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Achill Island dolphins get in on the act at September's Mayo Mayhem Windsurfing Wave competition in County Mayo
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…
Surfer Al Mennie at the opening of the Celtic Wave Surfing Exhibition at the Ulster Transport Museum
National Museum NI’s Ulster Transport Museum has introduced a new exhibition exploring the origins of surfing as a sport in Ireland. ‘Celtic Wave’ dives into this island’s connection to surfing and how this began in the 1960s through a group…
Calling all surfers! Sligo’s new community mental health facility, Flourish, is calling for surfers to set Irish paddle out record on September 17 at Rosses Point to raise funds and awareness. Pictured are Flourish volunteers (l-r) Lidiya Mokra, Conor Burns, Hugh Myles and Maëlenn Nardot
Surfers have been invited to help set a new Irish “paddle out” record next month while raising funds for a community mental health project in Sligo. The first “Big Board Meeting”, as it is called, is set for September 17th,…
The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat crew under Coxswain Mark Gannon arriving back from the call
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out this evening, Sunday, April 10th, at 7.50 pm, by the Valentia Coast Guard Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre when persons on the shore noticed that two surfers appeared in difficulties off Dunworley…
Clogherhead RNLI
Clogherhead and Kilkeel RNLI were requested to launch their all-weather and inshore lifeboats this afternoon after a windsurfer was reported missing in Carlingford Lough. The lifeboats were requested to launch just before 2pm following an initial report that a person…
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 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…

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