Junior League Starts back Sunday 27th April
Junior league Info and Tips
Junior league info and tips
Junior League 2014 starts back Sunday 27th April and will run for 10 weeks.
Membership forms have to be filled in by everybody inc lifetime members(for ISA dues…€15) prior to startup. No memberships taken on the day! Download membership forms above or pickup at surf centre. We have a drop box to collect all forms at centre.
Last years Junior League 2013 Final Day
Sunday 23 June 2013, International Surfing Day, was celebrated in style by the T-Bay Surf Club in Tramore, the largest surf club in Ireland. It coincided with the final day of Spring Series of the Doolys Junior Surf League which T-Bay and it’s large team of volunteer coaches has been running since late March this year.
The surf conditions on the day were testing with a 2/3 foot swell and very strong offshore winds from the North West. Nevertheless over 170 inveterate young surfers braved these difficult conditions with their usual enthusiasm and enjoyment.
The Junior League is divided into seven levels with under 12 and over 12 at each level and caters for a wide range of skills and abilities. These include the youngest Level 1 (White) group who deserve special mention for their incredible commitment through near Arctic conditions at the beginning of the season, to this last session where their obvious enthusiasm and surfing ability was exciting to observe. The Level 6 (Orange / Blue) all girl surfers have improved dramatically over this series and are really putting pressure on the Academy surfers (level 7) who should be looking anxiously over their shoulders when the next Surf Contests take place.
The Academy is a tight knit group of young surfers who are being hot-housed by coaches Pat Cunningham and Hugh O’Brien Moran. Some of these have launched themselves onto the National and International surf stage and we expect to see a number more making a name for themselves in upcoming surf contests. Many of these are going to represent Ireland at a European event in Portugal in July.
This end of Series event was marked by a prize giving with all the young surfers getting the new ‘retro’ T-Bay tee-shirt. There were individual prizes given as follows ; Academy Girls : Rachael Moore, and Holly Widger. Academy Boys; Samuel Moore, and David Hartley. Level 6 ; Evan Trainor. Level 5 ; Patrick Cooke. Level 4 ; Bill Condon. Level 3 ; Jake Smith. Level 2 ; Hugo Deegan. Level 1 ; Sarah Grace Breen.
In keeping with community spirit associated with T-Bay Surf Club there was a Bar-B-Que to celebrate the final day with the proceeds going towards the purchase of a defibrillator for T-Bay Club House. The event was sponsored by Doolys Fish & Chips and drinks were provided by Vit Hit. The Bar-B-Que and event itself could not have happened without the voluntary services of Pat Hartley, his team of volunteers and all those who assisted on the Day.
The Junior Surf League will return in the autumn when the T-Bay crew of over 25 volunteer coaches, and a dedicated team of helpers, will once again put these budding young surfers through a carefully structured and organised system of surf sessions and contests.read more
T-Bay Junior Contest 12/13th April
Hosted by the T-Bay Surf Club, this is the second of three selection event for the 2014 Irish Junior Surf Team to compete at Eurojuniors 2014 in the Azores and the second of four Irish Junior Surfing Championships Tour events to crown our 2014 junior champions.
The following categories will be included- U18 Boys, U18 Girls, U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U14s, U12s, U18 Longboard, U18 Boys Bodyboard and U16 Bodyboard. Registration will take place at 9am at T-bay surf centre. Competition to start at 10am. Entry fee €10. ISA membership card essential.read more
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!
Call us at 051-391-297 or click here to book a lesson and begin your surfing adventure today!read more
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.
To Book your group, please call: 051-391-297 or click hereread more