UCC Surf Club Making Waves
The annual international trip by UCC Surf Club took place earlier this month, seeing the club return to the winter-sun destination of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. The week is an opportunity for students of all levels and abilities to enjoy surfing in a more appealing climate than the harsh winter. While there is a huge social aspect to the trip, the main aim is to introduce beginners to one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland, as well as prepare the core team for the Surf Intervarsities scheduled in Lahinch, Co. Clare in the coming months.
The International Surf trip has been part of the Surf Club calendar since its rebirth back in 2012 and is one of few foreign excursions offered by a club within UCC. It has become a popular trip for students who wish to get into the sport, refine their skills, and explore new and exciting waves. Learning to surf in a relaxed and warm environment enables beginners to progress more rapidly than they would back home. The action-packed week has introduced students to the different surfing cultures in a variety of countries including Spain, Portugal and Morocco.
Fuerteventura has become a go-to spot for UCC Surf, returning this time for its second year with 52 students. The club finds itself in El Cotillo: a wonderful old fishing village famous for its beautiful seaside views, great tapas bars and small cafés. The famous El Cotillo beach has the best breaks for all levels which gives the chance for a surfer’s progression. The locals are friendly and open, and of course love the Irish sociability! UCC Surf team member Eoin Edwards describes the conditions as best waves for preparing for this year’s Intervarsites. “The different breaks offer good variation to train and knowing where to find the best waves without surfing in cold water makes it easier for the competition ahead. The locals here aren’t territorial like back home so it’s great to make friends and surf good waves. Each annual trip offers a new place to progress our skills and practice new waves.”
Interest on the trip has been increasing every year, with most of the places fully booked the week the trip is announced. The mixture of sun, surf and sociability ensures students always have an unforgettable experience. The Club are hoping that the excellent forecast they experienced, along with some extra weekend sessions over the coming weeks will help them to take home overall winner in March, which they haven’t done since the 2017 intervarsity competition.