Thursday, May 21, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Came across this short clip my good friend Harry put up quite a while ago. It was taken during a coaching session with Harry before I headed off to Reunion Island for the AWWP Tour. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Known as Toome wave in the town of Toome, County Antrim NI. The wave is accessed from the Antrim side of the river Bann although the wave itself is closer to the Magherafelt side. The wave is on a short stretch of the River Bann between Lough Neagh and Lough Beg and works late spring to early autumn when the water levels begin to drop. This was actually my first time there despite regularly driving past it for years.

The wave itself is excellent although there are two visible iron girders in the water that are a pain. I guess that is why folk aren't looping in it too often.

Some efforts have been made to have the girders removed but as yet have not been successful. It would undoubtedly be the best and most consistent freestyle feature in the Country if they were removed.

Its definitely worth a visit and if you are there spend a few quid in the town and let the locals know why you are there. I think the best way to get the metal out is to have the backing of the community who can also approach Irish waterways and the Council if they see a benefit to having people come to the wave. The town was bypassed in early 2000's so like most bypassed towns may have felt the financial pinch.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Junior Development Squad: Mathew Lamont

Here is some video footage Mathew put together.  Mathew has been on the surf development squad for about two years. He definitely enjoyed a bit of water time over the Easter break! 

Gartan Outdoor Education & Training Centre

The last day of a four week long foundation course finished yesterday at Gartan OETC. Some of the students begin Sport & Recreation training on Monday whilst nineteen begin the full time Trainee Instructor program at Gartan.

What a perfect morning it was for a paddle too!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

NI Surf Kayak comp 2 results

Here are the results from NISK comp 2. Well done to all paddlers from the development squad who took part Especially to those for who this was your first competition experience! 
Well done also to Andy, Corin & Jake for efforts and great results from the Europeans in Mundaka!

Mens HP
1 - Corin King
2 - Kieron Mc Dyre
3 - Jonny Bingham
4 - Jake King
= 5 - Gerry Mc Gahey
= 5 - Andy Mc Clelland
= 7 - Dennis Mc Dyre
=7 - Norman Woods
=7 - Robert ??
10 - Colm Kelly

Mens IC
1 - Corin King
2 - Jake King
3 - Andy Mc Clelland
4 - Colm Kelly

1 - Marty Mc Cann
2 - Corin King
3 - Jake King

Ladies HP
1 - Maeve Lynch
2 - Maggs Murray
3 - Christine Kelly
4 - Sophia Lazerescu

Ladies IC
1 - Maggs Murray
2 - Christine Kelly

Junior HP
1 - Maeve Lynch
2 - Duelta Lynch
3 - Emil Lazerescu

Masters HP
1 - Denis McDyre
2 - Norman Woods

Plastic Class
1 - Robert ??
2 - Maggs Murray
3 - Duelta Lynch
4 - Emil Lazerescu

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April issue 'The Paddler'

Got a wee article in 'The Paddler' this month. Basically its just an overview of what Surf Kayak and Waveski is about for the uninitiated! Hopefully get some larger features in the future and expose our discipline to the wider paddling community.
Thanks to Luis at kayaksurf for putting the banner together!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Forward Paddling Clinic with Kayakmor

We recently took a spin to Galway to chat all things forward paddling with renowned  marathon and surfski paddler Jim Morrisey.
The day began with some video analysis of Oscar Chalumpsky and Greg Barton's style and technique, drawing out the key components to perfect forward paddling. We then took these key points out to the ergo were Jim guided us toward correct performance and effective forward paddling. Finally we hit the water and applied what we had learnt to the surfskis and double racing kayak.
Thanks to Jim at Kayakmór for a really informative and productive session. 

The Paddler April Issue

The April issue of the Paddler is available here. Pages 109 - 111 have a small feature that gives an overview of Waveski & surf Kayaking. Loads of other paddlesport articles in the 142 page issue!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Surf

 Don't see this bunch together too often. Good wee surf although completely Baltic!

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Paddler

If you haven't already checked out 'The Paddler' online magazine, its definitely worth a read. Plenty of SUP articles in the current March issue as well as an interview with legendary kayaker now sup manufacturer Corran Addison. There is also an article by ex World surf kayak champion Simon Hammond and loads more. The magazine is produced by Peter Tranter who was behind the BCU publication 'Canoe Focus' for years.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Futureski Footbars

Composite and paddlesurf innovators Future waveski & kayaks have produced these carbon push bars. I think they are a standard fitting on their custom skis. This one is fitted to my KS. Fits perfectly, and the foot loop plugs are strong enough to take the extra force they are put under.
The bars put the foot at a more upright position and allow a greater area to deliver drive through the board. These are a great addition to your ski and well made in true Futureski form.

Subgraviti's latest release 'Coolcara'

Xaver Walser's latest movie,Coolcara. Follows Xaver's travels, hanging out with waveskiers in J Bay, Plettenberg Bay, Australia and Portugal. Footage is a few years old at this stage so some of the riders are currently surfing far better, therefore doesn't do them justice. Arthur Schott, Andre Burger, Mathieu Babarit and current World champion Virgil Humbert are the stand outs for me. The movie is about an hour long and costs $12 for a one year subscription through Vimeo. Good work Xaver! And if this is truly your last film then I'd like to thank you for the amazing contribution you have made to the sport over the years! Take a bow!

Waveski World Cup 13

Following the collapse of the World Titles in Brazil Portuguese organisers have stepped up to host an International Waveski competition this year. The World Cup is taking place at the 2011 World Titles site in Santa Cruz and is part of the well established Ocean Spirit festival.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Here is the link to follow for the new Paddlesurf Skills awards from Canoeing Ireland

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

2012 Irish Open

Thanks to all those that made the Waveski and Surf Kayak Irish Open run this weekend! There was a really high standard at this years event and competitors were definitely challenged by the small onshore conditions.World HP kayak champion Chris Hobson cleaned up in both IC and HP classes. Only one point difference between 1st and 4th place in the Waveski class which was stylishly won by Kieran Davies from Devon UK.
Ocean Addicts was pleased to sponsor this event with support from Gath and Mitchell Blades.

Waveski Open Results
1st Kieran Davies UK
2nd Sam Jones UK
3rd Mark Trise UK
4th Marty McCann IRL

Full results and pictures will be up on the Paddlesurf facebook page in the coming days.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Getting closer to that time of year again!
Looks like a good turn out for the Waveski. Quite a few coming from the UK.
Remember to register for the comp in time!

Friday, August 31, 2012

 There have been lots of requests for more T shirts. I will have a new batch of shirts for sale in the near future with new OA logos and cool designs!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

BCU/UKCC 3 Star Surf

BCU/UKCC 3 star 'surf' training and assessment.
€100 including registration fee.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October.
County Donegal (venue will be confirmed the week prior to the course)
Click here for the syllabus
Contact for more information

Sunday, May 13, 2012

European Waveski Titles 2012

The European Waveski Titles took place in Ericiera in Portugal at the end of April. The number of competitors was down on previous years but the talent on display was definitely up! Around 40 competitors from Europe battled it out at Ribera de las for titles in the Open, Junior, Ladies, New Age, Senior and Masters divisions.
As usual, Portugal did not let us down. Two days before the comp the swell was 3.7 metres from the N West at 12 seconds. Time for free surf at a slightly sheltered spot South of Ericiera. The swell dropped to around the 2 metre mark for the comp    at Ribera. The French entries dominated the field but there was also a strong presence from Ireland and the UK who had 9 riders in total. The competition was a really relaxed event with a holiday atmosphere. The organisers had a sports massage tent set up for competitors, lunches arranged and a wacky band who played on the beach and car park. The local crew have to be acknowledged for their respect and support of the event throughout the four days of competition.
So a big thank you to all the folk that organised the event, in particular Cisco Sariavo, Mafra municipality, the Ribera de Las surf club, the lodge and the cafe at Ribera for food and refreshments! And a big thank you to Mitchell Blades, Gath, Duem Stuff, Polar for continued support.
Results Open
1 Mathieu Babarit
2 Virgile Humbert
3 Maxime Gaborit

Results Ladies
1 Coralie Jousset, 2 Elise Gaborit, 3 Lucy Garbutt
Results Junior
1 Pablo Arrouays 2 Paul Jouet 3 Virgile Humbert 4 Mathieu Jonneaux

Results Master
1 Thierry Mourraud 2 Kieran Davies 3 Vincent Thepaut

Senior Results
1 Michael Orsmond 2 Edu 3 Fransisco Sariavo 4 Marty McCann

New Age Results
1 Renan Leloutre, 2 Guilaume Justine 3 Mael Divialle, 4 Sam 'The Badger' Jones

Marty taking off and Pete O'Kane sneaks over the side.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Paddlefest 2012

Well that's it, Paddlefest done and dusted for another year! This was the first time the event was not run at an Outdoor Centre. Instead it was based at a hotel in Moville and used the local hall and pub for talks and chillin after a long day on the water.
Sea paddlers had it good sun and calm oceans. Not so good for the whitewater guys who had to settle for the Mourne. The coaching made up for it though. I heard great reports from colleagues who really enjoyed the progressive coaching and fresh ideas. We were pretty limited with the surf too. We travelled to South Donegal on day one and settled for small waves in the North for day two. I had the pleasure of working alongside two World champ surf kayakers Chris Hobson and Andy McCllelend for the weekend which was good fun. Hopefully these guys will push forward with their coaching in the future as they have lots of knowledge to share.
A good weekend had by all! Roll on Paddlefest 13!

left to right are Andy, Kieran, Eddie and Chris.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

European waveski Titles 2012

Countdown to the Europeans has officially started.
Check out for more info in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year !

OA wishes everyone a happy new year and the strength to stick to those resolutions and goals for 2012 and beyond!
I intend to do more river running this winter. look out for inland courses next year. looking forward to the new surf ski my Dad won in South Africa arriving March. There is plenty of scope for this sport in the North West that's for sure. Also there are the European Waveski Titles in Ericiera Portugal to look forward to. Thats in April/May, and there should be a few folk from Ireland going to that.
Some exciting news too. OA has a new partner for 2012. DUEM kayak gear has come on board so we are looking forward to working with them and the Irish dealer. More news to follow on that one.
So, once again thanks for all the support during the year and happy new year to all!! See you on the water in 2012, Carry on!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Greetings All,
Ocean Addicts would like to thank everyone who has participated in our courses during the year and to all the coaches, athletes and supporters who have inspired us to do what we do.   We would also like to thank Mitchell Blades, Polar, Gath, Patagonia, and Buff for their continued support and belief in the Ocean Addicts philosophy.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, good waves, good river levels and see you on the water in 2012!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Paddlefest 2012

Paddlefest is back in Donegal for 2012.  Moville is the venue and offers a range of facilities for the surf paddler, river runner, freestyler and sea kayaker.
There will be a range of workshops in all disciplines.
I will be doing a session on the fundamental movement skills that underpin surf kayak and waveski. This will be based on and off the water and is aimed at developing a greater understanding of the core skills that support athlete development.
Expedition paddler and founder of the ‘Association of Paddlers and Coaches’, Olly Sanders will be a guest coach as will Olaf Obsommer. Olaf is the man behind ‘Adidas Sick Line’, is an all round hellboater adventurer and has his name in the Book of legends! I can’t wait to hear his boating stories from around the world!
I think this one will sell out pretty quick so book early!

The Book of legends

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

January 2012 courses

We are running one Inland and Two Surf UKCC 3 star courses in January 2012.
Contact for details or book a place.
There are six places per course and a discount for  CANI clubs who would like to fill a course.
Please read the BCU literature surrounding the syllabus.

Cost per person
Co. Donegal/Tyrone
7th & 8th Jan 2012
Residential Bushmills OEC (full board)
£100 non res
Co. Antrim
13th – 15th Jan 2012
Residential Bushmills OEC (full board)
£100 non res
Co. Antrim
20th – 22nd Jan 2012

Thursday, November 24, 2011

K1's & Surfskis from South Africa

If anyone is looking for a K1 or Surfski then have a look at this link
Dermot Hudson of Canoe Marathon Ireland is bringing in a container from Knysna Racing Kayaks.
This is a really good opportunity to get your hands on a boat for a good price.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Canoeing Ireland Coaches Workshop

Thanks to Benny Cullan, Neil Flemming and Canoeing Ireland for the coach update workshop on Saturday. During the day long session we looked at the coaching structure of CI and the LTAD plan. Later we looked at periodisation and how & where this fits within the LTADP depending on the age group being coached.

The afternoon session was based around the results from our lactate tests. How these tests determine how we should adapt our training for better results. Really useful info and something that we will incorporate into the Irish Kayak and Waveski riders programmes.

Typical results of an almost all  anaerobic training programme. More aerobic base needed I think! That line will be flat in a few months!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Two new pictures from the training week

Final Day Highlight France Championship 2011 Waveski Surfing

Sport NI Physical Literacy Pilot

The Sport NI Coaching Children Physical Literacy Pilot course ran last weekend at the teacher Training College Stranmillis. Three sports involved in this scheme are GAA, Netball and of course Paddlesport. Each sporting group was represented by coaches and coach mentors who will explore and implement their knowledge/findings in the coming months.

Coaches and Coach Mentors (LR Ashley Hunter, Roger Hamilton & Marty McCann)

Roger giving the Kayak Pro a run for its money

Exploring movement and connectivity

Sunday, October 30, 2011

5 Star training Surf with ASSR

The OA crew are three days into a hectic 11 day schedule. This weekend we delivered the new UKCC Advanced Surf Safety & Rescue course (ASSR) as well as the new 5 star surf training. The 5 star training was being moderated by OA friend Robin Ruddock. Tomorrow we hit the road for our Waveski & Surf Kayak development trip. 5 days of high level coaching and pumpin surf by looks of things. Then its off to the teacher training college Stranmillis for Sport NI physical literacy course! keep er lit!

Trainer Paul Harrington with some candidates including world junior surf kayak champ Andy McClelland.
More news soon.
All students at a solid level. A few tweaks and some consolidation time and these guys will be great advanced surf leaders.

Ocean Addicts Coaching & Development week

Untitled from sam jones on Vimeo.

Here is some footage from the recent Ocean Addicts waveski & surf kayak coaching camp. Really good group of people on the course so made it a very enjoyable week. The footage is from sessions where students were working on various skills such as getting air, cut backs and re-entries. Plenty of spills so we know they were trying! Thank you again to everyone involved for making it a great week. Look out for the upcoming feature on from their roving reporter Pete Copp who has some quality pictures too!