Doolin writers

Writers' Weekend

Doolin writers

Event date: 24th - 26th Jan 2020

Doolin Surf

Surf Festival

Doolin Surf

Event date: 20th - 22nd March 2020

Doolin Folk

Folk Festival

Doolin Folk

Event date: 12th - 14th June 2020



The Shorties


First Prize - TBC

Short film entries must not be more than five minutes run time. Entries are open to Body boarding, Surfing, Wind surfing, Stand up Paddle Boarding and Kite Boarding. To be eligible to enter this competition, entrants must live in Ireland for six months of the competition period. Entries must be submitted no later than the 15th March 2020.The Short list will be published by the 17th of March. There will be one overall winner. The best movie will be selected by an expert panel of judges on the night. Each movie will be examined on specific criteria including but not limited to the feel, surfing, the narrative, the colouring, the effort and the cinematography. If you would like to submit your film please review the conditions below and submit your film through WeTransfer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Doolin Surfest does not charge admin fees nor do we pay screening fees.
  • Submission must only be sent through WeTransfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • There will be no exceptions to the final submission date (15th March 2020)
  • All nominees & entrants must be over the age of 18 years.
  • One entry per surfer/videographer.
  • Movies must not be over five minutes and must be premiered at Doolin Surfest. Films that have being released previously online or featured in other short film compeitions will not be considered.
  • Movies must be cinema quality, Min resolution of 1920x1080 with a bit rate of 500mps, a quick time file encoded with H.264 codec.
  • By submitting your entry to the Doolin Surfest you are automatically giving permission to show the film at the festival. We would also appreciate any trailers to be submitted when available to be advertised through the festival social media.
  • It is at the discretion of the entrants but Doolin Surfest would like to publish each entrant’s films online throughout the year for future events.
  • Doolin Surfest and the competition director have full and final say on selections and scheduling of films. There is a designated time for the short film aspect of the festival and a large amount of entries. Doolin Surfest will not enter into discussions as to why an entry was not selected for the competition. There is a finite amount of time and we simply cannot show every entry. The Short list of movies to be screened will be published on the 17th of march 2020.
  • We want to hear from you. Tell us about your film (no more than 200 words). Explain the background, the hardship and your efforts to come to the final piece!
  • Two Doolin Surfest weekend tickets will be allocated to each shortlisted movie.


Tonn Mór


Celebrating hell people in Irish waters!. Entrants are to submit their best waves in three categories: Tonn Mór (biggest wave); Ride of the Year; Wipeout of the Year, surfed between March 2019 - March (15th) 2020.

We are proud to invite entries from both surfers and body boarders for this competition. We are also inviting both paddle and tow waves. There are no restrictions to the amount of times a person enters but it will be at the discretion of Doolin Surfest and the competitions director whether or not they are published.

Entries are to be sent through WeTransfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and will be published on Doolin Surfest Facebook. Entries will be examined and judged by a panel of experts. The final five waves in each category will be shown on the night and the winner will be announced. The shortlisted entries will be announced on the 17th of March.

Entries will only be accepted on within 4 weeks of the wave being surfed. We advice that you send your entry as fast as possible after the wave has being surfed. Waves submitted after 4 weeks of occurring will not be accepted to any of the Tonn Mór categories. Waves surfed between March 2019 and October 15th 2019 can be submitted up till October 15th 2019.


Tonn Mór Categories:


 1.Tonn Mór -

Prize - TBC

This award is for the biggest wave ridden. The judges will use techniques which estimate the height of the wave relative to the known height of the surfer while factoring in the distortion caused by the videos angle. The judges are urged to consider sustained performance throughout the entirety of a ride, including the overall quality of manoeuvres or critical positions achieved, and to evaluate the skill of the surfer in a challenging situation above the good fortune presented purely by the unique shape of a particular wave.


2. Ride of the Year -

Prize - TBC

This category will be judged on the size, heaviness, difficulty of the ride. This must be a successful ride of a wave from start to finish. It is not limited tow assist or paddle. Surfer/bodyboarder must complete the wave successfully- This is exiting the barrel/wave in full control.


 3.Wipe Out of the Year -

Prize - TBC

Very self explanatory...whatever makes our panel go ooooooh! Size, impact, hold down...they'll look at all the nitty grittys.


Conditions and Terms of entry.

  • The wave must be surfed within the period of March 2019 - March (15th) 2020.
  • Entrants must live in Ireland for a minimum of six months of the competition period.
  • Entrants must have permission for use of the video of the entry.
  • All nominees & entrants must be over the age of 18 years.
  • Video will only be permitted, unfortunately photos are not accepted as entries.
  • Videos must be submitted by WeTransfer no later than March 15th 2020 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - then published on the event YouTube channel .
  • Ultimately the best waves will be selected by the expert judges.
  • Entrants must include in the submission- Surfers name, location, height and videographers name.
  • Two weekend Doolin Surf tickets will be given per short listed wave.
  • By submitting an entry, Doolin Surfest retains the rights to publish the content for advertising use as well as permission to play the entry on the night of the event.

All aspects of the entries will be reviewed by our expert judges.


Doolin Surfest Wave of the Winter


First Prize Wave of the Winter: TBC

This category is open to all sorts of crafts, waves, styles, from longboard to boog to kite to sup, we're hoping to see cross-stepping, hang-tens, air-time, barrels, technically perfect rides on point breaks- we don't care as long as it's beautiful. We want to celebrate surfing in its most spectacular form- enter what you feel was your ‘Wave of the Winter’.



  • To enter in this contest, a surfer needs to successfully ride a wave during the competition period from March 2019 to March 15th 2020.
  • The entry must be submitted within four weeks of the wave being surfed or before the 15th of October 2019 if it is between March- October 2019.
  • Submissions must be submitted through WeTransfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Only video content is admissible.
  • A surfer is only eligible to submit an entry if they have been a resident in Ireland for six months of the competition period.
  • The submitted video must clearly show the start and finish of the wave. Additional angles are also accepted.
  • All nominees & entrants must be over the age of 18 years.
  • The videographer must have consent from the surfer to submit said wave. As well as the surfer must have consent from the videographer.
  • By submitting an entry, the videographer/surfer grants permission to Doolin Surfest to use the entry for future advertising and to grants permission to be published online.
  • The final five waves from the entry period will be chosen by the panel of judges.
  • Two weekend Doolin Surfest tickets will be given per short listed wave.
  • Entrants are unable to enter the same wave into ‘Wave of the Winter’ and the Tonn Mór competition.

By participating, surfers and videographers acknowledge they are participating at their own risk and that neither Hotel Doolin nor any sponsor is responsible for any physical harm or death that may befall any surfer or videographer as a result of participation in this contest.