Scottish surfers descend on Bundoran for Celtic Cup this weekend

This weekend will see the Scottish national surf team – both juniors and seniors – descend on Ireland’s ‘surf capital’ Bundoran, to take part in the revived Celtic Cup surf competition against the Irish surf team.

Last run in the early 1990s, the competition was a staple event in the surf calendar for many years, alternating between hosts in Scotland and Ireland. It lapsed but it was decided that it should be revived once again following a conversation at a surf competition in France earlier this year.


William Watson is president of the Scottish Federation and is looking forward to the event: “Over the years, there’s been a special relationship that’s formed between the surfers of Scotland and Ireland. Whether this has been a travelling Scot/Irish surfer welcomed into the surf community of the other nation or our top surfers, like brothers in arms, standing side by side supporting one another at International events. Rekindling the Celtic Cup to me celebrates this deep rooted bond, its something I’m very pleased we’ve been able to make happen and I know many of those whom have supported and lead our federations over the decades are equally proud to see its return. I would like to wish each of the competitors success and I very much look forward welcoming the surfers of Ireland to our shores for the event next year.”

Shauna Ward of Bundoran is one of the organisers of the event and outlines the weekend’s plan: “We’ll be starting off with a small opening ceremony in Bundoran Community Centre on Friday evening. The surfers will get the chance to experience Irish hospitality and music that night followed by the competition on Saturday (conditions permitting). There will be music that night followed by the competition again on the Sunday.  Depending on conditions the competition may be run off on Saturday or Sunday or both days – a decision will be made on this closer to the time. In the event of down time, a bowling tournament has been arranged – Scotland v Ireland – it should be a good one! Finally prize-giving will take place on Sunday evening at a presentation dinner at the Peak Restaurant.”

Shauna Ward told Ocean FM that the waves will be perfect for the weekend’s event…

Spectators can keep up-to-date on the competition and its status via Irish Surfing on Facebook and Twitter and of course can come along and cheer on the competitors throughout the event. Surfers from all over Ireland are part of the Irish team and one of those is Neil McCarthy from Ballyshannon, son of Brian MacCarthaigh who competed for Ireland in the Celtic Cup in the ’80s.

Sam Christopherson is the Scottish junior team coach and adds: “Our junior team are proper excited, they have been chatting about nothing else and can’t wait to meet your team and surf the atlantic swells in Ireland! It will be the first time for almost all of them to be in Ireland and a really great experience which we are so grateful for the invitation”, “as for me I love Ireland and love the people so am really looking forward to coming and sharing some good times and great waves!.”


LONGBOARD Sam Christopherson Andrew Kilfeather FINAL 1ST-2ND (1 from each nation)
Joe Stapleton
Tom Breen
BODYBOARD MEN Josh Christopherson Shane Meehan FINAL 1ST-2ND (1 from each nation)
Andrew Kilfeather
Rory O’Dowd
U18 BODYBOARD Jamie Gibson Neil McCarthy FINAL 1ST-2ND (1 from each nation)
Michael Wimbledon-Hall Joe Breen
BODYBOARD WOMEN Clover Christopherson Ashleigh Smith FINAL 1ST-2ND (1 from each nation)
Ione Byrne
Maia Monaghan
OPEN MEN Mark Boyd Gearoid McDaid 3 X HEATS 1ST-2ND (1 from each nation)
Mark Cameron Stephen Kilfeather
Lee Wood Cillain Ryan
Sam Christopherson Ronan Oertzen
Jonny Ewart Rory Tuohy
Kieran Cameron Conor Maguire- Local Wild Card
OPEN WOMEN Diane Christopherson Shauna Ward 1ST-6TH
Jen Niffer Wood Holly Widger 3 x HEATS (1 from each nation to progress in R1 Heats)
Clover Christopherson Rachel Moore
Grace Doyle
Una Brtton
Ayesha Garvey
U18 BOYS Ben Larg Jack Scott 2 x HEATS 1ST-6TH
Michael Wimbledon-Hall Tiernan McCrea
Noah Carter Louis Devenney
U14 Boys Ben Larg Finn Richardson 2 x HEATS 1ST-6TH
Michael Mooney Tom Breen
Michael Wimbledon-Hall Eoin Lally – Local Wild Card
U18 GIRLS Tamzin McQueenie Una Britton (U18) FINAL 1ST- 4TH
Clover Christopherson Maia Monaghan (U18)
U16 Girls Clover Christopherson Sarah Moore FINAL 1ST-2ND (1 from each nation)
Sasha Moore
Helena Paran