Last weekend, I got an email from TurfnSurf.ie in Bundoran telling me about a beach party that they are holding in August to raise funds for a township building programme in South Africa. Earlier in the year, surfers from the East coast of Ireland took part in a fund raising drive to raise awareness and money for people who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis and on August 11th S.I.R.F will hold its annual fundraising paddle in Strandhill to support its school building project in Indonesia. In fact, they are presently building their third kindergarten. Its a long way from the popular image of the lazy, drugged up, selfish, stoopid surfer as immortalised by Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) in 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High" and surfing is all the better for it.
2003 - Witnness 2003, a comprehensive review by Brian Kelly of the 2 days of what transpired to be the last ever Witnness festival (in 2004 it was rebranded as Oxegen when Heineken stepped into the sponsor shoes).