I guess I am ‘homesick’ or Irelandsick’ as I keep looking at the flights to Emerald Island and ideas what to do there…
In my search I came across Dingle, a town in County Kerry, Ireland. The only town on the Dingle Peninsula, it sits on the Atlantic coast, about 50 kilometres southwest of Tralee and 71 kilometres northwest of Killarney and it’s breathtaking! I’ve been there several years ago and it’s a bit of drive from Dublin, but the views and the place is worth it. I already fantasize about my fish and chunky chips… For people who are more active I have another reason to visit Dingle for a weekend, Bank Holiday or… entire holidays.
It’s SUP! Do I hear you asking: What is SUP?
It’s stand up paddle boarding… And it’s the latest and coolest sport possible. You don’t need waves like for surfing, you can do it on the river, on the sea and on the lake. The new SUP schools keep popping up around Ireland but there is one that I’d love to go to… and it’s Wild SUP School in Dingle. Why?
Oona and Ed, the founders & your future instructors & tour guides in one, will make you feel home and will share with you all they know starting from the local history, the flora and fauna of the area, including Fungi and the seals commonly seen in the harbour; they will tell you about local birds, about pollution impact on the area, how to protect it and where to go after the SUP tour (bars, restaurants, hikes…). You won’t be disappointed.
I met Ed last year in Strandhill where he worked as a surf instructor and I have to admit, I had one of the best surfing lessons so far. I learnt how to turn left (you can see how PRO I am hahaha) and it felt like the lesson was personalised. I could sense in him a real passion and love for the sea and the natural environment. It’s great to meet people who care about something, stick to it and make it their living!
About Wild SUP Tours:
Oona Tibbetts BA, originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico in the USA, first moved overseas when she attended university at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she obtained her degree in Design for Stage. After working professionally, designing sets and costumes for theatre and film, in both London and New York City she moved to Ireland in order to pursue something else. Not knowing what this ‘something else’ was, she was open to any possibility that crossed her path. While managing a hostel in Strandhill, Co. Sligo she met Ed and began surfing. Together they have been developing Wild SUP Tours, an ecotourism business opening in Dingle, Co. Kerry this May.
Ed Lacey BSc, Environmental Science and Protection, has been involved in the ecotourism industry since graduating from Sligo IT in 2006. He has also been involved and worked in the watersports industry since the age of 12, thus gaining extensive knowledge of the Irish coastline and the associated ecology. After gaining experience working in a variety of areas, such as environmental education, ecotourism and watersports, he started his own environmental education business, Seashore Ecology. While managing this business, he realised that education on its own only caters to a small target market. Whereas all three genres could integrate seamlessly into one successful business catering to a much larger audience. From this, the idea of Wild SUP Tours originated.
You can read more about their venture and support their business through this page CLICK HERE.
It’s like they created Wild SUP Tours after talking to Richard….;) Best of luck guys!