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Watch: Meabh makes World final as kayak surfers come to Portrush for chilly Championships

Claudy teenager Meabh Lynch has fallen in love with surf-kayaking and it's not hard to see why.

The 18-year-old finished fourth in the HP Junior race at the recent World Surf Kayaking Championships in Portrush. Competing for the overall crown against boys and girls, Meabh coasted through the first three rounds and managed to come through the semi-finals to reach the final stage. Watch our video to see just how fun (and cold) the sport looks.

Although Meabh confesses she had a bit of a head-start, fourth place at world level will do just fine.

"It's not a bad position," she smiled. "The competition coming here is a lot tougher but I would come up here to train. I know the beach and I had a fair idea where to paddle out so it was a bit of an advantage.

"I started about five or six years ago up in Derry paddling down the River Foyle. Then it was just by chance I got out on a surf one day and absolutely fell in love with it. I joined the Ulster Paddlesurf Club and I've been in love with it ever since."

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Claudy's Meabh Lynch finished fourth in the World Championships.

Getting tossed about by the North Sea waves, at times it looks a little crazy, but Meabh reveals there is method behind the madness.

"You pick it up over time training," she explained. "We would go through a lot of tactical strategies out in the water. Mine is in the first five minutes to catch a wave and I come down a sit on the beach for 10 minutes before I go out to pick out where's best to paddle out, where it's breaking and I'll have my pointers along the beach to keep me right."

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