2011 see the Euro surf championships land on the Emerald Isle in Bundoran, County Donegal, home to some of the countries most consistent surf. The Event is hosted between 23rd Sept and 02nd Oct with 2 venues – The famous Peak a reef right in town and at Tullan strand. Theres going to be 13 Euro nations representing and it should be a fantastic festival of surf. Check out the event video and info below:
The European Surfing Championships alternate each year between the senior event “Eurosurf” (odd years) and the Junior event “Eurojunior” (even years). The separation into a junior event and senior event happened in 1992. The Euro’s were first held in 1970 in Jersey. 2011 will be Irelands 4th time to host Eurosurf, and 3rd time in Bundoran. The previous Eurosurf events held in Ireland were 1972 in Spanish Point, Co. Clare which was won by England, 1985 in Bundoran, co. Donegal won by France, 1997 in Bundoran, co. Donegal won by Portugal. Until recently there had been a trend that the winners in Ireland retained the senior title until the Eurosurf returned to Ireland. England held the title from 1970 to 1985, and then France held it from 1985 to 1997 when Portugal won the senior title for the first time. They then lost the title to Spain in 2003, who proceeded to relinquish it once more to Portugal in 2005. Portugal retained the title in 2007 before losing it to France two years ago in Jersey.
Each team is entitled to bring up to 13 surfers and at least 2 judges, as well as team staff. The surfers are split into the following divisions – Open, Womens, Senior (over 28), Masters (Over 35), Longboard, Bodyboard and Womens Bodyboard. There were teams from 13 countries at Eurosurf 2009 and indeed Eurojunior 2010, neither Israel nor Scotland had teams at those events, we hope to see a return of representatives from those nations in 2011. The International Surfing Association has added 3 new European nations to their roster – Malta, Greece and Hungary, and we hope to see those countries join the Eurosurf family as well.