August bank holiday weekend saw the Clifden Beach party rodeo weekend return after a break,
This year was set to be bigger and better with 45 people in attendance,Thank has to go to team paddlers Billy, Bowsie and Barry giving flat-water coaching clinics on a wild windy salt lake, this was followed by a small flat-water competition and a 45 person long eddy queue for the evening hole session.
The Evening beach party was a little washed out but as always the Galway crew made themselves a party under the cover of the IFS tent with bottles of Bucky and anything else they could find.
Sunday saw a slow start to the day with most people opting to hide away from the rain in search of warmth and food.
The comp kicked off Sunday afternoon with a large tide due,
We ran he event as 15minute jam sessions a format favoured by most as it gives time to really work the score sheet.
Off went the heats with big loops and flurries of ends right up until the tide changed when we ran a quick inflatable comp, this was won by Orky and his Airplane off the bridge. The Heats restarted with the Expert men, unfortunately the timing was slightly out as we spent 15 minutes getting eaten by the hole we were followed by another expert heat which as the hole died saw big rides from both Barry and Bowsie to see them take 1st and 2nd spot in the comp, other winners included
Expert Men – Barry Loughnane
Masters – Garvan Smith
Sport Men – Lee Doherty
Sport Women – Caoimhe Farrell
Junior Men – Billy Brett
Flat-water – Billy Brett
A special mention has to go out to Mairead Barnwell for finishing 2nd in the masters a great performance, well done!
Sunday saw clear sky's and the wind drop just in time for a nice BBQ on the beach,
Monday we decided to head to Oranmore to find out what all the fuss is about, a small tidal feature just outside Galway,
We were very impressed an extremely good spot! very jealous its not on the east coast!
Here's the Video