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Updated: 03/03/17 : 11:45:44

Shore Shots Surf Festival - back with a bang for 2017

April 22nd - 23rd 2017 

Artists, creatives and action sports fans are coming together for a unique event in The Model, Sligo, this Spring.

The Shore Shots Surf and Adventure festival is a weekend of Discovery, Adventure, Inspiration and Creativity taking place over the weekend of April 22nd - 23rd

Featuring the latest films from the world of surfing, live music and a range of inspiring talks from designers and creatives, the fifth Shore Shots festival is a special gathering to celebrate all that’s great about the Wild Atlantic Way.

Acclaimed artist Dorothy Cross will be one of the headline speakers. She’ll be interviewed by Jim Carroll from the Irish Times in The Model arts centre to talk about representing Ireland at the Venice Biennial and what inspires her work.

Contemporary art will also be represented with street artist James Earley talking at length about his process and inspiration.

Director of the award-winning Hozier music video Brendan Canty will be on hand to discuss film-making and photography while screenprint studio Damn Fine Print will be live-printing and and exhibiting their work in the Create room.

For environmentalists and those interested in sustainable food and farming, the festival will host a special screening of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story on the Sunday afternoon, followed by an interview with Aoibheann O’Brien, founder and CEO of the ground-breaking Food Cloud initiative.

Big wave surfer, environmentalist and adventurer Easkey Britton will host a unique storytelling workshop on the Saturday morning while they’re also be live music from David Kitt on Sunday night and special guests throughout the weekend.

Food blogger Finn Ni Fhaolain will discuss her new book while farmer, surfer and campaigner Matt Smith will talk about his role in the Moy Hill Community Garden project.

Pro surfer Ollie O’Flaherty will exhibit an Oculus Rift 360 degree video project where users can surf the infamous Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way in 3D from the comfort of the festival venue.

The highlight for most attendees over the festival weekend is the infamous Shore Shots Edits Competition - a rowdy, fun and action-packed night at the cinema where every surfer worth their salt in the UK and Ireland gathers to showcase their latest video work from the last season and shout, laugh and cry as they watch the heroics and drama go down on the big screen.

Last year’s winner was Chris Case from Fish Farm TV who scooped the top prize with Of Viking Minds, a cinematic feast of marauding Celtic waves that are both menacing and exhilarating to behold.

Also appearing at the weekend is Jim Carroll's Banter, hiphop pioneers All City Records and men’s health charity Movember.

For those feeling adventurous, the festival has added a Sunday morning kayak tour, yoga classes, surf tuition and hiking tours with local tour operators in County Sligo. 

Festival Director Aidan Ellis said: “We moved the festival to Sligo a year ago so that we could really showcase all the adventures and creativity that Ireland has to offer. We’ve got an amazing venue at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way so it’s a perfect starting point for anyone looking to escape the city with a road trip or surf mission to the north west of Ireland.

“We’ve done our best to look after the surfers with all the latest movies on the big screen but we’re also making an effort to reach out beyond Ireland and show people what the west coast has to offer in terms of designers, thinkers, businesses and pioneers living and working on our coast.

“Sligo is such an exciting place to be right now with so many people moving there to work and to enjoy the enviable lifestyle along the Wild Atlantic Way. This year's festival includes music, arts, technology and creativity all in one venue, but you can also jump out for a surf or hike just five minutes from your door.”

Further details and the full line-up for Shore Shots 2017 can be found at - new announcements on films and speakers will be shared over the coming weeks. Tickets are priced €60 for the weekend.