The Irish National Surfing Championship took place in Bundoran at the weekend, with early rounds at Tullan Strand on Saturday and finals at the Peak on Sunday. As usual the Peak delivered with classic surf conditions.
The highlight of the weekend was the performance of the junior contingent, many competing at the National Championships for the first time but their experience from the Irish Surfing Junior tour obvious, particularly their tactical use of priority. Of the sixteen surfers to contest the Mens quarter finals, eight were juniors including brothers, Tom and Rory Murphy, Sky Sacolax, Odin Villarreal, Jago Brodie, Oscar Choo and Joshua Karbus along with Akiya Moore who reached the womens semi finals.
Oscar Choo and Joshua Karbus were narrowly defeated in the semi finals but Tom Murphy and Odin Villarreal progressed to contest the Mens final against established senior surfers Ollie O’Flaherty and European silver medalist, Gearoid Mc Daid. Gearoid took an early lead, impressing the judges to score 9.0:point for his first wave, followed up with an 8.0 point ride to retain his Irish title.