What: Ireland’s finest practitioners of the Hawaiian Sport of Stand-Up Paddleboard [SUP] shall undertake a charity demonstration paddle around the bay, launching from Sandycove beach, to raise funds and awareness in aid of Shine.
When: 16th June 2010 from 12 – 2pm [12:00 – 14:00hrs]
Where: Sandycove Beach, beside Forty Foot, Sandycove, Co. Dublin
Contact: Julian Charlton.
Mobile:  852 2030
SUP: SUP is a distinct surfing discipline, where a surfer stands upright on a surfboard of a typical length of 10 – 12ft and propels themselves across the surface of the flat water or into breaking waves with the use of a long, single bladed paddle. Considered to be a refinement of the ancient Polynesian art of stand up canoe, the first stand up paddle surfers emerged in Waikiki in the early 1950s however the sport of SUP has only recently become popularized outside Hawaii in the last decade when world famous surfers such as Laird Hamilton, who gave a demonstration of SUP in Dublin in 2007, began to incorporate SUP into their fitness regimes in preparation for big wave surfing and then adopted the discipline, in its own right, as a method of charging world class waves such as Teahupo’o.
Bloomsday: Sandycove is the location of the James Joyce Martello Tower, immortalized in the novel ‘Ulysses’ James Joyce, and is also the birthplace of SUP on the east coast of Ireland where a small but dedicated group of surfers [or SUPers] gather to practice this Hawaiian sport of Kings.
SHINE: Shine is the national organization dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by enduring mental illness including, but not exclusively, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder and bi-polar disorder, through the promotion and provision of high-quality services and working to ensure the continual enhancement of the quality of life of the people it serves.
Links: James Joyce’s daughter, Lucia Joyce, was diagnosed by Carl Jung with schizophrenia.