Irish National Surfing Championships 50th Anniversary Celebration

The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the first Irish National Surfing Championships will take place

on the 16th and  17th of September 2017 in Tramore, Co Waterford, hosted by Tbay Surf Club.  The weekend will include the 2017 Irish National Surfing Championships and a Surfers Ball to celebrate the occasion.


IriishNationalPoster2017webThe first Irish National Surfing Championships were held in Tramore in 1967 following the establishment of the Surf Club Of Ireland in 1966. The Surf Club of Ireland, which later became Irish Surfing, the National Governing Body of Surfing today, was formed following 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. For the next few years Kevin experimented with making his own boards, connecting with other surfers and forming the Surf Club Of Ireland.

In 1966, Kevin received an invitation to compete at the World Surfing Championships in San Diego. When he returned from the Championships the club members were excited to hear how the event had gone. Kevin outlined how the contest was run, sowing the seeds for a decision to host the first Irish National Surfing Championships in Tramore in September 1967.

The event was a huge success with Kevin taking the first Irish Title and the event running annually since. Surfers, young and old, are invited to join our 50th Anniversary Celebration. 

Ball Tickets & Contest Entry

Legends Surfers Ball Tickets €40 (advance booking essential). National Entry €15 per events, entry closes Wedsnsday 13th September at 5pm. Age categories as per 1st January 2017. 

Full Program Of Events
Friday 15th Sept.

Informal gathering at The Victoria House, Queen street Tramore from 8pm

Saturday 16th Sept.      

8am- 6pm Nationals Heats (online registration only- see Irish surfing Website)

Lunchtime BBQ

Surf Videos at The TBAY Surf Centre showing all day

7.30pm Surfers Ball incorporating Legends of Surfing Awards Ceremony at O’Sheas Hotel Tramore

Sunday 17th Sept.

10am – Finals

4pm – Presentation at TBay Surf Centre

Accommodation List

Hotel         OShea's Hotel, Strand Street, Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland.
Phone : +353 (0)51 381 246  Fax: +353 (0)51 390 144 
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Hostel        Beach Haven House, Tramore , Co. Waterford, Ireland 
tel: +353 (0)51 390208 fax: +353 (0)51 330971 
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Bed and Breakfast              Killerig House Tramore

For More Accommodation & Local Tourism Information

Contest Back up dates 23/24 September and 30 September /01 October.  In the event of no surf on the 16/17 in Tramore, the 50th Celebrations will proceed in Tramore but the contest may be relocated / rerun on the 23/24 or 30/01.