s still plenty of time to explore Joe.ie’s pick of amazing beaches around the Irish coast. Seaside beauty spots like Inch Beach in Co Kerry (famous for…
Surfer Lost At Sea Off Northern Ireland Returns To Thank Rescue Teams
Surfing
#Surfing - “It was just… nothing. There is only blackness.”That’s how Scottish surfer Matthew Bryce describes his terrifying ordeal adrift on his board in the North Channel for 32 hours.According to the Belfast Telegraph, the 23-year-old recently returned to Campbelltown…
Causeway Coast Hosts Surf Kayaking Worlds This October
Kayaking
#Kayaking - Portrush in Co Antrim will welcome 150 competitors from around the globe for the 2017 World Surf Kayaking Championships later this year. As BelfastLife reports, the event will take over Portrush’s East Strand on the Causeway Coast from…
Surfer Rescued Off Northern Irish Coast After 30 Hours At Sea
Rescue
#Rescue - A surfer was rescued from the sea off Northern Ireland yesterday evening (Monday 1 May) after more than 30 hours in the water. Belfast Coastguard co-ordinated the search for the missing man who had gone surfing near Campbeltown…
Bangor’s lifeboat crew retrieving one of the paddleboards after Saturday’s rescue
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - At the end of a busy week for Bangor RNLI, the Belfast Lough volunteer crew launched to the rescue of two young paddleboarders who had got into difficulty just outside Ballyholme Bay yesterday (Saturday 8 April). Launching just…
A still from new surfing documentary Between Land and Sea
Surfing
#Surfing - Between Land and Sea is a new documentary on the surfing culture of Lahinch that’s currently touring with screenings around Ireland, as TheJournal.ie reports. Chronicling ‘a year in the life of an Atlantic surf town’, Ross Whitaker’s film…
Chris Bertish crossed the Atlantic from Morocco to the Caribbean on his custom-made paddle board in 93 days
Surfing
#SUP - South African adventurer Chris Bertish has become the first man to cross the Atlantic by stand-up paddleboard, as the Guardian reports. The big wave surfer took 93 days to traverse the ocean from Agadir in Morocco to Antigua,…
Two Irish Surfers Up For 2017 Big Wave Prize
Surfing
#Surfing - Two Irish surfers are nominated for ride of the year in the 2017 WSL Big Wave Awards after taking on the monster swell at Mullaghmore Head last month. Conor Maguire and Peter Conroy were in the right place…
A shot from Mick Fanning’s recent Irish surf trip
Surfing
#Surfing - It’s no longer such a secret that Ireland has some of the most sought-after swells among the world’s top big wave surfing talent. But beginners aren’t left out of Surfer Today’s list of '10 surf spots you must…
Surfing at Lahinch in a still from ‘Beyond the Break’
Surfing
#Surfing - Lahinch-based surfing pro Fergal Smith is the subject of not one but two recent online documentaries — and neither for his big wave exploits. Smith turned to organic farming after a globetrotting surfing career, teaming up with fellow…
North Atlantic waves like those seen here in Nazaré, Portugal can reach gigantic proportions
Coastal Notes
#RecordWave - Nineteen metres is the height of what’s being called the world’s largest wave, recorded recently off the North West Coast of Ireland. Independent.ie reports on the record-breaking swell detected by a weather buoy in the North Atlantic between…
Easkey Britton giving her TEDxDublin talk in 2013
Surfing
#Adventure - Pioneering Irish surfer Easkey Britton was keynote speaker at the fifth annual International Adventure Conference in Tralee last week, as The Kerryman reports. The event attracted experts from as far afield as New Zealand for three days of…
Surfers at Doonbeg, Co Clare
Surfing
#Surfing - Fifty years of Irish surfing will be celebrated in Rossnowlagh this month, as the Donegal Democrat reports. A gala dinner during the Rossnowlagh Intercounties next weekend (15-16 October) will mark five decades since the formation of what was…
A great white shark scavenging in South Africa
Surfing
#Surfing - An Irishman has been praised for his heroism after saving his best friend from an attack by a great white shark in Australia just over a year ago. As Independent.ie reports, Shane de Roiste leapt into action when…
Andrew Cotton rides the big swell at Nazaré in Portugal in 2014
Surfing
#Surfing - Chasing the most challenging swells is the dream of the world's top big wave surfers, who've made an art of determining where the tallest walls of water can be found. But now one Irish coastal regular reveals how…

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