So where did we come from ?In the early 1960s Tadgh Kelliher decided to put his mechanical genius to use and build a boat. He put in a converted Ford car engine and headed off to Fenit to test it out. Shortly after, Ted and Rae Kelliher became the first people in Kerry to Waterski.
The love of the water was passed on to the younger generations and continued through Sailing and Swimming and eventually Windsurfing in 1980.
In 1985, when people were talking about Live Aid, the British Coal Miners, Gorbachev and Boris Becker, The Kelliher family were discussing ‘Surf N Sail’.
At the time Windsurfing was in its infancy and equipment was hard to come by. More and more people wanted to get into Windsurfing and so the demands for new boards, sails and accessories were increasing.
Bic Marine, yes, the Biro people, had just bought Doufour’s windsurfing division and was going head long into the watersports industry.
Surf N SailAt the start of the summer of ’85 the doors of Surf N Sail opened to the public, in exactly the same place it is today, except back then it was more like a Shed than a shop.
This is not a trumpet blowing session but a way of saying that, when you have a love for the ocean and a need to spend time on the water, you will find any means necessary. The definition of a Waterman is given as, ‘A person who participates in multiple watersports and will engage in any of these various forms of Watersports depending on the conditions’.
So, you’re likely to find the Surf N Sail team at the beach, practicing what we preach, and having fun on anything we can get our hands on so long as it gets us on the water. Our in house motto is ‘The Wetter The Better’ and that should say it all.
If you need advice on Surfing, Kitesurfing, Kayaking, Windsurfing, Sailing, SUPing, Sea Swimming, Triathlon, Skimboarding, Bodyboarding, Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, Jetskiing, Bodysurfing, or any other watersport you can think of, drop in and we’ll be happy to advise.
See you on the Water!