Easkey Britton

Easkey Britton lives for the big waves. She is a professional big wave surfer from Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal. Surfing and adventure are in her genes. Her uncles and father were some of the first surfers in Ireland after their mother returned home from America with two surfboards intended as decorations for the family hotel.

Easkey was called after her parents’ favourite wave on the west coast of Ireland and says she grew up on a surfboard.  She has been surfing from a very young age and due to hard work and dedication, she is a five time Irish national surfing champion and a UK tour champion. She was the only woman to be invited to the International ‘Billabong/Monster Tow Surf Session’ in 2011 and she was the first Irish woman to be nominated for the Billabong XXL Awards for Girls Performance of the Year 2011. Easkey holds the title of being the first female surfer to ride the big wave ‘Aill na Searrach’ off the Cliffs of Moher – a 15 foot wave which became famous due to its inclusion in the Irish documentary film Waveriders.

In 2013 Easkey travelled to Iran to become the first woman to surf there. She went on to set up Waves of Freedoma programme which encourages women to learn to surf as a way of expressing themselves.

‘It’s strange. You get lulled into a false sense of calm in the summertime because the sea is so tame. You don’t get a chance to ease yourself into it in the winter. No matter what I do, I never feel prepared enough, then once you get back into it it’s incredible.’

Easkey Britton