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.

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Huge waves have hit Hawaii during Christmas

Twenty fivefoot waves have hit the Hawaiian Islands, during Christmas.

Despite the dreadful weather, thousands of surfers enjoyed the huge swell and lifeguards had not an easy 25th December.

Also, it is reported that two-thirds of the sand of Sunset Beach was brought back, after being washed away days before.

More than 30 surf rescues were made, while surfers and bathers were warned to stay out of the water.

Yokohama Bay's high surf was closed, as well as Hookipa Beach Park on Maui.

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The ASP 2010 schedule has been unveiled

With a historic 2009 coming to a close, the 2010 ASP schedule has been released and will mark some major shifts in venues and dates in order to ensure that the world’s best surfers battle one another in the world’s best waves.

“2010 will mark some major changes for professional surfing and the schedule reflects this,” Brodie Carr, ASP International CEO, said. “We’re moving dates of certain venues to ensure that we get the best possible surf as well as adding landmark new events. Across all disciplines, the 2010 ASP schedule will see nearly $12,000,000 paid out in prize money. It’s going to be an incredible year for surfing.”

The 2010 ASP World Tour schedule is as follows:
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, February 27 – March 10, 2010
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, March 30 – April 10, 2010
Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro, April 21 – April 30, 2010
Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, July 15 – 25, 2010
Billabong Pro Teahupoo, August 23 – September 3, 2010
Hurley Pro Trestles, September 12 – 21, 2010
Quiksilver Pro France, September 25 – October 5, 2010
Rip Curl Pro Portugal, October 7 – 18, 2010
Rip Curl Pro Search, October 30 – November 10, 2010
Billabong Pipe Masters, December 8 – 20, 2010

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