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TRAMORE Surf champ

Irish Surfing Champion Craig Butler grew up in Tramore and has been surfing since he was 5. He chats to My Waterford....


urfing is more than a sport to Craig, it’s a way of life. “In the last 17 years I’ve counted

myself lucky enough to be able to travel the world and surf in some of the most exotic places. I’m sure my life could have gone another way, but I truly feel surfing saved me. Surfing it’s more than just a sport. It’s a way of thinking. Most people revolve their lives around worrying about what bills need paying, whereas I also have these worries, but mine can be cured instantly by grabbing my surfboard and running down to the beach and jumping in the water. I’ve seen surfing work wonders for people who have struggled to find somewhere to fit in. I won my first national title at the age of

13 and since then I have won 7 more. I am currently the Irish surfing champion. It’s something that I worked hard to achieve, and that hard work finally paid off when I won last October in Bundoran Co Donegal. I’ve had stints competing for Ireland abroad. Most notably coming 11th in the world for a short period at a world tour event in England a couple of years ago. Last year

I competed for Ireland in Taiwan, Indonesia, France and Australia. The ocean is there

for everybody to use. It’s free and it doesn’t discriminate against Race, Sexuality or Gender. There is no reason why you cannot pick up a surfboard and enjoy the same feeling that every surfer feels when they ride a wave. True peace and freedom”

STARS OF THE FUTURE The TBay Surf Club has been at the forefront of competitive Irish surfing since its foundation in 1969. Now 2 of its young stars will represent Ireland in the Eurosurf 2016 competition in Agadir in Morocco later this year. Samuel Moore represents Ireland in the boys U-18 division and Joe Breen secured his team place in the U-16 bodyboard section.

Tramore Surf School opens cafe B

ernadette Butler opened her doors on the beach front in

Tramore in 2005 as a small family run surf shop and has since helped build the surf industry in the South East up from the ground. Fortunately surviving the struggles of the recessionary years, Bernie has since become Ireland’s premier surf shop. Having eventually expanding into

a surf school, skate shop and beach shop, Bernie has recently opened The Surf Hut Café, which boasts an incredible panoramic view of Tramore beach. When parents drop off their kids for camp, they can grab a coffee and chill out in

Fine dining, ceol agus craic, and bar food, all under one roof

1 LittLe Market street, traMOre, CO waterfOrd.

teL: 051 381324

the cosy cafe, whilst knowing that their children are in good hands with the highly experienced instructors. The workforce is led by her son Craig, who is the Irish Surfing Champion, and a talented bunch of local surfers and baristas who are always there. Bernadette is a big supporter of the local community and is proud to give back.

The Pavilion, Tramore, Co. Waterford T: (051) 391 011 M: 087 7563993

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