The following is an outline plan for the event, as we finalise arrangements more details and venues will be added.

19th October (committee members and event staff only)

8am – Site and venues set up

2pm – Event staff committee meeting

20th October

9am – Judges training (East Strand)

11.30am – expression session for the judges (East Strand) – Not a requirement for competitors

11.30am – WSKA committee meeting and country representatives (Portrush Yacht Club). If your Country does not yet have a Representative, you may nominate one – please advise the WSKA Interim Chairman, John Watson.  The main topic of this meeting will be to discuss the structure of the WSKA.

2pm – Registration and boat check (East Strand)

4pm – Team managers meeting (Portrush Yacht Club)

7pm – Opening ceremony (Meet at Portrush Yacht club) – Competitors to gather outside Portrush Yacht Club at 7pm for a celebratory procession through Portrush. The teams will be led through Portrush by the musical members of the local Sea Scouts, who will do their very best to keep us all in step, as we march to the historic venue of Portrush Town Hall, where there will be an opportunity for everyone to relax, and meet up with friends old and new, while enjoying a light bite to eat.

The world famous Innova Irish Dance company will then treat us all to a wonderful performance of their signature style of tradition with a twist dancing, followed by an official welcome to the event by the mayor of the causeway coast and glens Borough Council, followed by information regarding the running and organisational elements of the event.

We are looking forward to such a grand and prestigious opening ceremony for the World Surf Kayak Championships

***Teams to bring an extra team flag and wear team kit***.

21st October

Due to strong winds, the competition will not be running. It will start again on the 22nd. The location and start time will be posted tomorrow.

No evening event planned

22nd October

Competition – East Strand – First heat will start at 8am and will run for the full day.

7.30pm – Traditional Irish Ceili (Magheraboy Hotel). The Ceili Dance is a fun, exciting and accessible way for everyone to experience Irish Dancing! Suitable for all ages, fitness levels and skill, we’ll have you learning the basic steps within minutes and by the end of the session, you’ll be performing some of the most popular dances at speed.

Participants will be guided by an experienced Ceili instructor (or “caller”) to walk you through the steps, professional traditional musicians providing the tunes and skilled Irish dancers to demonstrate the steps and make sure you’re in the right position.

With the emphasis on fun rather than perfection – it’s the perfect way for a group of people to get to know each other. So what are you waiting for – get ready to swing, kick and laugh your way around the dance floor?

Directions to the hotel

More details are available at

Youtube Video

23rd October

Competition – East Strand – First heat will start at 8 am and will run for the full day.

No evening event planned

24th October

Competition – Venue East Strand – First heat will start at 8am

7pm – Meeting for WSKA committee and Country Representatives. To continue the discussion and make decisions on WSKA structure and to hear from potential organisers of the 2019 World Championships.

8.30pm – Movie night at Kiwis Brew Bar, Portrush. Surf movie starting at 20:30 (new time) in the big cinema. Grab a beer and watch some hot surf kayak / waveski action on the big screen. Followed by a bit of chilled live music in the bar.


25th October

Competition day

East Strand – first heat may start at 8.20am, decision will be reviewed in the morning, however competitors should be usual as per usual for 8:20am

8pm – WSKA Open Meeting.  Open to all. To hear the recommendations of the committee and Country Representatives, to discuss and confirm any decisions further content to be planned by the WSKA committee and Country Representatives.

26th October

The competition is running at West Strand with the team event. The sky is clear and we have good waves.

Competition is now OVER

8pm – Music and social (Portrush Yacht Club) (More details soon)

27th October

Free day

28th October


The schedule for the closing ceremony is;

4 pm Buses leave East Strand for the following countries

  • Australia
  • Basque
  • Argentina
  • Galicia
  • France
  • Wales
  • England

4.30 pm Buses will leave East Strand for the following countries

  • Ulster
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • USA
  • British Islands
  • Portugal
  • Denmark
  • Sweeden

4.30 pm – 5.45 pm Everyone welcome to walk to the Giants Causeway Stones – please wear warm/waterproof clothing and sensible footwear, as the stones can be slippery.

6 pm Closing ceremony (This will start at 6 pm)

7 pm Move to the hotel for food

7.30 pm Mood music on arrival by Les Magee

10 pm Music by the Outlaws

12.00 am First bus home (First come first served)

12.30 am Second bus (First come first served)

1.00 am Third bus home (First come first served)

1.30pm Last bus home (If there is no room on this bus you will need to get a TAXI)

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