The “Fleadh Sheoil na hÉireann” Irish Windsurfing Festival began in Belmullet in 2004 with the aim of providing a non-competition meeting point for Irish windsurfers of all ages and all levels. It has been a resounding success from the very first event!
Free coaching for all levels from Ireland\’s top instructors and windsurfers along with a great social aspect and great support from the windsurfing industry, the Fleadh has always been sure to offer something for everyone. Last year the Festival moved from it\’s spiritual home in Belmullet to Dublin, and quickly became the biggest event so far. Hundreds of windsurfers came out to celebrate the world\’s best sport and all the coaching, in particular the beginners lessons, were completely overbooked. The future looks bright for windsurfing in Ireland!
The 2008 Festival is just day’s away taking place over the weekend of May 5th, 6th & 7th in Malahide Co. Dublin. This year’s event sees subsidised beginner lessons at €20 for a two hour session, free improver coaching for all IWA members, Round 1 of the new IWA slalom series and a host of top end toys to try out from manufacturers including JP, NEIL PRYDE, Fanatic, Loft Sails and Naish.
The Fleadh Sheoil is an Irish Windsurfing Association event organised by DMG Sailsports and www.surfdock.ie
For more information and a full timetable of events go to: www.windsurffestival.ie
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