Brandon Bay Surf Classic 2013

by Alison, 07/11/2013

Short days and long evenings mean that you have to pack any surf time or vitamin D into the weekends. Over the last bank holiday I was lucky enough to hop on the ferry and go to Kerry for the Brandon Bay Surf Classic. 

This was the last competition for the year. The event was supposed to run while we were in Portugal. On the one hand, it was great that it was cancelled, as I actually got to surf in it. On the other, as it had been postponed from its original dates, it was no longer a tour competition. This meant that although I finally managed to win an event, it didn't count towards the tour rankings. However it was great to surf a new location, meet some friendly people and be reminded of just how beautiful Kerry is. 

The competition had a two day period but with gale force winds expected on the Sunday, the full competition was held on the Saturday. From horizontal rain to sun streaking through the clouds, it was a typical Irish day, changeable and unpredictable. While the conditions may have been more conducive to wind / kite surfing, once the jerseys went on it was all about the surf. Granted once they came off, it was all about fleeces, jackets and sheltering from the wind. Perfect conditions would be great, but sometimes the challenge is performing well even when the conditions are less then ideal. All I can say is that after watching the performances in the other sections, there is plenty to aspire to. 


  1. Hey Honey so proud of you.You faced many challenges even getting to Brandon and then you not only won but managed to capture such beautiful images of the amazing Kerry landscape- well done on all fronts. Want to revisit that amazing county and will do in the near future. Mum

  2. Beauty full pictures again Alison and great you won a event

  3. Thanks a million! Must admit I was delighted. Also so happy to have rediscovered Kerry considering how ridiculously close it is :)

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