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Kitesurfers made the most of the fine August conditions at Garrylucas (White Strand) in Kinsale today writes Bob Bateman.
15 to 20-knot winds from the south-west gave the Kinsale kiting community some great conditions near the Old Head of Kinsale as the photos below show.
The volunteers launched after a member of the public raised the alarm, having spotted someone they thought to be in difficulty and waving their arm off Rougey Point in Bundoran.
Weather conditions at the time were blowing a light south-easterly wind and there was a three-metre swell.
Once on scene, the lifeboat crew observed that the surfer, while not in difficulty or in any immediate danger, was in a challenging part of the sea and some distance away from the shore.
The crew made the decision to take the teenager onboard and transport him safely back to Bundoran Lifeboat Station.
Speaking following the callout, O’Kelly said: “We would like to commend the member of the public who raised the alarm this afternoon — that is always the right thing to do if you see someone you think or know to be in difficulty.
“While this surfer was not in any immediate danger, he was some distance from shore so we made a call to assist him safely back to shore.”
The kitesurfer, who had come ashore at Kilkee, was said to be suffering the effects of cold after spending as much as two-and-a-half hours at sea and was taken to hospital.
No medical attention was required in either incident.
#Kitesurfing - Raising awareness of this country's perfect conditions for wave-riding – and some of the best local practitioners of the sport – is the aim of a new video series by the Irish Kitesurfing Project.
As Surfer Today reports, the first clip showcases Robert Sayer, Wojciech Piotrowski and Alan Kavanagh braving the winter chill to show off their skills in some seriously strong surf. Here's looking forward to more from this exciting project!
The volunteer crew were requested to launch both their all-weather and inshore lifeboats by the Irish Coast Guard at 12.30pm and go to the assistance of a kitesurfer who was in difficulty but in no immediate danger in Ballycotton Bay on Co Cork.
The alarm was raised by a member of the public who spotted the kitesurfer struggling due to a lack of wind. Weather conditions at the time were described as overcast and calm.
Once on scene, the lifeboat crew assessed the situation before bringing the kitesurfer on board the inshore lifeboat and safely back to shore.
Speaking following the callout, Ballycotton RNLI coxswain Eolan Walsh said: "We would like to commend the member of the public who raised the alarm today. Their quick thinking ensured the lifeboats were launched and that there was a positive outcome."
Hayling Island in the UK is the venue next month for an attempt for the Largest Parade of Kitesurfers at one time. The aim is to get over 400 kiters out on the water to break the current world record of 352 kiters set in Tarifa, Spain last year.
The record will be adjudicated by the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS office.
The event was scheduled to take place over one of three weekends during September and October, depending on weather conditions.
So far the conditions have been against the attempt and a decision was taken today that conditions for the second of the possible weekends (2-4 October) are also not promising - therefore the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Festival will DEFINITELY be staged on the 16-18 October 2015.
And beyond the bigger wave hotspots like Sligo, which is set to host record-breaker Garrett McNamara at the second Surf Summit this November, there's a wealth of activity happening all around the Irish coast.
Entertainment.ie brings us a round-up of some of the best places for surfing action for all ability levels, including perhaps lesser-known haunts like the Sunny South East.
But the biggest attraction this month is surely the Battle for the Lake kitesurfing festival on Achill Island next weekend (25-27 September), with its entertaining mix of live music from up-and-coming homegrown acts and dazzling displays by Ireland's top kitesurfers.
Fifteen-year-old James Tidmarsh, already a four-year veteran, was victorious in the junior competition at the recent Battle for the Bay on Dollymount Strand, where his fellow West Cork kiteboarder Darragh O'Brien (10) placed joint third.
The latter result is even more remarkable given that O'Brien has been kitesurfing for less than a year, and the Battle for the Bay was his first competition.
The Southern Star has more on the story HERE.
Cheering on the competitors from the beach will be Irish medal winner Jade O'Connor, who's currently campaigning for a spot at a future Olympics when the sport makes its debut (potentially at Tokyo 2020).
And in her role as ambassador, O'Connor also has high praise some of the other action in Dublin Bay's waters, via the related discipline of boardercross – essentially kitesurfing on an obstacle course – and the crowd-pleasing freestylers.
“It’s really visual and it’s about jumping really high, like up to 20 metres in the air and doing tricks,” says the current British Ladies Champion.
The 42 has more on the story HERE.
#kitesurf – Dublin based Kiteboarder Jade O'Connor was named 'Woman Of The Year 2014' at Outsider Magazines Awards last night. She had an outstanding year which saw her achieve eighth overall at the Worlds, fourth at the Europeans, and is the current British Ladies Champion. Jade competes in ISAF's Formula Kiteboarding Class which was showcased at ISAF Abu Dhabi Grand Finale last November, and is now included along side the 10 Olympic Classes at future ISAF World Cup events.
Jade said "I'm over the moon' to collect the award. It's a huge honour in light of the amazing achievements of the other athletes and adventurers nominated. This kicks my 2015 race season off with a bang of good energy". Having recently added goldenpages.ie as sponsors along side PureMagic she is excited to mount a full campaign representing Ireland at ISAF and Championship events this year. Her first event is Palma's SAR Princesa Sofia Regatta in March, which is a pre-qualifier for Sailing World Cup Hyeres the following Month.
The Outsider Magazine Awards showcases Athletes, Adventurers, Photographers, Videographers, Event Organisers and Adventure Companies who complete incredible feats or contribute to outdoor life on home soil or abroad. It's a celebration of the diversity and outdoor achievement, binding many individuals under a common banner of striving to do great things in their chosen field.
Some of the people honoured this year include -
Person of the Year 2014 - Tony Mangan, ultra runner
He ran the whole way around the world and longer than anyone else has ever run. His feat is the equivalent of 1,200 marathons.
Lifetime Achievement Award - Maurice Mullins
Pioneer, forward thinker, influencer, legend; all words used to describe Maurice Mullins, the man who introduced triathlon events to Ireland.