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Celebration 50th Anniversary Irish Surfing Association And 48th Irish Inter County Surfing Championships

The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Irish Surfing Association will take place at the 48th

Irish Inter County Surfing Championships scheduled for Rossnowlagh, 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 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. 

Photo: Rossnowlagh, Easter 1966, Kevin Cavey (holding homemade balsa board, Tom Casey (holding Kevin's new Bilbo) & Patrick Kinsella sitting. Photo by Colm Cavey

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 began to emerge including North Coast Surf Club, West Coast Surf Club, South Coast Surf Club, Rossnowlagh Surf Club and Fastnet Surf Club. At this point the Surf Club Of Ireland became the Irish Surfing Association, the National Governing Body linking the newly emerged clubs. 


Surfers, young and old, are invited to join our 50th Anniversary Celebration.




Informal gathering, Surfers’ Bar, Rossnowlagh

Mellow music on the night



10.00am:Inter County Heats, Rossnowlagh Beach 

4.30pm: Beach Photo and Expression Session for all – Groms to the Golden Oldies

7.00pm: Irish Surfing 50th Anniversary Dinner, Sandhouse Hotel

10.00pm:Music, Ballroom



10.00am:Inter Country, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Final (Rossnowlagh, Tullen, The Peak, depending on conditions)

3.00pm: 48th Inter County Presentation, Surfers’ Bar, Rossnowlagh

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