The 8:20:1 Sandman Challenge is Tramore’s newest sporting event combining the now classic Baldyman Beach Race with a stiff 20km road cycle capped off by a 1km dart up and down the Promenade. Don’t miss being part of the action.
The Sandman has emerged as a result of Michael Flynn, the organiser of the Baldyman Beach Race and Martin Cullinane, Manager of the T-Bay Surf Centre wishing to create a summer event that embraces sport, fitness and good health, together with the fantastic natural amenities of Tramore Beach, the Sand Dunes and the beautiful surrounding countryside.
All proceeds from the Sandman will go to local charities. The inaugural event will support The Arch Club in Tramore who provide a social outlet for people with special needs and respite for parents and families of special needs children and adults.
The format of the Sandman is a beach run followed by a road cycle and finishing with a run on the promenade. The event is open to all over the age of 16 and will cater for individuals and teams of two or three. For teams of 2 the runner will complete the first and third leg, for teams of 3 each person will complete a leg each. It is hoped that runners and cyclists of all levels will team up and participate in whatever combination. Where there is a team of two the runner must run both the 8km and the 1km legs.
This is an ideal event for mixed teams where the emphasis is on participation and achievement. There will be prizes for individuals and team categories. Entry fee is €25 per person or €40 per team including chip timing. There will be a barbeque and music on completion! More details later.
Registration and Prize giving will be at the T-Bay Centre. Pre-race Day entry will be online. Facebook page will be live this week.
Michael and Martin are extending a challenge to all those out running and cycling everyday to take on the Sandman and test yourself in this unique event. Set a PB Time that no one else in the world will have!
M&M hope that all their friends in Athletic clubs and Tri-clubs in Waterford will help to establish the Sandman as a must do event in the sunny Southeast by encouraging all their members to enter.
See you all on the 11th May. Race starts at 11am. Registration at T-Bay from 9:30am.
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The T-Bay Approach to learning to Surf
The T-Bay Surf & Eco Centre offers the most comprehensive surfing lesson available in Ireland. No other surf school can offer the facilities or the passion for teaching surfing here in Tramore or anywhere else for that matter. Our facilities are the best in Ireland and provide you with a safe, convenient (the only surf school right on the beach in Tramore), and comfortable environment from which to begin your surfing oddysey!
Our aim is to provide you or your group with an initial surf lesson that gives such a solid foundation that it should be all you need to continue on and become a proficient Surfer through good old fashioned practice.
Begninners Surfing Lesson: 2 1/2 hours in duration and is broken up into 2 distinct segments:
Surf Talk (1/2 hour) – Before anything else, we provide our surfers with an in-depth understanding of basic water safety, ocean awareness, equipment usage, and surfing techniques (entering/exiting the water, paddling, standing or “popping” up on a surfboard). We utilize our media room for this portion of your lesson with white-board, video, and surf equipment to assist in your understanding of the basic principles of Surfing. Techniques are practiced indoors on mock equimpment to ensure that you have a “feel” for the techniques taught to you.
Surf Session (2 hours)
Next step is to “Suit and Boot”, and its out to the Surf to begin your adventure! All of our Surf Instructors are fully qualified by the ISA (Irish Surfing Association), and will guide you and teach you great Surfing tips while in the water. When your session is over, if you still feel like surfing, or want to come in for a break and go back out again, as long as the Instructor deems you to be safe in the water, we will allow you to retain the equipment and keep on Surfing until you are completely out of gas! (Children who wish to stay out and surf more must be cleared for safety by the instructor and accompanied by an adult while in the water).
Frequently asked Questions regarding Surf Lessons:
Do I need to know how to swim?
Though the ability to swim will be necessary to advance in surfing, it is not required for a surf lesson. All surf lessons take place in no more than waist depth water (beginner waves being in this range of depth).
How difficult is it to Surf Tramore Beach?
Tramore beach is an outstanding place to surf for people of all levels and abilities. This is due to the fact that the beach itself has a very shallow gradient going out to sea. What this means is that there are no steep drop-offs (depth-wise), and therefore, the currents are very mild and predictable, thus making it very safe for beginners. The second advantage of a shallow beach is that it picks up loads of waves and creates several surf “zones” to suit different levels of surfers. Waves on the “inside” zone are small and manageable for pure beginners. Waves breaking in the “middle” zone suit intermediate surfers trying to challenge themselves further. Waves breaking on the “outside” zone are suitable for more advanced surfers. So, whichever you prefer…..there is always a safe wave for you to ride at T-Bay!
What do I need to bring?
All you need bring is togs and towel. The Centre provides you with all of the equipment you will need to enjoy your surfing experience.
Will I need more than one surf lesson?
The T-Bay Surf Centre prides itself on giving the most comprehensive surf lesson of any other school in the country. Our aim is to give you the tools you need to be able to go out and take up surfing on your own after your lesson here.
How much does a lesson cost?
Pricing varies depending on lesson type, group size, or specific needs. We look after our surfers and have priced our lessons (and facilities) to give them the best possible experience for their value. Where surf schools are concerned….never were truer words spoken than…”you get what you pay for”! If you are looking for quality instruction…to really learn how to surf…..and have great craic doing it…..this is the only place to be.
Where is the Centre Located ? We are directly accross from the beach adjacent to the Lifegaurd hut that is situated at the end of the promenade. Just look for the sky blue circular building….you can’t miss us!!!
What if I need advanced instruction ?
We do have occasional requests for this from people who have already been surfing up to intermediate levels and are simply having difficulty getting to the next level they desire to. Or perhaps they have gotten new equipment and are not getting comfortable with the feel of a new (or different) surfboard, or a variance of surf conditions. For those people, we do offer a PROGRESSIVE LESSON. This lesson will review your own technique and critique and progress you from what you are “doing right now”. These lessons are more in-depth regarding surf theory, and usage of specific board types, etc. Our senior instructors have decades of surfing experience and most have surfed world-wide….they have learned from the best….and..made all the mistakes themselves! This helps them to relate concepts & ideas, and of course…share the stoke of striving to be the best surfer you can be out there in the water!
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Ecology at T-Bay & Eco Centre
The T-Bay Surf & Eco Centre dedicates itself not only to surf instruction and surf etiquette, but also to ecological awareness and responsibility. The Centre is situated right in the middle of 4 distinct ecological zones,as well as nationally designated areas of protection which make it a perfect starting point for Eco Hikes in the area.
Designated Areas – The Backstrand & Dune Area of Tramore Bay enjoys three distinct area designations :
- “Special Aarea of Protection” for a variety of migratory and indiginous bird species that inhabit the area.
- “Special Area of Conservation” to protect fish, shellfish, fauna and water quality that tie in as food systems and habitat for bird and aquatic life.
- “National Heritage Area” established for preservation of the Neolithic Midden (Kitchen), once home to Neolithic Man within the Dune system.
Depending on preference and tide, your group might go out to learn about and experience one of the four following Environs unique to Tramore Bay :
Dune System :
Each environment exhibits its own unique characteristics as well as flora, fauna, geology and wildlife and leaves the Eco Hiker with a greater understanding and appreciation of the complex and fragile environments that are often taken for granted. Eco Hikes can be done in a casual “walk & talk” method, or a more formal “interactive” method depending on your group needs and/or criteria.
Weather on the coast is highly variable. It is suggested that your “dress for the day” on all Eco Hikes. Comfortable Shoes (that you don’t mind getting wet) and proper clothing for the day is suggested. “Weatherproof/Windbreaker” jackets are optimal, and sunscreen is recommended.
Eco Hikes are geared towards groups of 10 or more.
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5 Pillars: Multi-Activity Day
T-Bay Surf & Eco Centre has developed a highly interactive and educational package for Primary/Secondary age School Children. Our Philosophy is to promote Mutual respect, as well as respect for the environment, through the fun sport of Surfing! In addition, students will explore and learn from the interesting Natural Environment that is unique to the Tramore beach region.
Named after the legendary 5 Pillars that stand vigil over Tramore Bay’s Brownstown and Newtown headlands, our day Programme for school children focuses on 5 key Pillars of knowledge. These are the key concepts we want our kids to take home with them after their day-long experience.
Safety, Respect, and Environmental Responsibility
All beach going activity should begin and end based on these solid foundations. Therefore, our trained instructors teach children about water safety through being aware of the ocean environment, tides, currents, crowded surfing conditions, as well as the ‘buddy principle” which is strictly adhered to at all times. Respect for the Centre, and others is discussed and expected at all times.
Finally, Children are specifically taught to pack or deposit all rubbish in bins. Maintaining a clean environment for others is mandatory at T-Bay Surf & Eco Centre.
Under the tutelage and supervision of our trained Surf Instructors, children will discover the joys of surfing and maybe a little about there own capabilities in a new and challenging environment. In keeping with our foundation of Safety, the children will first be provided indoor instruction in the rudiments of surfing.
This will include a thorough explanation of all aspects of surfing equipment, basic surfing techniques, and water safety & etiquette (yes; it exists!).In addition, the children will participate in some brief indoor training procedures to insure that they understand the concepts and principles being taught to them.
Adding to the fun, brief clips of surfing footage will be shown depicting kids of all ages participating in the fun and healthy pursuit of surfing.Once the indoor workshop is completed, its time to suit the kids up (all wetsuits and boards are provided), and go for a surf!
* Surf Instructor/ child ratio is 1/8 (ISA standard). No child is without supervision at any time in the water.
* All Surfers will “buddy up” when crossing to the shoreline, or entering/returning to/from the water.
* At T-Bay Surf & Eco Centre, Safety is #1. Instructor’s directions will be strictly adhered to at all times.
* Children will not venture further than waist depth for safe surfing.
* Participants Need: Swimsuits, Towel, and a readiness to have fun!
With our on-site ecologists sharing their passion of Tramore’s unique coastal environs, the children will come away with a concept of the importance of environmental conservation and protection that must be ingrained if they are to grow to enjoy beach activities while preserving its’ beauty for generations to come.
Once again, the children will begin this activity with an Eco talk. In this talk, the children will be made aware of the environment they are about to venture into. This discussion is designed to heighten their respect for the fragile dune system, and give them a greater appreciation for the flora, fauna, and wild-life that they may encounter along the way.
Once the Eco talk is completed, it’s time to get the kids out for a bit of exercise!
* Instructor to child ratio on Eco walk is 1/15. Teachers are encouraged to participate.
* No child is to leave rubbish anywhere/anytime in this nationally designated (SPA) Special Protected Area.
* Children are strictly expected to pack their rubbish and deposit in bins when participating at T-bay.
* Participants Need: Warm clothes, and a Light Rain Jacket and good hiking footwear/runners.
It can’t all be about learning. Some of it has to be for pure fun. After all, it’s great to be a kid! With that in mind, our day programme includes a portion dedicated purely for (structured) games amongst the children.
Our staff have years of experience working in the outdoor pursuits, as well as adventure centre fields. That expertise provides the instructors with a complete array of fun games for the children to enjoy.
Emphasizing laughter and fun, all kids are equalized in these interactive games.
* Games are designed to promote team-work, acceptance, and participation amongst all children involved.
* Everyone walks away a winner!
As part of our highly committed focus to promote respect for both people and the environment through the joys of surfing/eco hiking/games, our 5 Pillars of learning programme ends with a comprehensive review session to round out our time together.
During this review, the instructors and children gather together to enjoy an interactive discussion. In this review/discussion, the children themselves are encouraged to speak out themselves as to what they have gained and learned from the day’s experience.
* All children are encouraged to interact during review, ensuring that their views and ideas are heard.
We also offer certificate’s for the following:
Surfing- Level 1-3
A brief outline and course for Surfing & Ocean Awareness. ISA (Irish Surfing Association) approved.
CPR - Basic CPR & Rescuscitation
Basic outline and course utilizing CPR/Rescusitation dolls for training. RLSS approved.
Surfing is a unique sport in that it is done in all types of weather throughout the year. Modern wetsuits and booties provide excellent warmth so that the surfer can concentrate on having fun rather than worrying about the elements. We even add surf hoods and gloves to the mix should they be required for further warmth and protection. All surfers who come to the T-Bay Surf & Eco Centre to participate in surfing as an activity are properly “suited and booted” to provide for both comfort and safety while enjoying the water. All equipement is provided and participants only need bring togs and towels for surfing. Warm showers and Hot drinks from the shop await those as a reward for their adventure! For Eco Hikes, please have students “dress for the day”.
Your group has the option to pack lunches, or lunch can be provided for your group at 5 euro per person. If a late afternoon snack is desired, an additional 2 euro cost per person will be added to the total.
TIMES & SCHEDULES:
Time of arrival or departure, as well as daily timetable will be discussed and can be tailored to your needs.
Time at T-Bay Surf & Eco Centre for activities generally will occur between 10am to 4:30pm. Your group is encouraged to arrive at 9:30am to orientate.
Thank you for considering T-Bay Surf & Eco Centre for your Children’s development. We hope that parents and teachers alike will see positive rhetoric, as well as behaviour result from their child spending a day at the beach with T-Bay Surf & Eco Centre. We encourage both teachers and parents to stop by and look at our facility which is the only purpose built Surf & Eco Centre in the country.
Please call in and we would be happy to show you around.