It was that time of year again! clifden beach party hit off on saturday morning with a flatwater workshop for people who wanted to work on their flatwater moves and advance even more , we split up into 3 groups each group was split into skill so we had the paddlers who were just getting there squirts to paddlers who were finishing their flatwater loops! , it was great to see so many different people out on the water . who said freestyle was dead in ireland. After the workshop the hole was due to be up soon so we headed up for the flatwater competition which was great fun for everyone . i finished up first with Brian Cahill and Barry Loughnanne just behind me in second and third place .After the hole started to pick up everyone had hit the eddy which was jam packed with people we all had our practice runs for the day and headed back towards the campsite for some grub and TLC.
The Beach Party was next but the weather was not on our side and only the brave ventured outside the tent. the next day we had a quick brief about the competition which was for the IFS league and trials for the Euros 2012 .I was in one of the biggest classes junior mens in which was some great paddlers like the sluice crew and the locals. we had 15 minute jam sessions which suited everyone and made it alot more fun in the eddy . in the end i finished first with conor macken and ciaran martin just behind me.
all in all it was a great event a one that will have to be done again.