Surfing Intercounties 2010:
The Rossnowlagh Surfing Intercounties 2010 will be remembered for all the right reasons. Started by Vinnie Britton (father of the Britton brothers) in 1968, the Intercounties has always been the last contest in the Irish surfer’s schedule. It’s seen as the last big get together of the year, and the craic afterwards in the Surfers Bar is always something to look forward to.
One thing that was clear from the start of the day was the Groms were out in force. The Donegal ‘G’ team made up of Daniel Britton, Garvin McCloskey & Louis Devenney had an average age of 11, which makes them the youngest team to compete in the 42 years the contest has been running.
This truly was a special Intercounties as another piece of history was made by the Donegal Ladies team. Made up of Easkey Britton, Naomi Britton, Tahlia Britton and Una Brittton they followed in the footsteps of their fathers Barry, Brian, Connor and Willie respectively who competed as a Britton brothers team around the time of the first few Intercounties in the late 60’s.
The competition was run off in great spirits, and the Groms had a point to prove to the more experienced surfers. The quarter finals draw gave them this opportunity. In the first QF, a Donegal ‘C’ team made up of James Garvey, Peter Bannon and Jack Scott took out the very experienced team of Aaron Reid, Ronan Oertzen and Connor Maguire.
In the second QF, the Donegal ladies had to take on the Donegal ‘G’ team (average age 11). The Ladies stamped down their authority and with some ‘girl power’ took out the youngsters. QF 3 saw the experienced Donegal team of contest organiser Neil Britton, Gavin McCrea and Gerry Doherty take out another all ladies team of Amy-May Garvey, Jane Byrne and Emily Stewart. QF 4 was a big upset with a past winners team of John Britton, Stephen Conwell and Kenny Ward being taken out by a young Sligo team made up of David O’Donnell, Géaroid McDaid and Aaron O’Hare.
The first semi final saw the Donegal Ladies team made up of the Britton girls being knocked out in a very closely contested heat against the Donegal ‘C’ team. The second semi final again saw youth conquering experience with the Sligo team knocking out Neil Britton’s team. It was all set for a clash of the Groms in the final, with the Sligo team eventually coming out on top. A stand out in the Sligo team was Géoriad McDaid who was able to make the most of the conditions with a good range of manoeuvres. A full report will appear in the Dec/Jan issue of überdog magazine.
The Intercounties posters are available from Barry Britton Design, Rossnowlagh, Co.Donegal & surf shops around the area. You can check out Barry's work at www.emeraldsurfwear.com