Barefoot Wine Expression Session in association with Billabong
The water is going to be just as hot as the music this year with Ireland’s largest cash prize in surfing on offer. Barefoot Wines have pulled out all the corks to get behind the landmark ‘Expression Session’ event which is the only surf competition in Ireland to be sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Europe.
The Barefoot Wine Expression Session in association with Billabong will see the top surfers of Europe eyeing up the cash prize and taking each other on in a ‘best move wins’ viewer-friendly format. Prize fund includes 3,000 Euro total prize purse for the overall winner, as well as an 11 day surf cruise worth 2,200 Euro in sun-drenched North Sumatra for best Irish surfer. Go to www.tradewindadventures.com for more information.
Last year the Expression Session was the first speciality event ASP Europe endorsed in Ireland or the UK, and saw the best of Europe pitted against the best in Ireland and the UK. It’s a testament to the quality of the event that’s staged here in Bundoran and also the quality of the waves in the area that it’s happening again this year” said festival organiser and co-owner of Bundoran Surf Co. Pete Craig. “The format is simple; the best move/wave depending on conditions wins the heat, simple as.
Once again, this invite only event will further cement Ireland’s place as one of the world’s best surfing destinations whilst giving exposure to some of the best surfers that ride its waves. The event will be mobile, with a three day waiting period from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July. The possible surf contest areas will include, Tullan Strand, The Peak, Inside left and Main Beach. The Expression Session is structured to allow it to run in two hours to maximise the chances of calling it when the best waves and tides occur. We will announce when the contest is ‘ON’ as soon as possible, so keep an eye on event screens and online for updates during the festival weekend.
The event will be videoed for all to see, and will be posted online. ASP Europe will be in attendance giving all the competing surfers a chance to gain recognition on the Continent. The Event has a limited entry and no entry on the day is allowed, so if you are interested in getting involved email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmed Surfers (to date)
Previous Expression Session winners Alan Stokes (Cornwall), and Cain Kilcullen (Co. Sligo) will this year be joined by Billabong Team rider Reubyn Ash (Cornwall) who is at the forefront of ariel surfing. More TBA.
Alan Stokes commenting on his 2011 win; “It is not a bad day’s work really,” laughed Stokes, “Stoked and really happy with the win. There were great waves in the end and it was good to have it on a wedge because it is high performance surfing and it all came good. It is my first trip to Bundoran, I love it and it is great. Guinness and waves I can do airs on is as good as it can get for me.
Retro Surf Event
A ‘retro event’ will take place on the Saturday of the Sea Sessions weekend, which will be open to all surfers and more based on style than explosive moves. We will aim to find the most graceful surfer, as the surf craft of choice will be 60’s and 70’s inspired boards. It will be a fun-filled event with lots of spot prizes from Barefoot Wine and Billabong. Entry is limited, so if you want to get involved email email@example.com.
Sea Sessions on Tour
Sea Sessions has for the first time hit the road to bring the party, tunes and our ‘surf contest’ to cities and surf towns around Ireland. The tour kicked off in Galway’s Roisin Dubh on Friday April 13th, with Crazy P. After that we headed north to The Black Box in Belfast (April 21st), with a performance from Fujiya & Miyagi, supported by Choice Prize nominee Tieranniesaur.
The May bank holiday weekend will see two events deep in the roots of Irish surfing; one ‘Retro Event’ in West Cork at Garretstown with our local partners Incide surf shop, and an ‘Expression Session’ in the epicentre of surfing in the West – Lahinch. The evening festivities will see Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser) hit the decks at The Market Bar in Kinsale on Saturday 5th May, and in O’Looneys Bar in Lahinch the following night.
Top prize at both Cork and Lahinch surf contests is €500. The Lahinch event will also have up for grabs a wild card entry in to the Sea Session ASP Europe speciality event, Emerald Surfwear (Irish surf brand) packs for all finalists and Sea Sessions weekend passes for best air (surf maneuver).
Cork – The Red Bull Dodge will be on hand to provide tunes and Barefoot Wines will be organising a beach clean up and supplying some wine tasting for those of us old enough. To register for the ‘Retro Surf Comp’ email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lahinch – While the Sea Sessions Barefoot Wine Expression Session in association with Billabong is invite-only, there’s a chance for surfers to take part through the ‘Tour’ event in Lahinch, Co. Clare, organised by our local partners Emerald Surfwear. The winner here will be guaranteed a wild-card entry in to the “invite-only” ASP Europe – Barefoot Wine Expression Session being held over the Sea Sessions weekend.
Confirmed surfers and heat sheet for the Lahinch Expression Sessions – Heat 1: Cain Killcullen, Conor Maguire, Stephen Kelleher, Oisin McGrath, Cian Gagney. Heat 2: Stephen Kilfeather, Cian Logue, Andy Byrne, Gearoid McDaid, Neil Acheson. Heat 3: Andrew Mennie, Damien Conway, Ronan Ortezan, James Monoghan, Donough Cronin. Heat 4: Aaron Reid, Hugh Galloway, Darren Toomey, Cillian Ryan, Alec Frazer.
The Surfers Village will this year have its home at the now world famous ‘The Peak’ surf break, which in 2011 hosted the European Surfing Championships. Expect a mixture of food, shopping and displays to keep you entertained throughout the weekend as some of your favourite brands show off their wares.
Sea Sessions 2012 will again cater for the action sports fan with the return of the Skate and BMX displays. The crowd will not be left disappointed as the cream of extreme sports performers will wow and thrill spectators with the Adrenaline State High Octane BMX and Stunt Bike Display. ‘Adrenaline State’ brings the Ultra Dynamic Adrenaline Mash-Up to Sea Sessions this year. The multi-discipline biking spectacle will feature some of Europe’s best BMX, stunt and trials biking riders. Their playground will be an elaborate purpose-built course that includes anything from mashed-up cars and industrial electric spools, to ramp and kicker madness. Let the fun begin!