The national governing body for the sport of surfing in Ireland has its headquarters in Easkey, Co Sligo. The Association will be running two national events in West Sligo in 2005.
16/17 April Irish National Championships, Easkey, Co Sligo
7/8 May Wet and Wild Water Women's Weekend, Enniscrone, Co Sligo
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Surfing in West Sligo
West Sligo boasts some of the best surfing locations in Ireland, catering for surfers of all abilities with gentle beaches suitable for novices to quality reefs suitable for the more experienced surfers.
Internationally the village of Easkey is one of the best known surfing areas in Ireland. What makes Easkey special? It has two reef breaks, the left just by the river mouth, and the right to the east of the castle. The waves in Easkey break over rocks rather than on sand. This makes the waves more attractive to surfers because they are hollowed and faster than beach breaks. The surfing area in Easkey faces in such a way that the prevailing winds, which are south-westerly, are offshore.
In 1979 the pro/am International event was held in Easkey. Surfers from all over were treated to Easkey waves at their best on the weekend of the contest. The event got international publicity in surfing magazines. Since then, magazines from all over the world have featured Easkey.
In 1997 Easkey was mentioned as 'one of the places a travelling surfer has got to visit' in Surfer Magazine, the biggest surfing publication in the world.
In 1995 the Irish Surfing Association established its headquarters in the Easkey Surf and Information Centre on Main Street. This centre is located in the centre of Easkey village. It houses the headquarters of the Irish Surfing Association and the Seventh Wave Surf School. Surf reports are posted daily on the notice board or further information is available on 096 49020 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seventh Wave Surf School operated from Enniscrone Beach during summer months offering lessons, for the novice to the more advanced, coaching with all equipment provided. Group rates available. For further information contact (087) 233 3789
West Sligo Surf Club, a member of the Irish Surfing Association, represents surfers in the area and offers activities for all ages and abilities including club contests, junior open days etc. For further information contact email@example.com.
Surfing equipment can be purchased at Enniscrone's new surf shop at the Seaweed Baths, Enniscrone 096 36238. Open all year.
For Surfboard repairs in West Sligo area contact Ger Byrne, Aughris 071 9166745
The Irish Surfing Association
The national governing body for the sport of surfing in Ireland has its headquarters in Easkey, Co. Sligo. The association ran two successful national events in West Sligo in 2005.