Irish Open 2015


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3rd of October 2015 at 08:00 AM - Last date for registration is the 29th of September 2015


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The Top Event in the Irish Paddlesurf Calendar, showcasing the best surfing, in epic waves. The stunning location at Easkey Left, Co.Sligo provides an awesome backdrop for both taking part and spectating.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

The Event

Each year the event gets more popular and the pressure to complete a successful event increases. As a result we can only guarantee to run an Open Class for each of the categories, Waveski, Short Boat & Long Boat. The individual divisions such as Ladies, Masters, Juniors etc. may run if time permits but otherwise will be determined from the placings in the Open Class. I.E. best place junior in S.B. will be declared the Junior S.B winner.


• Only members of the Canoeing Ireland or members of I.C.F. affiliated unions may participate in Canoeing Ireland PaddleSurf events.

• Failure to comply with the above will mean loss of points to the individual and his/her club.

• Competitors must use the correct colour bib as allotted in the Heat list.

• Paddle-Surf event competitors must be able to swim

• Judges decision is final on all matters throughout the event.

Safety & Rules It is a requirement that any competitor seeing another in real danger should render all assistance in his/her power. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action up to and including disqualification for life.

Competitors must surf in a fair manner.

The only means of propulsion shall be by paddle.

A surfer must execute the most radical controlled manoeuvres in the critical section of a wave with speed and power throughout. The surfer who executes such manoeuvres on the biggest and/or best waves shall be deemed the winner

A. Radical Controlled Manoeuvres Judges expect to see changes of direction of the boat on the wave. Such manoeuvres would include bottom turns, re-entries, cutbacks, floaters, aerials, tube rides, top turns, late take- offs, trimming and stalling, etc. How radical they are, followed by the amount of control and commitment put into each of them, will determine how high they will score. In particular, judges are looking for the bigger, more radical, manoeuvres, with ‘rail to rail’ surfing, rather than single rail surfing.

It is important to note, a surfer has to complete a manoeuvre for it to be scored. It will not score well if they lose control or are not able to continue on the wave.

B. Most Critical Section Higher scores occur if the surfer stays in the critical section of the wave, the “pocket” closest to the curl. The degree of commitment and the risk involved in performing close to the curl is the reason that it scores higher.

C. The Biggest and/or Best Waves Wave selection is a critical factor for a surfer in their heat. The waves selected will dictate the manoeuvres they are able to perform. There is less emphasis put on wave size in small to medium conditions due to the fact that the best waves may not necessarily be the biggest. However, in a contest with big wave conditions, a large part of the criteria would be the size. A surfer should be prepared to demonstrate the greatest commitment to the critical part of the wave. A surfer does not automatically score high because of wave size or quality. What the surfer does with the wave is a more important criteria.

D. The Different Categories (Long and Short Boats) Short Boats: More emphasis will be put on big, more dynamic, manoeuvres than on long rides Long Boats: More emphasis is put on large carving type manoeuvres with longer rides. Note that the longer the ride, the more potential time to score points, so the higher potential score, in both categories

Judging in Bad Conditions

In poor surf judges concentrate on surfers who are utilizing the mini power-pockets on the wave with explosive moves that are normally timed to occur at each of these spots on the wave.

Higher scores will occur if manoeuvres are being linked directly to another without paddling all the way to the next section.


To determine interference, the judges first decide which surfer has the right of way as a situation arises. The judges then determine whether the surfer with the Right of Way has been possibly hindered in his scoring potential. The key word in these criteria is “possibly.” If the judge has to consider whether or not they have hindered the other surfer, then they have possibly hindered the scoring potential of the Right of Way surfer, so the interference must be called.

What Judges Consider

A. Which surfer has the Right of Way? At the take off point, the inside surfer always has unconditional Right of Way.

B. Was there interference or not? Did the surfer with unconditional Right of Way have his scoring potential possibly hindered?

C. What rule in the book reflects to the infringement? Drop-in, snaking, paddling, breaking down a section, or excessive hassling?

The Interference Rule is:

The surfer deemed to have the inside position for a wave, has unconditional right of way for the entire duration of that ride. Interference will be called if during that ride, a majority of judges feel that a fellow competitor has possibly hindered the scoring potential of that surfer deemed to have the Right of Way for the wave.

Anyone who surfs in front of a surfer with the Right of Way has the chance to kick out of the wave without being called for interference, unless he/she hinders the scoring potential of the surfer with the Right of Way by any means including excessive hassling, hindering progress, or breaking down a section.

A. Point Break (Single Direction Wave) – The inside surfer has unconditional Right of Way for the duration of that wave.

B. Single Peak (Left & Right Breaking Wave) – The surfer considered to have the inside position at the initial point of take off has unconditional Right of Way in the direction he chooses by making an obvious turn. A second surfer may surf in the opposite direction.

C. Beach Break (Multiple Random Peaks) – Two separate peaks that eventually meet then both surfers are required to kick out of the wave or straighten out to avoid collision. If they both give way by cutting back or kicking out, so that neither is hindered, there will be no penalty.

If they cross paths, collide or hinder one another, the judges may penalize the surfer who has been the aggressor at the point of contact, or may penalize both surfers.

If neither surfer gives way, by cutting back or kicking out, and both share responsibility for the confrontation, then a double interference will be called.

Paddling Interference

Paddling interference may be called if:

A. The offending surfer makes contact with, or forces the inside surfer to change his line while paddling to catch the wave causing possible loss of scoring potential.

B. The offending surfer obviously causes a section to break down in front of the inside surfer, which would not normally have happened causing loss of scoring potential.

C. When a surfer is put in a position while paddling out that he cannot get out of the way and a collision happens due to this, it is up to a majority of judges to call interference based on whether it is felt to be accidental or not.

Note: If two or more paddlers collide there must have been either dangerous surfing or poor judgment from at least one of the paddlers involved. If one of the paddlers is not at fault for the collision, then both/all the paddlers must have an interference called against them. This is to enforce safety as a prime directive of the sport.


The surfer who is farthest inside at the initial take off point is entitled to that wave for the duration of his ride. However, if a surfer takes off on the white water behind the first surfer, he will be penalized if the surfer taking off at the peak is forced to pull out and loses the wave. (Note, this does not prevent behind-the-peak takeoffs started in green water).

The Right of Way rule says that the surfer who is farthest inside at the initial take off point is entitled to that wave for the duration of his ride. Judges expect that there will be jockeying for position on some waves. However, paddling in front of, around, or behind a competitor who has inside position and is about to take off on a wave, in order to impede the competitor and take possession of a wave, is considered to be snaking, and will result in an interference call.

General Rules

Competitors must be current members of their National Governing Body and have full competition insurance.

Competitors should have filled in an entry form and paid all fees no later than the closing date for entries.

Competitors must be able to perform an Eskimo roll in rough water. Competitors maybe asked to prove this.

Competitors’ kayaks must be inspected and approved as meeting all boat specification and safety requirements at every competition

It will need to be up to approval level in every surfed heat or the competitor will be disqualified from that heat.

It is the responsibility of the competitor to be ready prior to the start of their heat. Failure to comply will result in possible sanctions by the competition committee.

Any competitor surfing in the designated area, while another heat is in progress, will be subject to sanctions.

Competitors are responsible for entering their heat wearing the correct colour of bib, as determined by the Beach Marshall listings, where they receive their bib. Failure to comply will result in sanctions.

Competitors may have assistance emptying their kayaks and re-launching while the heat is in progress. But if you are rescued by the rescue boat or ski, this will be the end of your heat.

In each heat, a competitor can take a maximum of 10 waves, and will be scored on their best 2 waves

Sanctions / Punishments

The standard punishment for interference with 2 wave scoring is the competitor judged to be at fault, loses half their highest scoring wave from that heat.

If a competitor commits 2 interferences or more in one heat, this will be the end of their heat. If the judges or contest organizers believe that a competitor is purposely trying to disrupt the competition, is constantly causing interferences, or is acting unsafely, unfairly or in an un- sportsmanlike manner, the competitor can be disqualified from the competition.

All boats/all categories:

Must have rounded ends: All kayaks must have a minimum diameter of 50mm (allowing for 6mm protuberance) in the plan view at the front of the kayak.

Kayaks Must Not have an “Extended End”: Kayaks must be more than 10cm wide, 10cm back from the front end of the kayak in plan view.

All kayaks must have buoyancy and float if filled with water; the kayak must have full buoyancy in the back of the boat and some buoyancy in the front, to keep the kayak floating level when flooded. This buoyancy can be; Full foam, a bulkhead or a proper manufactured airbag (i.e. No wine boxes, beach balls, swim aids, etc)

All kayaks must have tails fitted. Tails must be at least 20cm long with a knot in the end, must reach past the end of the kayak and must not form an entrapment (i.e. no loop that a finger or hand can fit through). The tail, if webbing, must have a minimum width of 25mm, if rope, must be 8mm diameter or more (as measured, not manufactured). Tails must be of permanent attachment so not to break off when used.

Helmets are required while surfing in this competition and must be approved by your country’s governing body. (CE Approved or equivalent)

Buoyancy Aids / PFD’s (Personal Flotation Devices) or Impact vests are required to be worn while surfing in the competition. Inflatable life jackets are not allowed. Your country’s governing body must approve PFD’s and Impact vests. It must have an official flotation rating, equivalent to (BS) EN 393, this requires a floatation of 50N. This could be checked at the contest. (By putting a 5kg weight on the item, and seeing if it floats).

The competition committee will do their best to make sure that competition runs in safe surf conditions. It is up to the individual competitor to decide if the surf conditions are above their own ability or not. If competitors chose go into the surf, it will be at their own risk.

Boat Design Specifications

Boat Length:

Long Boat: 3m or longer as measured in a horizontal plane.

Short Boat: 2.75m or under, as measured in a horizontal plane.

Hull design:

Long Boat: The hull may be any shape as long as the maximum concave depth under a straight edge, placed perpendicular to the long axis of the kayak at any point on the hull, is less than 10mm. There are no additional restrictions on deck design, hull radii or seat location. The kayak can have up to 4 fin boxes, as long as there are no fins in them. Fin boxes must be covered OR empty, and may be no longer than 25 cm and no wider than 2 cm”

Short Boat: no restrictions (fins allowed) All designs must still take in account, the safety rules as above.

The Competition Committee will have the final decision on any dispute, based upon whether any non-conformance is due to a bad repair/warp or a deliberate attempt to break/bend the rules.

Construction and deck design:

The kayak shall be of hollow construction, with the paddler sitting in, not on, the kayak. Any material is allowed for construction. In addition, each kayak must utilize a fabric type sprayskirt / spraydeck, which completely encircles the paddler’s waist, and the boat’s cockpit to attain “watertight” status from the waist down.

Waveski Specifications

Length: 3.65m or shorter

Competitors must sit on top with bottom flush on seat. Feet must be in front of body in footwells with foot-straps. Must have fins. Must have seat-belt/quad/belt to secure rider to seat.

Helmets and Wetsuits are recommended when paddling waveski.

Final Safety Note

The event competition committee retains the right to disqualify any craft, if its shape is deemed dangerous and disallow any other equipment that does not meet the competition committee’s interpretation of the rules and its equipment specifications.

The event committee retains the right to disqualify or enforce sanctions on any persons they feel to be pushing the rules too far, being un-sportsmanlike, etc.

Organisers will endeavour to choose an appropriate venue where a PaddleSurf event can be held. Due to the nature of the sport, safety cannot be guaranteed.

Danger areas must be stressed clearly at the briefing.

Reasonable and adequate first aid provisions must be available at each event.

If conditions warrant, the organiser in consultation with the PaddleSurf Committee may alter the venue on the day of the event.

The PaddleSurf Committee or organiser retain to right to cancel an event if they feel there is a genuine risk to participating competitors, only after all alternatives have been exhausted.

It is the event organisers responsibility to ensure all participants are accounted for and off the water after each heat.

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The competition is limited to 80 individual competitors ,currently there are 37 competitors.

Long Boat (IC Surf Kayak)


Position Name
1 KEYES, Eoin
2 LAMONT, Mathew
3 Dessie McGlinchey
5 COYNE, Anthony
7 LYNCH, Meabh
8 Aisling Griffin
9 GAMBLE, Jamie
10 CRONIN, Shane
11 WALSH, Darragh
12 O BRIEN, Jamie
13 O'DRISCOLL, Conor
14 Richard Greaves
15 JOHNSON , Rowan
16 WALSH, bernard
17 Gerry O'Driscoll

Short Boat (HP Surf Kayak)


Position Name
1 KEYES, Eoin
2 MCDYRE, Kieran
3 BARRY, Michael
5 LYNCH, Meabh
6 LAMONT, Mathew
7 CRONIN, Shane
8 GAMBLE, Jamie
9 O BRIEN, Jamie
10 RUSSELL, David
11 Richard Greaves
13 Aisling Griffin
14 O'DRISCOLL, Conor
16 JOHNSON , Rowan
17 YOUNG, Richard
18 WALSH, Darragh
20 COYNE, Anthony
21 WALSH, bernard
22 DORGAN, Alan
23 GAMBLE, Megan
24 TAYLOR, mark

Waveski (Wave Ski)


Position Name
3 LYNCH, Meabh
4 BARRY, Michael
6 DAVIES, Kieron
7 MCCANN, Marty
8 TAYLOR, mark
9 SLEVIN, Colm
10 DESPREZ, Guillaume
11 O BRIEN, Jamie
13 RUSSELL, David
14 LAMONT, Andrew