THE SURF2HEAL PROGRAM is Ireland’s first surf camp for kids with autism. It’s a non-profit organization and was the brain child of GTown Surf School’s John Hynes and Alayne and Nollaig Hayes, whose son has autism.
The Hayes saw the positive effects that the sea and surfing had on their son Sean and decided to set up the charity with John after seeing a similar outfit in America.
They launched in 2008 with the help of a small army of generous volunteers and a partnership with the Cork Association for Autism. The first camp was attended by 43 children and was enjoyed by all.
Since then they have rolled the program out across the country and camps have been run in Kerry, Clare and Waterford and it is hoped many more counties will follow suit.
This weekend sees events being held in Inchidoney, Cork and there will be many more opportunities to get involved throughout the summer. If you know of a child that would like to take part in one of the camps or if you would like to become a volunteer head over to http://surf2heal.org/index.html for more info.
Good waves everyone…
July is usually synonymous with small pathetic waves, but thanks to this crappy weather that everyone has been complaining about, it’s been pumping for most of the week. Sadly this is not a trend that is set to continue. Settled weather is coming and with it calmer seas. 1-2ft waves are the story of the weekend as summer conditions finally kick in.
The North – 1ft and under as the swell patterns move south towards the continent.
County Donegal/Sligo – Nice and clean today. Still small though and will drop further through the weekend.
County Clare – 1ft and messy.
Dingle Peninsula – 2ft and onshore on the north side. Pushing tide surfs only.
Cork & The South – Cork could pick up the tail end of the swell as it travels south. Sunday is shaping up nicely, with offshore winds in the morning.
Disclaimer – These weather reports are intended as a general overview of swell running in that area. These are predictions and actual wave size may vary. Do not enter the water alone or without adequate equipment and do not enter surf that is too large for your abilities. We cannot be held responsible for any decisions you make based on this information. For daily weather information follow @dinglesurf on Twitter.com.