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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…
Satellite image of Storm Aiden’s track towards Ireland
A Status Orange weather warning is in place for all Irish coastal waters and the Irish Sea as strong gales are set to develop overnight with the arrival of Storm Aiden, the first of the new storm season. Met Éireann…
Easkey Britton at her TEDxDublin talk in 2013
Despite her move into academia, Easkey Britton says she is still “in a surfing way of life”. The Donegal-reared women’s surfing pioneer was recently profiled by BBC Sport, and explained how her experiences on the waves put her “on the…
Aberdeen’s inshore lifeboat Buoy Woody searches off Aberdeen Beach
Aberdeen’s two RNLI lifeboats launched minutes apart around 9am this morning (Sunday 27 September) to a report of two surfers in danger at the entrance to Aberdeen Harbour in Eastern Scotland. It emerged that the surfers had paddled out beyond…
French champion adaptive surfer Eric Dargent
Surfing schools in Ireland do a brisk trade in helping novices of all abilities to ride the waves. Putting that notion to the test recently was Irish Times columnist Joanne O’Riordan, who was born without limbs, as she discovered the…
Two killer whales spotted in Dingle Bay in March 2018
A surfer from Northern Ireland got more than he bargained for when he was chased by a pod of killer whales off Donegal last week. As the News Letter reports, Derry man Ryan Vail was catching waves off Culdaff on…
Irish Coast Guard at the scene of the rip current incident at Inch Beach on Sunday
A local surfing school instructor raced to the rescue of a teenage boy caught in a rip current off a Co Cork beach at the weekend, as CorkBeo reports. Luke Chambers of the Swell Surf School was with a surf…
Surfing at Colaiste Uisce in County Mayo
How to improve surfing with “pop-up” training is one of a number of “online” activities that a north Mayo Gaeltacht outdoor pursuits centre is offering to students this summer, The Irish Independent reports. Coláiste Uisce, which teaches surfing, sailing, windsurfing…
A statement issued by the Irish Surf School COVID Safety Working Group says it is “delighted to be able to open again with safety, as usual, the number one priority”.
Surfing schools have appealed to the Government to extend the Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme to their sector, as surfers return to the water. They have also called on Minister for Tourism Shane Ross to lower the VAT rate for surf…
One of the basking sharks filmed by surfers off Co Clare at the weekend
A surfing quartet got up close with a school of basking sharks off Co Clare at the weekend, as the Irish Examiner reports. The surfers had brought a GoPro camera to video their wave-riding exploits, which came in handy to…
Bill Deans MBE, lifeboat operations manager at Aberdeen RNLI
Aberdeen RNLI has urged surfers to stay ashore during the Covid-19 pandemic to “protect emergency services and save lives”. The call came after the volunteer crew of the station in north-east Scotland were forced to break self-isolation and launch their…