2017 Speakers

Dive into a world of exploration, adventure and new ideas with a star-studded line-up of speakers in our multi-stage Discovery Room

Hear from activists, pioneers and tastemakers like Dorothy Cross, Aoibheann O’Brien and others who will be talking on the Banter
stage about the discoveries they’ve made in the course of their work.

We’ll also be joined on the Surf stage by industry icons Tim Nunn, Easkey Britton, Peter Conroy, Fourth Surfboards and many more over the weekend.

Plus, we've got a full film programme including Red Chargers, Given, Shorebreak, The Accord and much more.  

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Andrew Cotton / Professional Big Wave Surfer  

Andrew Cotton / Professional Big Wave Surfer

 

Easkey Britton / Professional Surfer & Scientist  Easkey is a scientist, academic and social activist, with a PhD in Environment and Society. She's also the first Irish woman to be nominated for the Global WSL Big Wave Awards.

Easkey Britton / Professional Surfer & Scientist

 Easkey is a scientist, academic and social activist, with a PhD in Environment and Society. She's also the first Irish woman to be nominated for the Global WSL Big Wave Awards.

Tim Nunn / Photographer The Plastic Project Tim spent 10 years trying to get to the remotest coastlines in the north Atlantic and Pacific looking for surf. Along the way he noticed a problem that was getting worse at every place he visited. Searching for the ultimate surfing wilderness in Scotland, Iceland and Canada he knew he had to do something about it.

Tim Nunn / Photographer The Plastic Project

Tim spent 10 years trying to get to the remotest coastlines in the north Atlantic and Pacific looking for surf. Along the way he noticed a problem that was getting worse at every place he visited. Searching for the ultimate surfing wilderness in Scotland, Iceland and Canada he knew he had to do something about it.

Olllie O'Flaherty / Professional Surfer

Olllie O'Flaherty / Professional Surfer

Barry Mottershead / Sligo Kayak Tours Founder and Big Wave surfer

Barry Mottershead / Sligo Kayak Tours Founder and Big Wave surfer

Ben Selway  / Photographer Wavelength Magazine

Ben Selway  / Photographer Wavelength Magazine

Magnus Ekermann / Founder Surf Ears Heading up a team of professional product designers, engineers and dedicated surfers with more than 20 years on the water. Magnus has extensive experience from designing, developing and manufacturing high tech consumer electronics and sports equipment.

Magnus Ekermann / Founder Surf Ears

Heading up a team of professional product designers, engineers and dedicated surfers with more than 20 years on the water. Magnus has extensive experience from designing, developing and manufacturing high tech consumer electronics and sports equipment.

Aoibheann O'Brien / Co-founder and CEO of FoodCloud FoodCloud is a not-for-profit social enterprise that helps businesses redistribute surplus food to charities. It has secured numerous investments and in 2015 agreed a deal that ensured Tesco’s 146 stores would redistribute surplus food to charities across Ireland. 

Aoibheann O'Brien / Co-founder and CEO of FoodCloud

FoodCloud is a not-for-profit social enterprise that helps businesses redistribute surplus food to charities. It has secured numerous investments and in 2015 agreed a deal that ensured Tesco’s 146 stores would redistribute surplus food to charities across Ireland. 

JC Co-Founder, the Movember Foundation Justin Coghlan (JC) is one of the four co-founders of the Movember Foundation, a men’s health movement that began in Australia in 2003 and is now a global charity raising money and awareness to fund breakthrough research and support services for men’s health. To date, the Movember campaign has inspired over four and a half million moustaches, raised over €516m in donations and funded over 1,000 programmes in 21 countries.  JC now heads up the Global Innovations team at the Movember Foundation, focusing on long-term, global projects designed to develop the already significant success of the brand, with particular emphasis on how the Movember Foundation can stay as an industry leader whilst keeping their ethos of having fun and doing things in the Movember way.  

JC Co-Founder, the Movember Foundation

Justin Coghlan (JC) is one of the four co-founders of the Movember Foundation, a men’s health movement that began in Australia in 2003 and is now a global charity raising money and awareness to fund breakthrough research and support services for men’s health. To date, the Movember campaign has inspired over four and a half million moustaches, raised over €516m in donations and funded over 1,000 programmes in 21 countries. 

JC now heads up the Global Innovations team at the Movember Foundation, focusing on long-term, global projects designed to develop the already significant success of the brand, with particular emphasis on how the Movember Foundation can stay as an industry leader whilst keeping their ethos of having fun and doing things in the Movember way.

 

Kevin  Cavey / Irish  Surfing Legend One of the first surfers in Ireland, Kevin Cavey tells his stories of surfing in the days before wetsuits or forecasts.

Kevin  Cavey / Irish  Surfing Legend

One of the first surfers in Ireland, Kevin Cavey tells his stories of surfing in the days before wetsuits or forecasts.

SkunkWorks Surf Company / High performance SUP and surfboard makers that aim to minimise impact on the environment

SkunkWorks Surf Company / High performance SUP and surfboard makers that aim to minimise impact on the environment

Ian Mitchinson / Photographer & Filmmaker

Ian Mitchinson / Photographer & Filmmaker

Rob Lockyear Writer/Director Two Eyes Film Two Eyes Film are surf comedy film makers responsible for "The Shaper", "Vanlife" and "Freezing - A Cold Water Surf Trip". 

Rob Lockyear Writer/Director Two Eyes Film

Two Eyes Film are surf comedy film makers responsible for "The Shaper", "Vanlife" and "Freezing - A Cold Water Surf Trip". 

Dorothy Cross / Multimedia Artist One of Ireland's leading artists, Dorothy Cross is known for dramatic sculptures and installations that often touch on one of our favourite subjects - the sea. She'll be in conversation on Saturday afternoon at Shore Shots.

Dorothy Cross / Multimedia Artist

One of Ireland's leading artists, Dorothy Cross is known for dramatic sculptures and installations that often touch on one of our favourite subjects - the sea. She'll be in conversation on Saturday afternoon at Shore Shots.

Ashleigh Smith / Entrepreneur & Designer- Atlantic Equipment

Ashleigh Smith / Entrepreneur & Designer- Atlantic Equipment

William Aliotti / Pro Surfer

William Aliotti / Pro Surfer

Matt Smith / Founder of Backwash Magazine & Moy Hill Community Garden

Matt Smith / Founder of Backwash Magazine & Moy Hill Community Garden

Lucia Griggi / Professional Photographer Born, raised and educated in England – with frequent visits to her father's home of Venice, Italy –Lucia moved to California in 2010. With her roots in the surfing, skateboarding and outdoor adventure world, Lucia focuses on lifestyle and adventure for editorial and advertising clients.  Lucia's work has been internationally recognized and awarded by National Geographic, PDN, Windland Smith Rice International Awards, Black and White photography and the Masters Cup.

Lucia Griggi / Professional Photographer

Born, raised and educated in England – with frequent visits to her father's home of Venice, Italy –Lucia moved to California in 2010. With her roots in the surfing, skateboarding and outdoor adventure world, Lucia focuses on lifestyle and adventure for editorial and advertising clients. 

Lucia's work has been internationally recognized and awarded by National Geographic, PDN, Windland Smith Rice International AwardsBlack and White photography and the Masters Cup.

Liquid Therapy was created in 2011 to provide one to one support for young people who wanted to experience surfing but where unable to participate in mainstream opportunities. Each year the foundation has grown and evolved to work with individuals, families, and community groups from across the country and globe. 

Liquid Therapy was created in 2011 to provide one to one support for young people who wanted to experience surfing but where unable to participate in mainstream opportunities.

Each year the foundation has grown and evolved to work with individuals, families, and community groups from across the country and globe. 

Finn Ni Fhaolain / Food Entrepreneur and Blogger

Finn Ni Fhaolain / Food Entrepreneur and Blogger

James Earley / Urban Artist A leading light in the Irish street art scene, Earley is known for his large-scale murals that have been commissioned across Ireland. He runs a design agency and his illustrations have been commissioned by everyone from Facebook to the Aviva stadium.

James Earley / Urban Artist

A leading light in the Irish street art scene, Earley is known for his large-scale murals that have been commissioned across Ireland. He runs a design agency and his illustrations have been commissioned by everyone from Facebook to the Aviva stadium.

Jim Carroll / Journalist The Irish Times We've been reading Jim's ramblings about music, technology, hurling and everything else for as long as we can remember so we were delighted to have him come and host a stage at Shore Shots. 

Jim Carroll / Journalist The Irish Times

We've been reading Jim's ramblings about music, technology, hurling and everything else for as long as we can remember so we were delighted to have him come and host a stage at Shore Shots. 

Peter Conroy / Big Wave safety specialist and surfer

Peter Conroy / Big Wave safety specialist and surfer

Olan All City / Label and record Shop Owner Quietly pushing the boundaries of hip-hop since 2003, Olan O'Brien's All City records label is known and respected by collectors around the globe for a steady stream of world-class releases. If you're interested in beats, jazz, techno or want to know what makes a niche music label tick then check him out on Sunday afternoon at Shore Shots. He might even bring a few records. 

Olan All City / Label and record Shop Owner

Quietly pushing the boundaries of hip-hop since 2003, Olan O'Brien's All City records label is known and respected by collectors around the globe for a steady stream of world-class releases. If you're interested in beats, jazz, techno or want to know what makes a niche music label tick then check him out on Sunday afternoon at Shore Shots. He might even bring a few records. 

Alan Simms / Founder Shine, Belfast Alan began DJing as the acid-house phenomenon swept Europe, helping to establish Belfast's burgeoning club scene.In 1993 he set up his first club night, Different Drum and began DJing all round Ireland. Soon the night had outgrown the venue and a change was required. From the ashes of Different Drum sprang the now internationally celebrated Shine, which remains one of the best clubs in Ireland and the UK. 

Alan Simms / Founder Shine, Belfast

Alan began DJing as the acid-house phenomenon swept Europe, helping to establish Belfast's burgeoning club scene.In 1993 he set up his first club night, Different Drum and began DJing all round Ireland. Soon the night had outgrown the venue and a change was required. From the ashes of Different Drum sprang the now internationally celebrated Shine, which remains one of the best clubs in Ireland and the UK.