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Mayo Mayhem Windsurfing Wave Competition Success for Alex Duggan on Achill Island

3rd November 2022
Achill Island dolphins get in on the act at September's Mayo Mayhem Windsurfing Wave competition in County Mayo
Achill Island dolphins get in on the act at September's Mayo Mayhem Windsurfing Wave competition in County Mayo Credit: Marco Cavalleri and Eugene T Cunningham

Mayo Mayhem windsurfing wave competition held its fifth edition on Achill Island, in County Mayo, at the end of September, and the organisers have released a post-event video (below). 

The Mayo Mayhem weekend results also decided the Irish windsurfing wave title.

The competition was held in superb condition for a windsurfing wave competition, with Keel beach looking more like Hawaii as it was sunny all weekend with side shore winds of about 20 knots and good size waves of up to three metres.

Previously the competition has had two starboard and two Port tack conditions; this year, it was back to starboard tack. These conditions allowed the competitors to show their wave-riding skills and super-high jumps and loops. In total, there were 36 competitors across the Pro and Amateur fleets.

Two days of competition were run with points awarded each day, and then the points were combined to get an overall result.

In the end, the Pro fleet win went to Alex Duggan, with Julius Byrne in second and Nial Mellon in third.

In the Amateur fleet, Ross Gsamelov took the win from Bob Hagan in second, with Ant Byrne in third.

There was particular praise for Amy O'Donnell, the only female competitor to take on these fun but challenging conditions.

Published in Surfing, Island News Team

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