Got the programme details for the surf and sea festival and thought id post them- all the events on the sunday are free! looks good.
Programme Announcement for Oceanics Surf and Sea Festival
The first ever annual Surf and Sea Festival will take place from on the 20th and 21st of September and will host a full programme of activities for a ladies only surf weekend and a full family day on the Sunday 21st September in Tramore, Co Waterford.
The weekend will kick off with registration for the limited places available for the ladies surf weekend which includes two surf lessons, Pilate’s instruction and Indian Head massage along with entertainment and the opportunity to show off your skills with an expression session on Saturday 20th of September at Oceanics Surf School Tramore.
On Sunday 21st of September the day will be filled with family fun activities open to all for free. From 11am to 1pm Beach Volleyball will take place on Tramore Beach from 11am to 12.30pm there will be a Skaters Demo in the Tramore Skate Park. Also from 11am to 1pm a free Guided Beach Walk to the Sand Dunes will Depart Oceanics Surf School
From 11am to 4pm there will be ½ price Surf Equipment Hire from T-Bay Surf Centre. From 12pm to 3pm a Kite Making Workshop will take place at the Pavilion while a Kite Surfing Demonstration will also take place on Tramore Beach.
From 1pm to 4pm ½ price rides on the Amusements at the Tramore Amusement & Leisure Park will be available. From 1pm to 3pm Rock-pools Exploring tours will Depart Oceanics Surf School.
A Martial Arts demonstration will take place on Tramore beach from 1pm to 3pm, at the same time the Lifeguard Rookies demonstration will take place on Tramore Beach.
A Seaweed workshop focusing on the many uses of Sea Weed will take place from 1.30pm to 3pm Oceanics Surf School tasting, cooking with and identification of seaweed will be included, this will be held by Ecologist Grace O’Sullivan.
At 2pm to 3.15pm the RNLI and Tramore Cliff and Mountain Rescue Team will demonstrate their skills on Tramore beach. Following the demos at 3.15pm a not to be missed local ecologist and Historian give a talk at the pavilion.
At 4pm the festival closing ceremony along the Promenade in Tramore will take place, this links back to a tradition circa 1920 in Tramore where the ladies who worked the ‘Bathing Boxes’ on the beach for the season always held a festival at the close of season on ‘Michaelmas Day’ – they celebrated the end of season by making and carrying seaweed dolls around the town and then later throwing them into the sea, this tradition will be revived by the Surf and Sea Festival 2008, where on Sunday at the festival close a parade along the Tramore promenade with a sea weed doll will take place and then will be then thrown into the sea just like our seaside ancestors did nearly 100 years ago at 4pm on Sunday 21st of September. All are welcome to join in the parade which departs the Lifeguard station at 4pm.
Michaelmas Day denotes an equinox and change of season, surfing conditions in Ireland improve in the autumn / winter season so not only will this celebration close the summer season but it will also begin a whole new season for surfing.”
Further information on the festival and tickets for the Women’s surf weekend are available from 051 390 944 or www.oceanics.ie
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Surf and Sea Festival, Tramore is generously supported by the ISA, Avonmore, Tubes Surf Shop, Quish’s Supervalu, The Reef, Tramore Surf Shop, The Vic, Party Hire, Clem Jacob, Failte Ireland and Surferz Surf Shop.