Surf Returns to Sea Sessions

SURF history will be made once again in Ireland when award-winning Co. Donegal festival Sea Sessions, hosts the UK and Irelands only Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Europe speciality event on June 29th, 30th & July 1st.

The water is going to be just as hot as the music this year with Ireland's largest cash prize in surfing on offer. Barefoot Wines have pulled out all the corks to get behind the landmark 'Expression Session' event which is the only surf competition in Ireland to be sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Europe. Sea Sessions 2012 promises to be this year's biggest beach party, jam-packed with exciting activities and pumping tunes, all in the surrounds of beautiful Bundoran, Co. Donegal!

HISTORY REPEATED
The Barefoot Wine Expression Session in association with Billabong will see the top surfers of Europe eyeing up the cash prize and taking each other on in a 'best move wins' viewer-friendly format. Prize fund includes 3,000 Euro total prize purse for the overall winner, as well as an 11 day surf cruise worth 2,200 Euro with tradewindadventures.com in
sun-drenched North Sumatra for best Irish surfer.

"Last year the Expression Session was the first speciality event ASP Europe endorsed in Ireland or the UK, and saw the best of Europe pitted against the best in Ireland and the UK. It's a testament to the quality of the event that's staged here in Bundoran and also the quality of the waves in the area that it's happening again this year" said festival organiser and co-owner of Bundoran Surf Co. Pete Craig. "The format is simple; the best move/wave depending on conditions wins the heat, simple as." Once again, this invite only event will further cement Ireland's place as one of the world's best surfing destinations whilst giving exposure to some of the best surfers that ride its waves. The event will be mobile, with a three day waiting period from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July. The possible contest areas will include, Tullan Strand, The Peak, Inside left and Main Beach. The Expression Session is structured to allow it to run in two hours, to maximise the chances of calling it when the best waves and tides occur. We will announce when the event is 'ON' as soon as possible, so keep an eye on event screens and online for updates over the festival weekend.

The event will be videoed for all to see, and highlights will be posted online. ASP Europe will be in attendance giving the competing surfers a chance to gain recognition on the Continent. The Event has a limited entry and no entry on the day is allowed, so if you are interested in getting involved email seasessionssurf@gmail.com. Previous Expression Session winners Alan Stokes (Cornwall), and Cain Kilcullan (Co. Sligo) will this year be joined by Billabong Team rider Reubyn Ash (Cornwall) who is at the forefront of aerial surfing.

Alan Stokes commenting on his 2011 win; "It is not a bad day's work really," laughed Stokes, "Stoked and really happy with the win. There were great waves in the end and it was good to have it on a wedge because it is high performance surfing and it all came good. It is my first trip to Bundoran, I love it and it is great. Guinness and waves I can do airs on is as good as it can get for me."

RETRO SURF EVENT
A 'retro event' will take place on the Saturday of the Sea Sessions weekend, which will be open to all surfers and will be more based on style than explosive moves. We will aim to find the most graceful surfer, as the surf craft of choice will be 60's and 70's inspired boards. It will be a fun-filled event with lots of spot prizes from Barefoot Wine and Billabong.

Entry is limited, so if you want to get involved email seasessionssurf@gmail.com.

SURFERS VILLAGE
The Surfers Village will this year have its home at the now world famous 'The Peak' surf break, which in 2011 hosted the European Surfing Championships. Expect a mixture of food, shopping and displays to keep you entertained throughout the weekend as some of your favourite brands show off their wares.

FURTHER ACTIVITY
Sea Sessions 2012 will again cater for the action sports fan with the return of the Skate and BMX displays. The crowd will not be left disappointed as the cream of extreme sports performers will wow and thrill spectators with the Adrenaline State High Octane BMX and Stunt Bike Display. 'Adrenaline State' brings the Ultra Dynamic Adrenaline Mash-Up to Sea Sessions this year. The multi-discipline biking spectacle will feature some of Europe's best BMX, stunt and trials biking riders. Their playground will be an elaborate purpose-built course that includes anything from mashed-up cars and industrial electric spools, to ramp and kicker madness. Let the fun begin!

BEACH SPORTS
The beach soccer and tag rugby events are again being run by local clubs - Erne Wanderers and Ballyshannon Rugby Club. There is €500 prize money for the winning team up for grabs at both events. After last years action-packed games, team places are sure to be at a premium! Register your team or your team place now by emailing seasessionsbeachsports@gmail.com. We will also form two teams for people who are entering solo or that can't get a full team together. New addition this year will be a Beach Handball event. A clinic/exhibition match will run on the Saturday and a small competition on the Sunday. More details to follow soon!

BEACH OLYMPIC SPIRIT
Sea Sessions are celebrating Olympics year too - and you don't need to go near London! Bundoran's Main Beach and the powerful Atlantic Ocean will provide the perfect backdrop for the 2012 Sea Sessions Barefoot Wine Beach Olympics. It will be held across the weekend with a number of Olympic events. There will be lots of spot prizes for those taking part. More information to follow, so get practicing and you could be crowned the Ultimate Sea Sessions 2012 Olympian!

Weekend tickets for Sea Sessions 2012 are just €88.50. Day tickets Fri/Sat/Sun are €50. Camping from €30 for a five night stay, available to weekend pass holders only. Tickets can be bought directly from www.seasessions.com or from all HMV Stores Nationwide. Camping, self-catering accommodation, bed & breakfasts and hotels are readily available in the surrounding area of Bundoran and along the west coast of Co. Donegal.

LINE-UP:
Billy Scurry, Bitches With Wolves, Crazy P, Deadbeat Controller, Delorentos, DJ Kid Kam, Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s), Fujiya & Miyagi, Ham Sandwich, Happy Mondays, Hot 8 Brass Band, Jape, Kaiser Chiefs, Kenny Dope, Krafty Kuts, LTJ Bukem feat MC Conrad, Michael Keep Schtum, Mishap, Neon Wolf, Pete Isaac (Jelly Jazz), Raf Daddy (The 2 Bears), Rev RUN, Roydabhoy, Scribble Sound System, Simon & Oscar (Ocean Colour Scene), The Coronas, The Gandhis, The Minutes, This Club, Toby Kaar, We Cut Corners, Yukon Blonde, More
TBA.


Ed Temperley

MSW editor. Twitter @edtemperley