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Shore Shots weekend photos


Apr 272018

Over 300 surfers, outdoor enthusiasts and movie buffs made their way to Sligo last weekend for the sixth edition of Shore Shots Surf Festival. Originally held in Dublin for three years, the event now hosts the majority of the content in The Model theatre with a number of fringe events taking place around the town centre and in Strandhill.


Aiden Ellis, the director of Shore Shots says “I think the impact on the local surf community is really good, we try to get everyone together once a year to hang out and exchange ideas, come up with new projects to work on and talk about what they’ve done over the last season”


Shore shots is THE place for surfers, filmers and photographers to show off their latest and greatest. The festival played host to a surf market, talks from some of Europe’s best outdoor photographers including George Karbus, Tim Borrow, and Ian Mitchinson to filmers such as Risky Ripple’s, Andrew Kaineder.

This event is important for the scene. We are often so blown away by the surfers in the incredible photos and films that are displayed that we forget about the filmers and photographers behind the lens.


We caught up with upcoming surf photographer Tim Borrow at Shore Shots who said “The current state of surf photography is saturated. There’s a lot of guys who work with digital cameras, phones, GoPro’s etc. It’s a very competitive industry. Surf film festivals such as Shore Shots are invaluable to the surf scene such as Ireland… it’s a great platform for you to display your work and get your name out there and also just meet new people.”


Andrew Kaineder the filmer behind ‘Risky Ripples’ was presenting the latest and third episode in the series at Shore Shots. He says “Over the weekend at Shore Shots, I think one of the main components is the short films. It’s really important to get these films off small screens, phones, internet and social media and back to the roots with a community gathering and particularly in Ireland where community vibes are so strong. i think it’s great that there’s a film festival like this to bring everyone together and see the pro surfers, get the signatures. It’s good to get things off the internet, we’re missing the connection and experience of having a film on a big screen and being surrounded by good sound and good people.”


In the cinema theatre Sligo native Gearoid McDaid introduced his new movie ‘Misery Loves Company’ to a packed audience. Gearoid says “It’s the first surf film I’ve put a lot of time into, all the other movies and edits I’ve made have just come together from just a week of waves, just short unplanned videos. This was the first one where I’ve put in a whole winter, focusing on the clips and travelling to make what you no know is ‘Misery Loves Company’


If you haven’t already, watch Gearoid’s ‘Misery Loves Company’ below!