THE SANDY beaches of Brittas Bay resembled something out of a Californian surf movie over the weekend as clear skies and bright suns greeted Ireland’s top lifeguards as they battled it out for the National Surf Lifesaving Championships.
It certainly proved a worthwhile event for the Wicklow team as the men won the overall surf award and picked up the prestigious Presidents Prize for the first time.
Over 400 competitors from all over Ireland took part in the two day event including teams from Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway and Kerry. However, most of the spectators saved their cheers for the Wicklow participants.
Organised and run by the Wicklow Water Safety/Surf Lifesaving Club, the event was fortunate enough to coincide with some good weather for a change.
The championship also aimed to develop the lifesaving skills of youngsters and encourage their involvement in the sport.
Some of the events making up the championship included surf races where competitors swim around a 400 metre course before returning to shore, and a rescue tube mission involving a rescue swimmer heading out to sea and securing a rescue tube to a patient.
A number of individual honours were collected by members of the Wicklow Water Safety/Lifesaving Club but the biggest honour of all arrived when the men were presented with the President’s Prize for the first time in the clubs history having managed the best pool and surf points.
The triumphant team consisted of brothers John and Scott Morton, Aidan Maguire, Greg Duffy, Joe Crosson and Patrick Costello.
Wicklow Water Safety/Surf Lifesaving Club’s ‘Nippers’ getting ready for the championships at Brittas Bay.
Grattan and Finian Neville enjoy the day.
Katie and Linda O Neill from the Wicklow Water Safety/Surf Lifesaving Club.
Aoife Fitzpatrick and Joan Morton.
Joe Crossan and Aidan Maguire, members of the victorious Wicklow mens team.