The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Irish Surfing Association will take place at the
Rossnowlagh Intercounties scheduled for Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal on the 15 - 16 October.
In 1966 the Surf Club Of Ireland was formed as a result of a chain of events initiated by Bray man, Kevin Cavey. Kevin discovered surfing in 1962, when he saw a picture of a Hawaiian surfer in a Reader’s Digest. This picture was his inspiration for a life-long passion for surfing and for the next few years Kevin experimented with making his own boards, dedicated himself to connecting with other surfers from the four corners of Ireland and set about forming a surf club.
In 1966, Kevin decided it was time to tell Ireland that surfing had arrived. He, together with Roger Steadman, took a stand at the Irish Boat Show, titled Bray Ireland Surf Club, and was inundated with interest. A week after the Boat Show Kevin, who had received delivery of his first custom fibreglass surfboard, his brother Colm, Tom Casey and Patrick Kinsella set off on the first great Surfari, to Strandhill, Rossnowlagh and the North Coast. Thus began the Irish Surfing adventure.......
On returning home from the Surfari, the Surf Club Of Ireland was formed, a club representing all Ireland. By the late 60s surfing was expanding rapidly and regional clubs had been formed including North Coast Surf Club, South Coast Surf Club and Rossnowlagh Surf Club. In January 1969 the Surf Club Of Ireland became the Irish Surfing Association, the National Governing Body linking the newly emerged clubs. Quickly thereafter followed the West Coast Surf Club and Fastnet Surf Club.
In the years that followed, the Irish Surfing Association was the catalyst for the hosting of European Surfing Championships in 1972 (Lahinch), 1985 (Rossnowlagh), 1997 (Bundoran) and 2011 (Bundoran). Irish surf teams became regular attendees at European and World Surfing Championships. The number of surf clubs in the country blossomed to the current 17 which exist and a necklace of clubhouses were built to encourage the development of the sport. 50 years on surfing is now a mainstream recreation providing much needed year round employment on the periphery of Ireland all along its South, West and Northern coasts. Today young Irish surfers are competing on the World stage while the early surfers of the 60s, notwithstanding a few grey hairs, continue to enjoy the wave in a sport which attracts all ages from 8 to 88.
Surfers, young and old, are invited to join our 50th Anniversary Celebration. Online event registration and gala dinner tickets available at Bookings or call to Fin McCool Surf Shop, Rossnowlagh, Tel (071) 985 9020.
Rossnowlagh Accommodation List
FRIDAY, 14TH OCTOBER 2016:
Informal gathering, Surfers’ Bar, Rossnowlagh
Mellow music on the night
SATURDAY, 15TH OCTOBER:
10.00am:Intercounties Heats, Rossnowlagh Beach
4.30pm:Beach Photo and Expression Session for all – Groms to the Golden Oldies
7.00pm:Irish Surfing Association 50th Anniversary Dinner, Sandhouse Hotel
10.00pm: Quarterdeck & Friends, Ballroom
SUNDAY, 16TH OCTOBER 2016:
10.00am:Intercounties, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Final (Rossnowlagh, Tullan, The Peak, depending on conditions)
3.00pm:48th Inter County Presentation, Surfers’ Bar, Rossnowlagh