Just in time for the September Swells, County Sligo Surf Club has announced details of its upcoming Queen Maeve Surf Open Competition on Strandhill Beach from 28-29 September.
The concept of the competition is to reflect the strong recent growth and development of the club and to give local families and surfers the chance to get involved.
There will be junior events for U10, U12 & U14 including a system to allow for assisted and un-assisted events. This means that kids who are not so advanced to paddle into their own waves can be helped into waves during a heat. Junior surfers from Grange, Cliffony and Bundoran have also been invited to be involved.
Also new for 2019 will be the Women’s Log Jam. This is to reflect the huge growth in women hitting the waves, according to Brian Parle, PRO for County Sligo Surf Club “Given the explosion in the growth of women’s surfing up and down the west coast in recent years, it makes sense to have an event to showcase the growth in Irish women’s surfing, and hopefully we’ll get some good waves to give them the opportunity to style out!”
Finally, to add some fun on the day, there will be a “Great Foamie Battle” under the gaze of Queen Maeve. “There will be different event heats for different skill-levels but the general idea is to have a family-friendly event and encourage participation.” according to Parle.
Anybody keen to enter for the competition needs to have an adult membership with the ISA to be insured to participate in the event.
Don’t miss the post-event celebrations: on Sunday, 29 September at The Dunes Bar in Strandhill there will be winner presentations and food for all entrants.
County Sligo Surf Club is especially grateful to local illustrator Linda Fahrlin of Supertrooper Studio for the stunning competition poster design & for support from Dunnes Stores, Baker Boys & Shells Sea Side Bakery Cafe
Full details via the County Sligo Surf Club website at countysligosurfclub.com.