We’re continuing our look back at Bundoran’s decade with 2011. This year is probably best remembered for the town hosting the European Surfing Championships (Eurosurf) and also the first Cara Bundoran Run!
Running for fun!
The first Cara Bundoran Run took place on Saturday March 5th 2011 – just a few hundred ran the first one. For the last few years it’s been capped at 2,500!! The 10th annual event will take place in 2020.
12th March 2011 – With a major European surf event announced for the town in September, the launch took place just before St Patrick’s Day at the Peak restaurant. The Irish surf team were in attendance as well as representatives from sponsors Failte Ireland.
Sunny St Patrick’s
A few days later, the sun shone for St Patrick’s Day!
Low Low Tide
A few days later on March 20th we had quite the low tide…! Not very often you can walk down this far!
Sea Sessions launched
On April 1st, Sea Sessions had its Dublin launch in the Workman’s Club. Some of those attending from Bundoran were Conor Flannery, Shane Smyth, Bianca Carlin Rosanio and Shane Campbell.
Sea Sessions & THAT photo of President Higgins!
June 30th – July 2nd On the lineup that year was Ziggy Marley and Bell X1. A very special visitor dropped by on his presidential campaign trail… Michael D Higgins TD who promised to return in 2012 if he was elected to Aras an Uachtaráin! It’s also where THAT photo (below) was taken of him on the BMX. You can read the story of that here
Bundoran remained as beautiful as ever as is evident from this amazing photo captured by Linda McNulty on August 6th 2011.
We’ve got Eurosurf fever Ted!
By the end of August and start of September Eurosurf fever was starting to take over as we looked forward to hosting the European Surfing Championships!
Even Calum Best got in on the action during his visit to Cara Pharmacy
Bundoran welcomes Europe
The opening ceremony took place on Saturday 24th of September with special guest Bethany Hamilton, subject of the movie “Soul Surfer” which had its gala Irish screening that night at Eclipse Cinemas. Bethany is pictured below with the volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat.
The sands of the nation represents each participating country in Eurosurf 2011 and contains sand from each country. The top layer of sand is from Bundoran – the host. The sand jar has survived to this day and is currently on display in Bundoran museum at the community centre.
The tourist office became quite the media hub for the duration of the event with live broadcasts from Ocean FM, RTE Radio 1 and Newstalk
Winner Winner chicken dinner!
Ireland’s own Ashleigh Smith placed 2nd in the bodyboarding during the competition.
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