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The Financial Times has highlighted Ireland as one of the world's top emerging surfing destinations.
"The quality of Irish surf has been recognised for many years, writes adventure journalist Alf Alderson, "but it’s only recently that it has really taken off as a top destination for everyone from beginner to big wave expert."
Bundoran in Co Sligo gets the biggest props among the west coast's surfing hotspots, boasting a range of surf for everyone from beginners to expert waveriders.
But Ireland's largest waves at Mullaghmore Point also get their due - with its 50 foot swells putting it in league with the best in the world.
The Financial Times has more on the story HERE.

The Financial Times has highlighted Ireland as one of the world's top emerging surfing destinations.

"The quality of Irish surf has been recognised for many years, writes adventure journalist Alf Alderson, "but it’s only recently that it has really taken off as a top destination for everyone from beginner to big wave expert."

Bundoran in Co Sligo gets the biggest props among the west coast's surfing hotspots, boasting a range of surf for everyone from beginners to expert waveriders.

But Ireland's largest waves at Mullaghmore Point also get their due - with its 50 foot swells putting it in league with the best in the world. 

The Financial Times has more on the story HERE.

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Irish Water Safety and the Irish Surfing Association ISA were at Lahinch Co Clare to launch a joint safe surfing poster to highlight the safety steps for a safe and enjoyable surfing experience. Pictured on the beach in Lahinch are below surfers Lorna Haydon (12), Dublin and Harry Broderick (14) from Ennis Co Clare.

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Stephen Kilfeather retained his Irish Open Surfing Championship title at last weekend's County Sligo Open.
The 24-year-old Sligo native squeaked past fellow Team Ireland members Cain Kilcullen and Ronan Oertzen to clinch the title for the second year in a row at the final event of the 2011 Irish surfing tour.
“I’m stoked to win it again," said Kilfeather, who also came first at the weekend. "Back to back for two years running is a great achievement.”
He said the competition was “a great warm-up for the European Surfing Championships in Bundoran" next month.
Team Ireland members did well in the overall rankings in Sligo, with John Britton taking the senior title, Ashleigh Smith the women’s body board title, Shane Meehan the Bodyboard title, Easkey Britton the women’s title and John McCurry regaining the longboard title. Team Ireland manager Stevie Burns was also successful, winning the Masters title.

Stephen Kilfeather retained his Irish Open Surfing Championship title at last weekend's County Sligo Open.

The 24-year-old Sligo native squeaked past fellow Team Ireland members Cain Kilcullen and Ronan Oertzen to clinch the title for the second year in a row at the final event of the 2011 Irish surfing tour.

“I’m stoked to win it again," said Kilfeather, who also came first at the weekend. "Back to back for two years running is a great achievement.” 

He said the competition was “a great warm-up for the European Surfing Championships in Bundoran" next month. 

Team Ireland members did well in the overall rankings in Sligo, with John Britton taking the senior title, Ashleigh Smith the women’s body board title, Shane Meehan the Bodyboard title, Easkey Britton the women’s title and John McCurry regaining the longboard title. Team Ireland manager Stevie Burns was also successful, winning the Masters title.

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Watersports holidays at home make the perfect family getaway, according to The Irish Times.
The paper recently rounded up some of the best spots for making a splash with the kids – such as surfing, diving and cliff jumping in Donegal, and sailing and cruising in Kinsale - and all at prices that won't push the budget.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

Watersports holidays at home make the perfect family getaway, according to The Irish Times.

The paper recently rounded up some of the best spots for making a splash with the kids – such as surfing, diving and cliff jumping in Donegal, and sailing and cruising in Kinsale - and all at prices that won't push the budget.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

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Budding photographers and designers from across Ireland, the UK and Europe are encouraged to take part in the Eurosurf European Surfing Championships poster design competition.
The winner will see their photo or design appear on the official contest poster and other promotional materials, and will also have the use of a Bunk Camper campervan for the duration of the weekend festival in Bundoran this September.
Eurosurf press officer Shane Smyth said: “Every day [on websites] we see some amazing images and designs relating to surfing. With such artistic talent out there, we decided to offer this opportunity to anyone who wants to take part with the hope of seeing their design appear on the official Eurosurf poster."
Full details for entries are available on the Eurosurf Bundoran website. The closing date for submission is Wednesday 10 August, so get your creative hats on!

Budding photographers and designers from across Ireland, the UK and Europe are encouraged to take part in the Eurosurf European Surfing Championships poster design competition.

The winner will see their photo or design appear on the official contest poster and other promotional materials, and will also have the use of a Bunk Camper campervan for the duration of the weekend festival in Bundoran this September.

Eurosurf press officer Shane Smyth said: “Every day [on websites] we see some amazing images and designs relating to surfing. With such artistic talent out there, we decided to offer this opportunity to anyone who wants to take part with the hope of seeing their design appear on the official Eurosurf poster." 

Full details for entries are available on the Eurosurf Bundoran website. The closing date for submission is Wednesday 10 August, so get your creative hats on!

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Ireland joins Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Mexico and nine other countries with all surfers eliminated from Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Playa Venao, Panama.
Mike Young, Ireland's sole competitor, was knocked out in the opening rounds of the open longboard competition.
After five days of heats, Australia currently leads the team ratings with 19,120 points and seven surfers still left in contention, with Brazil close behind.
The World Surfing Games continue till this Sunday 3 July.

Ireland joins Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Mexico and nine other countries with all surfers eliminated from the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Playa Venao, Panama.

Mike Young, Ireland's sole competitor, was knocked out in the opening rounds of the open longboard competition.

After five days of heats, Australia currently leads the team ratings with 19,120 points and seven surfers still left in contention, with Brazil close behind.

The World Surfing Games continue till this Sunday 3 July.

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British surfer Alan Stokes's massive air-reverse won him the Quiksilver Expression Session in Bundoran this weekend.
Stokes takes home prizemoney of €3,500 in the speciality event for Irish and UK surfers with a simple 'best moves' format.
The 30-year-old from Newquay said he was “stoked and really happy with the win. There were great waves in the end and it was good to have it on a wedge because it is high performance surfing and it all came good.
"It is my first trip to Bundoran," he added, "I love it and it is great. Guinness and waves I can do airs on is as good as it can get for me.”
Meanwhile, Cain Kilcullen from Easkey, Co Sligo was awarded the best local performance to earn himself a wildcard in the Relentless Boardmasters in Newquay this August.

British surfer Alan Stokes's massive air-reverse won him the Quiksilver Expression Session in Bundoran this weekend.

Stokes takes home prizemoney of €3,500 in the speciality event for Irish and UK surfers with a simple 'best moves' format.  

The 30-year-old from Newquay said he was “stoked and really happy with the win. There were great waves in the end and it was good to have it on a wedge because it is high performance surfing and it all came good. 

"It is my first trip to Bundoran," he added, "I love it and it is great. Guinness and waves I can do airs on is as good as it can get for me.”

Meanwhile, Cain Kilcullen from Easkey, Co Sligo was awarded the best local performance to earn himself a wildcard in the Relentless Boardmasters in Newquay this August.

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Two students at NUI Galway have won a €15,000 investment in an enterprise competition for their website promoting surfing in Ireland.
Oisin Halpin and Cian Brassil of WestCoastSurfer.com took the top prize at the NUI Galway Student Enterprise Awards earlier this month, with judges convinced by their brand and ability to attract investment to the region, according to Silicon Republic.
“WestCoastSurfer.com has huge growth potential and is well grounded in commercial reality with great opportunities for the West of Ireland,” said chairperson of the judging panel Helen Ryan.

Two students at NUI Galway have won a €15,000 investment in an enterprise competition for their website promoting surfing in Ireland.

Oisin Halpin and Cian Brassil of WestCoastSurfer.com took the top prize at the NUI Galway Student Enterprise Awards earlier this month, with judges convinced by their brand and ability to attract investment to the region, according to Silicon Republic.

“WestCoastSurfer.com has huge growth potential and is well grounded in commercial reality with great opportunities for the West of Ireland,” said chairperson of the judging panel Helen Ryan.

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Top surfers are headed to Ireland's most unlikely surfing festival this weekend in Dublin.
The Evening Herald reports that landlocked suburb of Blanchardstown has been transformed into a South Pacific-style beach for the surf event, designed to promote Ireland's global surfing charms among the Irish themselves.
Pro surfers will compete on a wave machine for the 53 Degrees North Open Surf Championship, but the same waves will also be open to beginners and younger surfing wannabes.
Herald.ie has more in the story HERE.

Top surfers are headed to Ireland's most unlikely surfing festival this weekend in Dublin.

The Evening Herald reports that landlocked suburb of Blanchardstown has been transformed into a South Pacific-style beach for the surf event, designed to promote Ireland's global surfing charms among the Irish themselves.

Pro surfers will compete on a wave machine for the 53 Degrees North Open Surf Championship, but the same waves will also be open to beginners and younger surfing wannabes.

Herald.ie has more in the story HERE.

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Donegal will be represented by five surfers on the Irish team selected for the Eurosurf European Surfing Championships in Bundoran later this year.
Donegal Daily reports that Bundoran residents Ronan Oertzen (20), Shauna Ward (24), Darragh McCarter (25) and Richie Fitzgerald (36) will join 25-year-old Easkey Britton from Rossnowlagh on the team, after qualifying in a series of selection events.
One position on the team remains to be filled, and will be decided in a 'surf-off' between Rossnowlagh's John Britton and Keith O'Brien from Tramore at the Sea Sessions festival in Bundoran from 24-26 June.
The Irish Surf team will be coachedby Pascal Devine and managed by Stevie Burns, who have 40 years of surfing experience between them.
Donegal Daily has more on the story HERE.

Donegal will be represented by five surfers on the Irish team selected for the Eurosurf European Surfing Championships in Bundoran later this year.

Donegal Daily reports that Bundoran residents Ronan Oertzen (20), Shauna Ward (24), Darragh McCarter (25) and Richie Fitzgerald (36) will join 25-year-old Easkey Britton from Rossnowlagh on the team, after qualifying in a series of selection events.

One position on the team remains to be filled, and will be decided in a 'surf-off' between Rossnowlagh's John Britton and Keith O'Brien from Tramore at the Sea Sessions festival in Bundoran from 24-26 June.

The Irish Surf team will be coachedby Pascal Devine and managed by Stevie Burns, who have 40 years of surfing experience between them.

Donegal Daily has more on the story HERE.

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