The Irish Junior Surf Team depart Dublin Airport today for Santa Cruz, Portugal to compete at Eurosurf Junior ’22 (European Junior Surfing Championships). Eurosurf Junior is a biannual event hosted by the European Surfing Federation. 17 Nations are to compete at this year’s Eurosurf Junior including Ireland, Belgium, Channel Islands, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Wales

This years event is the first Eurosurf Junior with 50% female participation, marking a historic milestone for promoting women’s participation in surfing in Europe

Team Manager, Ross Lee will lead the team supported by Team Coaches, Ayesha Garvey, Maia Monaghan and Iarom Madden. Gavin McCrea has been selected to the international panel who will judge the prestigious Championships

The event has not taken place since 2018, having been scheduled and cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid 19. Apart from Ben Maher who competed at Eurosurf Junior ’18, the rest of the competitors on the team will be making their debut on the European stage

The Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony will take place on Saturday 16th with competition starting on Sunday 17th running daily until Sunday 24th. The event will be available on live webcast, details to be published.

There is a wealth of talented young surfers in the water in Ireland today, with the standard higher and competition for places on the team tougher than ever before. Irish Surfing wishes the twelve young surfers competing and their management team a successful event. We know you will each do your families, clubs and country proud

Irish Surfing is our supporters by Sport Ireland, Sport NI and the Olympic Federation of Ireland. We are very grateful to our surf clubs, schools, shops and the many individual surfers who donated to our team fundraiser.

Irish Junior Surf Team 2022

U18 Girls

Jude Lee, Tbay Surf Club

Alex Fanning, Tbay Surf Club

Katie Lodge, West Coast Surf Club


U18 Boys

Jai Widger, Tbay Surf Club

Lorcan Southcombe, Donegal Bay Board Riders

Ben Maher, Tbay Surf Club


U16 Girls

Akiya Moore, Tbay Surf Club

Evelyn Moore, Tbay Surf Club

Sadie Shalloo, West Coast Surf Club


U16 Boys

Tom Murphy, Donegal Bay Board Riders

Oscar Choo, Donegal Bay Board Riders

Darragh Gilmartin, Donegal Bay Board Riders


Girls Longboard

Alex Fanning, Tbay Surf Club


Boys Longboard

Ben Maher, Tbay Surf Club



Ross Lee, Tbay Surf Club



Ayesha Garvey, Rossnowlagh Surf Club

Iarom Madden, Donegal Bay Board Riders

Maia Monaghan, Rossnowlagh Surf Club



Gavin McCrea, Rossnowlagh Surf Club


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