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Part One Of New Irish Surfing Documentary Meets The Nation’s Torchbearers

1st October 2018
Former pro Fergal Smith pulls in to a barrel while surfing at home in Lahinch Former pro Fergal Smith pulls in to a barrel while surfing at home in Lahinch Photo: Gary McCall/Red Bull

#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 world can watch ‘The Torchbearers’ which profiles some of the game-changing characters in the Irish surfing scene.

Barry Britton — father of Easkey Britton, a pioneer in her own right — was one of the ‘beach bums’ who along with his brothers built the foundation of Ireland’s surfing community from his family’s hotel in Rossnowlagh in the 1960s.

Nowadays an accomplished designer, Barry is still riding the waves in his sixties, though he leaves the heavy stuff to the new crop of talent like Conor Maguire who have put Ireland on the map as a big wave surfing destination.

Seamus ‘Shambles’ McGoldrick tells how Mickey Smith set a new standard for surfing swells once thought unconquerable in the mid 2000s, inspiring peers Tom Lowe and Fergal Smith to raise the bar — and even make surfing a viable career, until a deep connection with the environment called for a different path.

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