Three Team Riders from Rusheen Bay Windsurfing School made the 46.5km journey from Kilronan Pier on Inis Mor to Blackrock in Salthill recently.
A distance normally associated with a motorised or sailing craft, the team comprising of Daniel King, Maurice Owens and Danny Mulryan made the trip on Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs).
Setting off from Aran at 9am, they completed the voyage in just over eight hours. It is estimated that each of them completed 15,000 paddle strokes and completed the longest trip on an SUP in the country to date.
“It was a very enjoyable trip and a great way to familiarise ourselves a little more with the coastline. We were all glad to see the diving tower on the horizon,” noted Danny Mulryan, owner of Rusheen Bay Windsurfing.
The team, who are in the final stages of launching Paddle on the Prom, where the public can take trips around the bay on SUPs, are looking forward to planning the next adventure.
For more information on stand up paddleboarding, or try out a SUP, contact the team at Rusheen Bay windsurfing on 087-2605702.
Meanwhile, the 2012 Rusheen Bay Junior Academy competition took place last Saturday. The academy began in April and ran every Saturday and Sunday morning. Participants were coached by some of the country’s top windsurfers and all showed excellent progress towards the end of the season.
The top junior windsurfers from the Galway area battled it out over ten races and a freestyle session for the 2012 titles. Winners on the day were Diarmuid McCormack and Fiona Reidy. Notable performances also came from Oisin Concannon, who won several races.
In line with the competition results, the 2012 Rusheen Bay Junior Men’s and Ladies’ Windsurfer of the Year prizes were awarded to Diarmuid McCormack and Fiona Reidy. The 2013 Junior Windsurfing Academy will recommence again in April 2013. For more details see www.rusheenbay.com.