Irish / Basque exchange
Thank you to all the participants that took part. Your names are written in the Cross Culture Surf history book!


  • Sean Cahill
  • Moe Connagh
  • Rory Dunne
  • Tariq El Masri
  • Conor Flynn
  • Chelsea Griffin
  • Tom Halpin
  • Christopher Hearty
  • Peter Kosinski
  • Abbie McNamara
  • Andrew Mullen
  • Dylan Noonan
  • Nicole Pigott
  • Rosey Regan
  • Jono, Tim, Leah, Natalie (leaders)


  • Martxel Elizondo
  • Pello Alkain
  • Gaizka San Justo
  • Xabier Aramburu
  • Mikel Lizarraga
  • Ander Ibarguren
  • Unai Otaegui
  • Elene Quintana
  • Laia Gerrikagoitia
  • Oihana Gimenez
  • Oihana Arzallus
  • Izaskun Elu
  • Irene Loizate
  • Maddalen Irastorza
  • Irati Noain
  • Joseba, Iñigo, Julen, Zaloa (leaders)


  • Matt Coleman
  • Pello Salaberria

Ireland / Basque Country 2012 > Lahinch

The first ever Cross Culture Surf exchange took place in Eater 2012, between Ireland and the Basque Country. The exchange was pioneered and organised by Joseba Attard, Jono Griffin (The Surf Project) and Zutundu. It was funded by the European Union Youth in Action scheme.

30 young people aged 14-17 (15 Basque and 15 Irish traveled to Lahinch (Ireland) where they were able to experience Irish culture in a dynamic and fun learning environment. Activities included daily surf lessons with the Lahinch Surf School, cultural identity workshops, team building challenges and a whole host of activites and excursions especially designed to promote inter-cultural dialogue and understanding.

It was a fantastic opportunity to experience a new culture and to make new friends!

We would like to thank everyone that helped make this first exchange possible including: Aer Lingus, Duncan, Carol, Colin, Tina and the whole team at the West Coast LodgePete McNamara Bus hireJohn McCarthy and the Lahinch Surf SchoolDavid OlsthoornBen Bennett, and the good people of Lahinch!