It looks like a good time was had in Bundoran for the Irish National Surfing Championships. The event took place at Tullan Strand, which if you have never surfed there is well worth a visit. It is one of my favourite beach breaks with a really nice peak and long lines. Anyway back to the news that part of the competition was for Stand Up Paddle Surfing and they have crowned Emmet O'Doherty the first Irish Stand Up Paddle Surf Champion.
Emmet O'Doherty Crowned Irish SUP Champion
It was an early start on Saturday morning for Irish surfers competing in the 2008 Denny Irish National Surfing Championships with the first heat in the water at 8.00am at Tullan Strand. With the wave forecast for Sunday looking poor event organisers were eager to complete the event in one day. The conditions on tullan strand were shoulder to head high rights and lefts peeling from a hollow wedgie peak. It was quite inconsistent between sets and the stiff offshore wind made it difficult to hold position in the line-up, and furthermore, to drop in to the steep take-off section on the SUP's.
About 5.30pm history was made as the first ever Irish National Stand Up Paddle-surfing final entered the water, contested by Neil Britton (Rossnowlagh), Emmet O'Doherty (Bundoran), John Mc Carthy (Lahinch) and Kieron Black (Down).
From the outset it was clear that the final would be a battle between Emmet and Kieron as the other two contestants struggled with the strong offshore wind. Emmet kicked off the final with a solid score matched by Kieron shortly after.
While Kieron rode several more waves he did not have a second high score to match Emmet's final wave. Emmet O'Doherty was crowned the first Stand UP Paddle Surfing Champion of Ireland while Kieron settle for second with John Mc Carthy, third and Neil Britton, fourth.