World record surfer Garrett McNamara joins our Surf Summit green room

Join us at Surf Summit.

That’s Garrett McNamara riding the biggest wave ever surfed.

He’s coming to Ireland for Web Summit’s Surf Summit.

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Garrett broke his own world record with that 100 footer in Nazaré, Portugal in 2013, having previously surfed a 78 foot wave at the same beach in 2011.

He’s one of the world’s best-known tow-in surfers – so-called due to the jet skis needed to tow them into waves over 30 foot high.

GMAC, as he’s known, has been hitting the world’s biggest breaks for 37 years, and is a two-time Billabong XXL Wave of the Year award winner.


He’s joining us in County Sligo on Ireland’s north west coast – the European capital of surf – for three days of surfing, hiking and cycling starting November 6 – right after Web Summit.

We’ve just opened applications for Surf Summit tickets that will get you in the water with the world’s leading surfers and entrepreneurs – before joining them for a series of curated dinners, parties and discussions in the evenings.

Starting at €399, your Surf Summit ticket gets you a place on a bus leaving Dublin the day after Web Summit finishes, bringing you to Sligo on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way before joining a pub crawl in Sligo town that night.


You’ll be staying in a Sligo hotel for two days and two nights – breakfast, lunch and dinner inclusive – and experiencing the very best of north west Ireland’s watersport and socialising.

Sat on the Atlantic Ocean, County Sligo has given us the poetry of WB Yeats and the three best members of Westlife.

For the last ten-odd years it’s also been responsible for some of the world’s biggest barrels.

Andrew Cotton joined us at last year’s Surf Summit – take a look at his Billabong Ride of the Year-nominated wave at Mullaghmore, County Sligo.

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We’ll be just down the road in Strandhill, a small village outside Sligo town and home to a beach break that caters to those of all abilities.

When Strandhill fires, beautiful glassy breaks roll towards the village’s promenade, the hills of County Sligo providing the backdrop.


Strandhill village makes for a nice pace change right after Web Summit, and is also home to Shells Café and Little Shop, which according to the Irish Times produces Ireland’s best artisan food.

While in Strandhill, you’ll be taking surf lessons, paddle boarding, visiting some of Ireland’s top tourist attractions, and joining our guided pub crawls and panel discussions in the evenings.

Finish off Web Summit with Surf Summit – apply for your ticket.

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