Portugal are Eurosurf champions

Portugal are taking the Eurosurf title back home with them, 14 years after winning it the last time the competition was held in Ireland. Written in the stars maybe? 
The winners women’s categories were Catarina Sousa in bodyboarding (Ireland’s Ashleigh Smith came second by 0.07 for silver), Sarah Beardmore (Eng) in the Ladies Open. Full details are here on the Bundoran 2011 site. 

Ashleigh Smith, Ireland

One of the highlights was the visit by American surfer Bethany Hamilton, yes she of that incredible recovery-story following a shark-attack. It’s all very well to talk about being committed to surfing but it’s when you see a story like that, you realise how serious people can be about their passions.
What’s the most inspiring recovery story you’ve heard?

Niamh Griffin

Niamh works as a journalist in Ireland but blog also blogs about women in sport. She tries to be positive but does have a moan every now and then. She is based in Ireland. Read her blog at http://niamhgriffin.blogspot.com.

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