Club profiles: Surf

Surf

Hello and welcome to NUIG Surf Club! We pride ourselves on encouraging surfers of every level to get into the water, have fun and make friends. We cater for surfers of all abilites, from complete beginners to those competing at national level. We offer regular day trips to Lahinch and Fanore, where beginners can learn to surf with Irish Surfing Association qualified instructors. Our weekend trips to Achill Island, Lahinch, Bundoran and Sligo offer beginners and chargers alike a chance to surf in new places, make new friends, and party till dawn! Lessons, competitions, games and shenanigans... For those keen to surf during the week, the Surf Club Facebook page is a great place to meet other people willing to share the cost of an early morning surf trip to Co.Clare.

The club provides a range of boards from faomies, longboards, SUP's, short boards along with wetsuits, gloves, booties,and hoods which can be borrowed from our equipment officer. There is a deposit of 20euro when borrowing club gear, which will be returned to the member if nothing is damaged or lost. If a board is damaged, the members must pay repairs for the board, or if the board is badly damaged, the full price of the baord. In order to take out Club gear, you must have taken lessons with an ISA qualified instructor, and be surfing with a competent surfer. In 2013 the club brought a group of members to Peniche in Portugal, lessons were given and the craic was had!  The club also went to Peniche in 2012 and have other foreign trips including morocco and other parts of Spain! 

This year we are expanding the club to provide more for the advanced surfers with meetings and get togethers every few weeks and small group trips to higher performance waves where we will record you surfing with our  GoPro so that you can get an outside perspective of your style and where you need to improve as well as get advice from your peers. We are really excited about this as it is a great way to speed up your progression and maybe get more people competing in the intervarsities and regional contests.

We were national Intervarsity Champions for six years running, we lost it to Sligo in 2012 and regianed our title in 2013! In 2014 we place 3rd in varsities in Achill Island, and unfortunately varsities in 2015 did not go ahead because of the ISA's bad choice of location! We look forward to inter-varsities in autumn 2015! 

That is a taster of the surf club but the best way of finding out more is to meet us in person on clubs day or at our weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 7.30pm in AC216, on the main Concourse, up by Bank of Ireland.

History

In 2001 the Surf club was officially recognized by the University thanks to the work Tom Flanigan put in. However membership remained low and most members had their own surf boards. The club only had two surf boards for beginner use. These surf boards are famous for surviving after being driven over in France and for surviving a house fire and are now held in the surf club museum. Despite lack of funding the surf club committee ( Paddy Tom and Tom Walsh ) held intense meetings where they would discuss the future of the club and organize weekends away. From these humble pioneers the Club has grown and prospered into a hugely well organised and successful global conglomerate; boasting property, oil wells and worldwide legions of loyal minions amongst its assets.

Achievements

2015/2016 - Intervarsities 1st and 2nd place (Sligo) 

2014/2015- Clubs Captains' Award- Aisling Byrne 

2013/2014- Intervarsities 3rd Place (Achill, Co.Mayo)

2012/2013 - Intervarsities Champions (Castlegreggory). NUIG Leadership Award Winners. Club's Captains' Award- Grainne Conway. 

2009/2010 - Intervarsites Champions (Sligo) for the sixth year in a row,

2008/2009 - Intervarsites Champions (Lahinch),

2007/2008 - Intervarsities Champions (Lahinch)

2006/07-Intervarsities Champions(T Bay)/"Best New Club".

2005/2006 - Intervarsities Champions (Portrush)

First "sports star" award given to a surfing athlete in NUIG history 2005 - "Club of the Year" & Winners of Intervarsities 2004 - "Most Improved Club"

pre 2003 - quote: "its all a psychedilic blur..."

Intervarsities

The NUIG surf club has won the intervarsitys six years in a row and intends to keep this trend going into the future. The title was lost in 2012 to Sligo IT but regained by NUIG in 2013. GMIT took the title in 2014, and unfortunately no intervarsites took place in March 2015 due to a bad location choice by the ISA!