THE BEST OF BARRY BRIT­TON

ONE OF IRE­LAND'S TRUE SURF­ING LEG­ENDS HAS A NEW BOOK OUT. IT IS PRETTY SPE­CIAL.

Carve - - CONTENTS - FORE­WORD STEVE ENG­LAND ART­WORK BARRY BRIT­TON

One of the bedrocks of the Ir­ish surf scene: the le­gend that is Easkey’s dad!

If you know any­thing about Ir­ish surf­ing, you will know the Brit­ton clan of Ross­nowl­agh. Brian was a key player in or­gan­is­ing con­tests and Ir­ish surf­ing for many years be­fore he passed away last year. Wil­lie, a no­table charger and pi­o­neer, Barry, fa­ther of Easkey and Bec has pretty much been the boss at the Peak since the '60s. His soul surf­ing out­look has some­times put him at odds with his brother Brian, but they never let it get in the way of a surf or a pint. His art is phe­nom­e­nal. Af­ter de­sign­ing a poster for the Ross­nowl­agh In­ter­coun­ties surf­ing con­test (a con­test his fa­ther in­vented to get rid of his ho­tel's beer at the end of the sea­son), he went on to draw a Pipe Masters and Hawai­ian Triple Crown poster, plus many oth­ers in­clud­ing folk mu­sic fes­ti­vals. He has new book out fea­tur­ing his art and the sto­ries be­hind them. Here is a lit­tle taster. If you love Ire­land, surf­ing and cre­ativ­ity, you need this book. The in­va­sion cometh 1985 (op­po­site) Prob­a­bly the most pop­u­lar poster I have ever pro­duced … I wasn’t look­ing for­ward to the thrall of for­eign surfers who would come over to in­vade my favourite breaks once word got out through the con­test what fan­tas­tic surf we have here in Ire­land. How­ever, I wasn’t to know then that the in­va­sion was to come from within. From the mid'90s on our na­tion­wide surf­ing boom. It be­came cool to surf?

Barry, king of the Peak

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