Surf Summit Recap

As the Web Summit ended, about 200 of us got on busses for Westport, Co Mayo, a cozy town on the West coast in throwing distance of adventure sports and outdoor activities. On the docket were a few talks by various professional surfers, politicians (the Taoiseach himself!), lots of drink, meeting new people, hiking, and of course…surfing.

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Yours truly with eyes closed chatting with the Taoiseach about something or other. Unlike American politicians, much of what happens *outside* of work remains off the record, leading to a lot more spontaneous fun!

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Mega-wave surfer Andrew Cotton in an Elf-influenced jumper talking about how he has no secret for dealing with being eaten by a very big wave. This guy has surfed some insane stuff.

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Saturday was a day of kiteboarding, surfing, zorbing (have a read if it is also new to you!), Hunger Games-style archery and a few other sports.

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Sun morning a few late risers (pictured above, with Aisling at far left, then me, then two guys from Achill Island, then Monica, Vinnie and an agro-sheep) made the trek to the top of Croagh Patrick. Pilgrims make a barefoot climb en masse to the summit to honor St Patrick every July.

I love post-conference events, and there aren’t enough of them. They are a great way to get to know people in a non-networkie environment. It’s a great way to decompress, forge new relationships and generally take stock of the few preceding days of frenetic activity.

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