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A surfer off the North Coast near Portrush
Enthusiasts of surfing, sea kayaking and coasteering are being asked to contribute to a project collecting data about Northern Ireland’s marine wildlife. As the Coleraine Chronicle reports, National Museums NI’s Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) hopes that the North…
The 52-year-old Dutchman in action in Namibia
Björn Dunkerbeck added another accolade to his legendary windsurfing career by posting the fastest ever time on the water with a top speed of 103.67kph during the Lüderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia. Ever since French windsurfer Antoine Albeau broke the…
Andrew Cotton is better known in big wave surfing circles as ‘Cotty’
Four years after breaking his back when he wiped out surfing the massive swell at Nazaré, a British big wave rider has returned to Portugal conquer his demons, as Metro reports. Andrew ‘Cotty’ Cotton was a regular at Ireland’s surfing…
Archival footage from Seán Duggan’s Irish surfing documentary Keep It A Secret
Some of the faces featured in a new documentary on the origins and future of surfing in Ireland have been profiled in The Irish Times. Keep It A Secret is the work of Irish-American film-maker Seán Duggan, who brought his…
The Baltimore RNLI inshore lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI were called out to provide assistance to a windsurfer in difficulty in Baltimore harbour, West Cork yesterday evening (Monday, 25 October). The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 6.30pm following a request from the Irish Coast…
Conor Maguire surfs down a giant wave of Mullaghmore Head in the wake of Hurricane Epsilon
Irish surfing star Conor Maguire has been nominated for Ride of the Year in this year’s Red Bull Big Wave Awards, which recognise the most astounding big wave surfing feats the world over. He’s also up for Biggest Tow for…
Multi-time Irish national surfing champion Easkey Britton is now a marine social scientist
On the publication of Easkey Britton’s memoir Saltwater in the Blood, the Irish Examiner profiles the former professional surfer-turned-marine scientist whose philosophy has taken on a new significance for many amid the pandemic. Much as Dr Britton’s current career sees…
Lough Donnell in Quilty
The surfer who died after getting into difficulty off the Co Clare coast on Monday (5 July) has been named locally, according to the Irish Examiner. And tributes have been paid by the community to 20-year-old Fionn O’Brien, a GAA…
File image of the Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based SAR helicopter Rescue 115
BreakingNews.ie reports that a surfer has died in hospital after he got into difficulty off the Co Clare coast this morning, Monday 5 July. The Irish Coast Guard’s Kilkee unit and Rescue 115 helicopter from Shannon were among the emergency services…
File image of Al Mennie getting a tow out to a big swell
Northern Ireland surfing pro Al Mennie was among the volunteers who joined fire fighters battling a gorse blaze on Castlerock Beach in Co Derry last night (Tuesday 30 March). As the Belfast Telegraph reports, 40-year-old Mennie was out catching the…
Artist’s impression of the proposed National Surf Centre of Excellence
Additional funding for a long-proposed National Surf Centre of Excellence in Strandhill has been welcomed, as the Sligo Champion reports. Fáilte Ireland has approved an additional grant of €321,468 for the project in a move hailed as positive news for…
Joana Andrade riding a wave in BIGvsSMALL
A new documentary celebrating one of the few women big wave surfers to conquer the incredible swells at Nazaré in Portugal is screening next weekend as part of the virtual Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival. BIGvsSMALL follows courageous Portuguese…
Portrush RNLI’s inshore lifeboat preparing to launch
Portrush RNLI’s volunteers rescued two surfers who got into difficulty while surfing at Co Antrim’s East Strand earlier today (Monday 1 February). The inshore lifeboat launched before 1.30pm following a number of 999 calls to both the coastguard and the…
A SUP at the Shelley Banks on Dublin Bay
Saturday's strong northeasterly winds that kicked up such a storm in the south of Dublin Bay (as our photos of the Dun Laoghaire baths site showed) also presented some ideal surf conditions for Stand Up Paddleboarders (SUPs) in the north-west of…
Surfing enthusiast Johnny Casey with the rescued sheep after her cliff slip drama
A surfer has spoken about his rescue of an “exhausted” and “marooned” sheep at risk of drowning off Lahinch, as Farming Independent reports. Johnny Casey had been catching waves off the Co Clare town when he spotted the distressed sheep…
Conor Maguire surfs down a giant wave of Mullaghmore Head in the wake of Hurricane Epsilon
It was an opportunity too big to miss: the biggest waves ever seen at a spot already renowned for significant swells. But big wave surfer Conor Maguire wasn’t taking any chances, making sure to consult with the proper authorities before…
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