Learner surfers make waves at sea fest
SCORES of surfers made a splash at the fourth annual seaside festival in Tramore, Co Waterford, at the weekend.
Tramore beach has become popular with those who want to learn the basics of surfing before they head west, where the waves are less forgiving.
"We're very accessible with the new road, it's a fantastic place to learn.
"If you're an expert surfer, you'll only come here if the forecasts are for a pump and swell," said Martin Cullinane from T-bay surf school.
The waves in Tramore are ideal for learners as hundreds discovered for the first time on Saturday.
Festival organiser Linda Tuohy from Oceanics surf school said the south-east beach was the "best place in the country to learn". "It's flat, there are no dips in it, no rips, no rocks, we have nice soft rolling waves and you won't get the full force of an Atlantic swell."
She added: "A lot of Tramore surfers become Irish champions because when you transfer, you are paddle fit and you're ready."
The festival included various events celebrating the Tramore's relationship with the sea, its coastal environs and tourism.