Laois Surfers – making it possible to step into liquid
Since it’s formation back in 2003 Laois Surf Club has proved one thing – that surfing is for everyone! No more excuses, as everyone is welcome and everyone is capable of learning to surf to a level that they can enjoy and excel.
The Club caters for beginners, improvers and the more accomplished but all share the common purpose of learning and loving the excitement, exhilaration and sheer unbridled enjoyment of surfing.
The safe and secure base of Tramore is the Club’s ‘home base’ as the current free strand is an ideal place to learn and an excellent beach for facilities, equipment hire and lessons.
Laois Surfers hold meetings in Kavanagh’s Wrens Nest in Portlaoise by way of keeping in touch and planning activities but it’s all about getting to the water from Inch to Lahinch and Donegal to Doonbeg. There are dozens of surfing options once you know how and know where and the Laois Club provides the back up for members to safely enjoy their sport and surfing excursions.
The Club has about 25 active members and as many again who come and go as the surf and the seasons take them and that’s the relaxed nature of things. The Laois Club is aligned for support, contacts and expertise to the Irish Surfing Association (ISA) and can offer reliable advice on lessons, locations, coaching and equipment.
It provides a super healthy sporting and social outlet and apart from regular surfing trips around the Irish coast all year round the Club also organises overseas trips to surf spots like Biarritz, Newquay and Lagos. There is also the Club’s annual pilgrimage in mid-October to the Inter Counties event in Rossnowlagh which provides a great chance to meet up and catch up with surfers from all over. Meanwhile individual Club members have taken their surfing adventure to the south of England, the Canaries, Spain, New Zealand, California, and Australia among other spots… and the quest continues.
Laois Surfers put a strong emphasis on participation and access for all and whenever possible organise introductory days and provide access for local children to the surf experience through their Primary Surfing Project, which has proved a great success.
These days the Club members keep in touch through facebook, twitter, this website and a free email and text alert service provided by the Club to members giving them a heads up on events and activities and of course the best swell and surf conditions each week.