If you’re a fan of surfing, watersports or outdoor adventure, there’s arguably no better place to be “stuck” this summer than the island of Ireland. While many are bemoaning the loss of holidays abroad this year, others are eagerly thinking of staycations that will provide an opportunity to really take in what’s already on our doorsteps.
Wild Atlantic Surf Co announces sponsorship for the 2020 Irish Sup Surf Classic in Sligo, Ireland.
A visual surf odyssey that takes its audience around the world and back, featuring the cold waters of Ireland and Scotland, to the warm waters of Indonesia and everywhere in between.
Wild Atlantic Surfboard Company heads to Doolin as sponsors and supporters of the 2020 Doolin Surf Festival this March for a weekend of fun, surf and music.
An opportunity to hit Ireland with CT surfer, Wade Carmichael, came about recently. Sam Smart and Ollie O’Flaherty rounded off the EU home crew, and Wade came over with his entourage: filmer, Jesse Little, and mate Ben Jones.
A slight shift in focus can feed the soul, especially when that new trajectory leads to surfing some of the heaviest waves in the northern hemisphere. We know Gearoid McDaid's got that competitive streak in him, see here. But the Irishman also has this innate desire to throw himself over (and under) thick-lipped mounds of emerald-coloured water.
The competitive grind isn't for everyone. The long days, heats in tough conditions, the yield sometimes not worth the reward. For the only Irishman competing on the QS, it's a way of life and training in a variety of conditions is the only way to push personal progression.
Believe it or not surfing improves your mental health. Surfing has already been prescribed by doctors. Surfing heals. Because it an outdoor activity practiced in the water, it is highly recommended to those recovering from mental illnesses or traumatic events and to many is part of a daily, weekly or even monthly tonic that helps keep positivity and balance in their lives.
Cornishman Mickey Smith first published ‘Dark side of the lens’ in 2011 with Astra Films and is likely to have influenced several surf photographers to come let alone embody the spirit of those behind the lens in our cold Atlantic winter swells.