Now in its twelfth year, organisers expect a full turn-out of up to 64 surfers. Competitors both male and female will travel from all over Ireland to demonstrate their finest traditional longboarding skills and to compete for a range of top prizes including Best Wave, Best Local and Best Female Surfer.
The Longboard Surfing Competition and Festival is unique to Lahinch and internationally similar events would include the annual Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational held at Noosa Heads, Australia. The West Coast Surf Club itself is one of Ireland’s oldest surf clubs having been established in 1971.
Joint Chairman and local Longboard surfer Dave Flynn, speaking ahead of this year’s event, said: “we are particularly grateful for the support and cooperation we receive from all the local businesses and sponsors – from restaurants to bars, surf shops and surf schools – including Clare County Council who this year have provided funding under the Community Tourism Diaspora Project.”
Peter Conroy Joint Chairman, himself an internationally renowned big-wave surfer and water safety expert, added: “surfing in itself is an integral part of the local business mix in Lahinch and throughout the wider Clare and Shannon Region being an all-year-round activity. It is also a sport which has zero environmental impact, which promotes health and water safety to all ages and has a rich appeal world-wide so we’re delighted to be staging this Competition again this year.”
In addition to competitors, organisers are also expecting a large number of spectators to Lahinch for the weekend particularly following the recent press coverage of spectacular storms and an established reputation for consistently excellent surfing conditions and facilities which have earned Lahinch a reputation as Ireland’s very own ‘Surf City’.
To enter, applications may be made online at on/before 18 September; entry will not be accepted on the day. Membership of the Irish Surfing Association is also essential and further details are available at the Irish Surfing website. For further details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.