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Oisin van Gelderen performing in the Luderitz Speed Canal. As it’s on the edge of the desert, the air is exceptionally dry, and though anemometers may be recording winds of Force 9, they don’t exert the same destructive pressure as a dense-aired Force 9 in Ireland’s damp climate
Oisin van Gelderen is the Afloat.ie/Irish Sailing “Sailor of the Month” for November after twice breaking the Irish sailing speed record at the three week Luderitz World Speed Sailing Challenge in Namibia. The veteran National Windsurfing Champion from Loughshinny in…
Oisín van Gelderen of Dublin has become the first ever Irish sailor to break the 50-knot speed barrier
National Windsurfing Champion Oisín van Gelderen of Dublin has become the first ever Irish sailor to break the 50-knot speed barrier, during his final week competing at the Luderitz World Speed Sailing Challenge in Namibia, Africa. As Afloat.ie previously reported,…
Oisin sailing the Record Course at 85 kph. See the video below
Multiple times National Windsurfing Champion Oisín van Gelderen of Dublin has smashed the Irish Sailing Speed Record twice during his first two days competing at the 'Luderitz Speed Challenge' in Namibia, Africa. Van Gelderen has joined the fastest sailors in…
Vintage Windsurfers Set For Gathering In Dun Laoghaire This Weekend
Vintage windsurfers from all over Ireland are coming together for the first time in more than 30 years in Dun Laoghaire this weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday 20 October) the National Yacht Club plays host to The Gathering, organised by Two Score…
Former pro Fergal Smith pulls in to a barrel while surfing at home in Lahinch
#Surfing - The first part of Made in Ireland, Mikey Corker’s new documentary on Irish surfing’s past and present, is now streaming on the Red Bull website. The film had its premiere in Bundoran last month, and now the whole…
A still from upcoming surfing documentary Made In Ireland
#Surfing - If you’re in Bundoran this Saturday (22 September), you may be able to catch the world premiere of a new documentary on the legacy of Irish surfing. Made In Ireland will screen at The Chasin’ Bull at 6pm…
Al Mennie is best known for tackling gigantic waves in the wildest of weather and in doing so facing all sorts of anxieties and fears head on.
You Will Turn the Tide! That is the message from Northern Ireland's Big Wave Surfer Al Mennie in his new book 'Overcome or Succumb'. Al Mennie is best known for tackling gigantic waves in the wildest of weather and in doing…
Conor Maguire Now Surfing For Red Bull
#Surfing - Bundoran big wave surfer Conor Maguire has joined the Red Bull stable. The 24-year-old was recently spotlighted during his preparations for La Vaca Gigantic in Spain, and is currently working on a documentary on surfing in Ireland. See…
Oisín van Gelderen catches the wind at La Palme last spring on the way to setting the new Irish speed sailing record
#SpeedRecord - Oisín van Gelderen has released an extended video of his Irish speed sailing record-setting run in the south of France last spring. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the windsurfer took to the lagoon at La Palme in the…
Sebastian Steudtner riding the big wave off Nazaré on 18 January
#Surfing - German big wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner has set an unofficial record for the biggest swell ever surfed. As the Washington Post reports, Steudtner was filmed a fortnight ago surfing a wall of water off Nazaré in Portugal that’s…
Bundoran Big Wave Surfer Conor Maguire Making A Splash On World Surf Scene
#Surfing - Irish sports website The42 has turned its spotlight on young Irish big wave rider Conor Maguire, who’s beginning to make a big impact abroad as he works on an upcoming three-part documentary on surfing in Ireland. Currently prepping…
A still from Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton, showing at Dublin’s IFI this Saturday 2 December
#Surfing - Surf’s up at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin with Mavericks, a weekend of three exceptional surfing documentaries this coming Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December. The IFI has selected three of the top surf films released last…
Former surf pro John McCarthy is now a church pastor in Lahinch
#Surfing - He’s an Irish big wave surfer who’s credited with helping discover and naming the renowned Aileen’s break, near his home in Lahinch. But more than a decade ago, John McCarthy traded the vices of the pro surfing lifestyle…
The current organic vegetable farm near Lahinch feeds 50 local families for most of the year
#Surfing - Surfing farmers in Co Clare are hoping to raise €300,000 to expand their organic vegetable farm, as the Irish Examiner reports. Afloat.ie previously highlighted the Moy Hill Community Garden started by Lahinch surfer Fergal Smith and fellow wave-riders…
Downings Beach in Co Donegal will host its annual windsurfing even this weekend
#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…
Surfer Lost At Sea Off Northern Ireland Returns To Thank Rescue Teams
#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…

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