Fergal Smith, the 2009 Irish Surfing champion

The Irish National Surfing Championships and the Irish Junior National Surfing Championships are to be replaced with a new format in 2010.

Next year’s National Champions will be crown from Championships Tours rather than from once off events.

The Irish Championships tour will comprise of four events in Portrush, Cork, Strandhill and Easkey and will include Open Surf, Women’s Surf, Open Bodyboard, Women’s Bodyboard, Longboard, Master (over 35), Senior (over 27) and SUP categories.

The Irish Junior Championships tour will comprise of four events in Lahinch, Tramore, Bundoran and Rossnowlagh and will include U18 Boys Surf, U18 Girls Surf, U16s Surf, U14s Surf, U18 Longboard, U18 Girls Bodyboard, U18 Boys Bodyboard and U16 Bodyboard categories.

Irish Surfing Association
Calendar of Event 2010

13/14 February Irish Student Surfing Championships, Strandhill, Co Sligo

6/7 March C-Skins Junior Championships, Lahinch, Co Clare

27/28 March Tramore Junior Championships, Tramore, Co Watterford

10/11 April Portrush Open, Irish Championships Tour, Portrush, Co Antrim

17/18 April Lahinch Open, Lahinch, Co Clare (Club event)

24/25 April Cork Open- Irish Championships Tour, Garretstown, Co Cork

15/16 May Women’s Weekend, Enniscrone, Co Sligo

5/6 June Rossnowlagh Longboard and SUP Championships

26/27 June Bundoran Board Riders Junior Championships, Bundoran, Co Donegal

31/1 August Co Sligo Open- Irish Championships Tour, Strandhill, Co Sligo

21/22 August Rossnowlagh Junior Surfing Championships- Irish Championships Tour (Junior Only), Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal

11/12 September West Coast Longboard Championships, Lahinch, Co Clare

25/26 September Tramore Women’s Weekend

2/3 October Easkey Open, Irish Championships Tour, Easkey, Co Sligo

16/17 October Rossnowlagh Intercounties, Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal

This is a draft calendar, changes may have to be considered once the dates for the World Surfing Games and European Junior Surfing Championships are announced.

SOURCE: Irish Surfing Association