Irish Surfing Association 

Irish surfers are set to celebrate next weekend (18/19 October) at the fortieth Rossnowlagh Intercounties Surfing Championships.

Often described as the All- Ireland of surfing, the Rossnowlagh Intercounties is very much a social as well as a competitive event attracting surfers of all ages from the four corners of Ireland.

When the event was first run in 1968, Down beat Wicklow in the final. With little or no waves between them it is no surprise that neither county has featured in the final since.

Over the years three counties have dominated the event, Antrim during the seventies, Donegal in the eighties and Waterford in recent decades. Other past winners include Fermanagh, Derry and Leitrim.

Amazingly Sligo, a county that has produced many top competitive surfers over the years has only taken the title once with other strong surfing counties such as Clare, Kerry, Cork and Mayo never taking the title. Mayo has come close in recent years making the final on a number of occasions.

Many of the thirty-two counties will be represented at the weekend even counties such as landlocked Offaly and Laois.

Defending Champions, Waterford will be out in force to secure another title to bring the Vinny Britton Cup back to the Deise for the third consecutive year.

Only time will tell if there is another county out there that can halt their challenge.

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Surfers Bible 

Six years ago, Bible Society and Christian Surfers International (CSI) published the first Surfers Bible. It was an instant hit on the surfing scene with some remarkable results.

“I was in hospital after a severe surfing accident and the only thing I had to read was the Surfers Bible,” said professional bodyboarder, Glenn Thurston.

“By the end of my recovery I had not only healed of my injury, but I had come to a faith in Christ,” he said. First published in 2002, the Surfers Bible has had amazing success with over 75,000 copies distributed around the world.

“Surfing is growing at a phenomenal rate all over the world and has become a world youth icon synonymous with excitement, freedom and a way of connecting with nature,” said Brett Davis, Christian Surfers International Director.

“However, the catch is that surfers tend to worship the creation rather than the creator. In fact Australians are more likely to surf than attend church regularly, so it is vital to connect with them and help them,” Brett said.

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Tyler Wright

Tyler Wright (AUS), 14, made ASP History today as the youngest ever winner of an ASP World Tour event, defeating fellow finalist Silvana Lima (BRA), 23, at the Beachley Classic in peaky two foot (1 metre) waves at Manly Beach.

Stop No. 5 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Beachley Classic was treated to dramatic action all week, with the increased 20% ratings points wreaking havoc on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Title race before culminating in Wright’s historic win.

“This is easily the best day of my life,” Wright said. “I’m so stoked. I don’t really have the words to describe it. I knew Silvana (Lima) would be dangerous out there so I just did my best to stick to my game plan and get waves.”

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