Summer’s End or Endless Summer?
This is Eddie and Seamus from iSurfIreland surf school in Strandhill and welcome to our Summer 2017 blog. It is hard to believe we have come to the end of another epic season, so this blog is all about bringing you the highlights from Summer 2017.
Summer S’Cool Camp
Our highlight of the summer was once again hosting three months of successful Summer S’Cool camps. We had so many great surfers and lots of new faces come and visit us this year and it was great to see many surfers returning for a second and even a third year. Thanks so much to everyone, especially to all the parents/guardians, grannies and grandads and family friends who helped the summer camps run so smoothly.
I think lots of the young surfers benefited from learning more about the wind and tides on Strandhill beach and how to avoid all the usual hazards surfers face. We also would like to thank our head coach Jack Kennedy for sharing his expert knowledge with the kids this summer and coaching them along in such a supportive and positive way.
Another highlight for us here at iSurfIreland were all the summer surfers visiting Strandhill. We enjoyed bringing so many happy people out in the waves in Strandhill this summer. Everyone was stoked on the warm water and the perfect summer waves for beginners. These two girls even convinced their mums to come surfing with us in Strandhill after they enjoyed their summer surf session with us so much.
On the back of the popularity of the Hour of Power surfing sessions on Sundays, County Sligo Surf Club organised coaching sessions for the parents too. Shells Cafe and Little Shop and iSurfIreland jumped on board and soon we had thirty-five participants on board for the regular weekly sessions in Strandhill. Everyone developed a greater awareness of ocean conditions and gained in confidence from each surf and everyone’s progress was clear to see.
With enthusiasm levels so high, we are delighted to announce the Shells Parents Sessions will be continuing into October.
The Bit O’ Red
Last week, Sligo Rover F.C. boss Gerard Lyttle called us up to organise a little surprise for his players. The lads showed up for training in the Showgrounds at 10 am as usual and were told they were travelling to Strandhill to do a training session on the beach. When they arrived they were surprised to learn that instead of another morning of grueling training their boss was taking them surfing instead to say thanks for all the hard work.
Although many of the players had never surfed before they were all up for the challenge and loved every minute of it. Some of the guys showed real promise on the board including striker Raff Cretaro. The lads certainly learned a bit about the sport of surfing and were great craic in the water.
The Warriors Festival 2017
As always, the summer season ends with a bang with the Warriors Festival. This year was the thirty-third annual Warrior Festival with local food and beer on offer and simply the best live music. Eight hundred warriors come to Strandhill each August to compete in this legendary event in honour of Queen Maeve and her warriors. Congratuations to Bryan Mc Mahon for being the fastest man to race from the seafront to Queen Maeve’s grave on top of Knocknarea and back to the Canon Gun and Martin Brennan, the first local home.
Big Beach Clean
iSurfIreland will be hosting an event for the annual Clean Coasts Big Beach Clean September 15 – 17. We will be hosting a Big Beach Clean at Strandhill on Sunday September 17 from 2.30 pm to 5 pm. And for anyone who picks up a full bag of rubbish we will be giving them a complementary surf lesson afterwards. So lots to look forward too this Autumn
See you in the water.
Seamus and Eddie @ iSurfIreland