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More Cutbacks Forecast due to Continuing Recession

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The deepening recession is leading to a spate of serious cutbacks across the broad spectrum of Irish surfing. Leading analysists, drawing on wide ranging data have shown that cutbacks have increased by 25% since 2008 and this trend is set to continue well into 2011.They have also highlighted the strong correlation between job losses and the increase in surftime. Whereas in previous years it was only the minority of Irish surfers who could master the simple cutback it now seems that with all this free time, surfers are actually improving and the move has become de rigueur.

Johnie O’Brien, a Bundoran local, is once such young Irish surfer who recently found himself  affected by the downturn in the economy, ” During the Celtic Tiger years my surfing wasn’t really improving, in fact I’d go so far as to say I was actually getting worse. My long working hours meant that I little more than a wee weekend warrior. Nowadays I’m getting so much practise its all starting to pay off. I’ve finally mastered the art of  the lay-back thanks to these lay-offs”.

Cutbacks are affecting everyone

Cutbacks are affecting everyone

However, not everyone is happy about the recession. Grumpy locals at once quiet spots are complaining that “you can’t even pull up on a wednesday morning without seeing at least a dozen twenty-something dole-scrounging surfers on the hunt for waves”. Don reckons the failing economy is to blame for this upsurge of new talent and mourns the fact he cant even catch a wave out back on his fifteen footer without an upstart shortboarder sitting deeper than him and hooting him off. “It’s absolutely sickening, whereas we had to work and could only practise our surfing once a week these gobshites are getting sponsored by the Social and getting out there everyday. Disgusting!”

Pre-recession cutback.

Pre-recession cutback.

Written by irishsurfcore

October 7, 2009 at 12:45 am

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  1. I think your onto something here, but further research is needed, time for some
    a pie-chart’s I think!


    October 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm

  2. Warning!!! I heard the social welfare have assigned some undercover detectives to take up surfing in the west cork area. They aim to break up a huge ring of surf natzis who just hang out, surf and basically have fun all the time… ‘Operation no surf’ is in full effect and Officers say its only a matter of time before we put an end to this wasteful pursuit and get out youth back on the streets and away from the beach. Too much salt air leads to heavy drug use another officer commented. Not to mention all that adrenaline, thats where the real trouble starts’. So eyes open boys, better to stay home or take up golf, get a career, work plenty of overtime, two weeks holidays should be enough for anyone. Surfing sucks, go to work and stay safe!

    The sea Wolf

    November 5, 2009 at 10:12 am

  3. Hello! Just wondering if Smokin’ Joe babyface has an email address? We wanted to write him a postcard but realised we didn’t know his surname (what rubbish friends)…and werent sure if addressing it ‘Joe with the blonde curly hair, Cottage by TeaRooms, West Cork, IRL.’ would get to him. Please tell him I say hello & send a hug…and grumpy Olan just says ‘Learn to surf and get a hair cut.’ Big love from Raglan.


    February 16, 2010 at 6:03 am

    • stapleton is on facebook


      February 28, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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