It’s safe to say, the 2016 Summer Surf Clonakilty season is going great! We hope it is for you too…
Come surf Clonakilty with us! The weather and tides have been putting on some good conditions, enough for everybody to get some quality water time. We’ve been playing in the surf behind the shop at Inchydonney almost ever week. Last weekend saw great conditions for some wave riding there, while many of us have been getting some evening after work sessions on the Stand Up Paddle boards there too.
Stand up paddle boarding continues to capture the imagination of everyone. Inflatable SUP’s are most certainly here to stay for their ease of transport and storage, plus the performance is improving year on year. Inflatable technology is not getting so good that we’re now seeing performance inflatable windsurfing boards…the RRD AirWindSurf is leading the way here. Check out Robert Ricci testing it out…
The big trend in windsurfing this summer has been for the newer style of freeride board that is shorter, thinner and wider…such as the Starboard Atom IQ and RRD Firemove ( both pictured below). These offer earlier planing, better glide through lulls, a comparable top speed, but are also easier to gybe due to the thinner rails.
GoPro cameras are back! There was a distribution change with GoPro in Ireland and the UK, which took place since the summer of 2015! We’re delighted to announce that GoPro have shortlisted bigsurfshop as an authorised retailer! We had to meet tight GoPro requirements….a quality brand such as GoPro must be represented by a quality retailer…thats us! Keep an eye HERE for when the new stock arrives.
We’ve just uploaded a selection of cheaper surf boards….making it even easier to come surf Clonakilty with us! 🙂 If you’re looking to start into surfing, then something here may well be worth a look. Some need some TLC, some are ready for waves…something to suit all budgets. We suggest getting one of them wet while the warm weather is still here! Check the used boards out HERE, and also our NEW BOARDS.
Of course you can’t really enjoy the colder Irish waters without a good wetsuit. We’ve had so many parents call in to our shop with complaints of their kids being cold. Beware of the cheap wetsuits flooded onto the market by both chain stores, and from cheaper brands. We only stock quality wetsuits that are fit for purpose and that will keep kids warm. We’ve had great feedback on the Gul Response 5/3mm wetsuits and the RipCurl Omega 5/3mm kids wetsuits…both in terms of fit and performance. We encourage to not skimp on your kids protection.
And not to forget the ‘grown ups’ also! For the girls, the RipCurl G-Bomb colourways this year are gorgeous…check them out HERE. And best value for the guys has to be the Dawn Patrol 5/3mm’s HERE…the new colours in these have been going very well.
Ahead of the upcoming winter, if you’re shopping for some boots, do check out the new RipCurl Rubber Soul. These will be very good for multi sport use…they promise to be super warm given smooth skin exterior finish, and should be nice for strapped boarding as they’ve no over arch strap to get stuck in your footstrap.
Before we sign off, it’s worth mentioning about our new Black Project Stand Up Paddle boarding paddles. We took in a batch to see what they were like…guys, you gotta come check them out. The 2-piece models have a superb join mechanism, while the handles give a confident grip and quality feel. And that’s not even going into detail about the build, materials, designs of light weight! We’ll have these uploaded soon to the website, but call us about them if you’re upgrading your paddle…they’re well worth a look.
Finally, a big well done to all who raced at the Downings windsurfing competition in July…amazing location, amazing race event. Pearse took a selfie from the podium and the resulting photo was great…enjoy this and your summer! Don’t forget to come surf Clonakilty with us!