Last week a full Irish Team traveled to Northern Ireland to compete at the Home Internationals. The home internationals is a Team event between Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Jersey. The Home Internationals was run at East Strand in Portrush run by CANI and the Ulster Paddlesurf Club.

On the day of competition waves were small making for challenging conditions. Weather was sunny with a cool offshore wind. At the competition this year there were five teams taking part. Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

It was great to see all the Irish Team putting everything they had into heats. There was great team spirit on the day everyone helping each other out, carrying boats down the beach and offering great encouragement. Everyone worked hard all day in their heats.

We ended up Second in the competition.Results were as follows.

  1. England
  2. Ireland
  3. Northern Ireland
  4. Wales
  5. Scotland.

We will take all we learned in competing at the Home Internationals and use it for our preparation for the upcoming Worlds Championships in 2017. Surf kayaking in Ireland is in an extremely healthy place. To make the Irish Team there is huge competition for every place in every category.

BIG THANKS to all the Northern Ireland Crew for putting on a great event, Massive thanks to Darragh for getting the hoodys sorted and to Alan O Brien for getting the houses sorted. Thanks to Mike Barry and Darragh Walsh for managing. Lastly thanks to everyone for all the support.