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Life's a beach as Portrush surfing festival makes a few waves

By Staff Reporter

Ireland's finest surfers will descend on Portrush for the third annual surf festival over the weekend of August 29 and 30.

The aim of the festival is to support and represent surf culture along the Causeway Coast and the event will comprise - surf conditions permitting - Men's Open, Women's Open, Bodyboard Open, Longboard, Under 18s (Juniors), SUP (Stand Up Paddle) and Knee Board.

Backed by Vita Coco and Circle One, the festival site base will be at the West Strand with family activities including beach sports, surf lessons and demos, giant SUPs, climbing wall, unique Vita Coco cabana, surf product demos and stalls.

There will be live music from some of the North Coast's best acoustic talent and the Antidote Sound System DJs will provide the soundtrack throughout the day down at the beach, while a surf film night is being run at the Playhouse cinema on the Saturday evening, as well as a surf photography exhibition by Andy Hill of Troggs in the Arcadia building close to the beach.

This year's surf movie premiere in the Playhouse cinema will be an exclusive Northern Ireland screening of The Fisherman's Son, the story of Chilean big wave surfer Ramon Navarro, with additional surf film shorts to be screened on the night.

Evening entertainment event partners include the Atlantic Bar and Kiwis Brew Bar on what promises to be a great weekend.

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