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04th Mar 2020

A three-day surfing festival is coming to Doolin this month

Sarah Finnan

Surfest returning to Doolin

Surf’s up, dudes.

Grab your wetsuits and head to Clare as the Doolin Surfest is set to return at the end of this month. Back for a second run, the festival celebrates the passion and talent of Ireland’s surfing community.

Classed as a surf, music and film festival, organisers have an exhilarating programme planned for the three-day event.

Activities on offer throughout the festival include bouldering, foraging, yoga, cliff walks, sea swims and pier jumps to name but a few. Not forgetting surfing of course. Food options will also be more than covered – ranging from BBQs to a surfer’s market as well as plenty of sustainably-inspired food creations.

With many of the events happening in the surrounds of Hotel Doolin, Ireland’s first carbon-neutral hotel, this year’s event will put the focus on sustainability. Festival-goers are encouraged to partake in beach clean-ups at Doolin Pier and panel discussions on ocean health.

Speaking of Surfest, General Manager of Hotel Doolin, Donal Minihane said:

“Our ethos as a hotel is a sustainable one and now that we are recognised as one of few carbon-neutral premises in the country, we’re even more conscious of the responsibility we have to safeguard the beauty of this extraordinary environment around us.

Surfest is not only a celebration of surfing talent and the world-class surfing on offer here, but an opportunity for us to instil in our attendees our passion and respect for the ocean – a medium that inspires, heals, humbles and exhilarates.”

The festival will bring a close to a year’s worth of surfing by recognising some of the top surfing talent for their achievements.

Competitions director at Surfest, Clem McInerney, said:

“Ireland’s surf community is growing every year and surfing is an incredibly important contributor to our tourism economy so Doolin Surfest, now back for its second year, is certainly becoming recognised as a highlight in water lover’s calendars.”

Other standout events throughout the festival include Q&As with a host of well-known international pro-surfers and athletes, live music and even a Wim Hof Method workshop with The Iceman himself.

Running from March 20th to 22nd, weekend tickets cost €59 for all activities (excluding Wim Hof workshop which is priced at €49.00).

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