Cathal Bennett, better known as Ben is the main driving force behind the Surf Clinic. Originally, from Kildare Ben has been surfing since 1994. Since completing his Irish Surf Association (I.S.A.) Instructors course in 1995; surfing and surf instructing has been his passion and way of life.
He has surfed in numerous locations around the globe, including trips to California, South America, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia.
Although he loves surfing, instructing others and introducing them to the waves has been what he enjoys the most.
He has instructed in schools in Mayo, Donegal, and Clare, giving him a good working knowledge of many of the surf breaks on Irelands West coast. He completed the joint I.S.A. / Australian Surf Associations Level 3 course Ben trained for more technically challenging surf coaching.
The Surf Clinic gives him a chance to introduce a higher standard and level of surfing coaching to surfers of all abilities that feel they need a “few tips to move them to the next step”.
Ben has recently completed a Master in Sports Psychology which has assisted him in his ability to coach surfers of all levels. He is continually looking for new and alternative methods to aiding surfer get the best from their surfing.
Ben has recently recruited some of the most experienced and enthusiastic instructors in the Clare area. All are experienced surfers with over four years’ instructional experience and fully qualified lifeguards and Surf coaches
Richie Mcgloughlin (Irish Surf Association Level 2 Coach & Beach Lifegaurd)
Richie is a Carlow native who has been surfing in Lahinch since 1995. Based in Lahinch since, he can be found in the water somewhere when not coaching, either longboarding on the small days or out on his short board in the winter swells. His calm quiet manner, attention to detail and technical awareness makes him a fantastic coach.
Cian Curren (ISA Level 2 Coach)
Cian a Galway native has been surfing since he was 17 and a coach for over 5 years. Working not only in Ireland Cian also gained some fantastic surf coaching experience in Costa Rica. Cian loves to surf and when he can mix it with travelling the man is never happier. He has surfed everywhere from South America to Morocco and Austrilia, but loves the winters in Clare, recently getting out in some of the bigger spots along the Clare coast. With years of instructional experience in both surfing and climbing, chilled to the bone and right on the botton with his tips, a surf session or two with Cian will open up a whole new view of surfing for you.
Paul Joyce (ISA Level 2 Coach)