Easkey Britton

Image of Easkey Britton (first on left) and her cousins in Rossnowlagh
Easkey Britton (first on left) and her cousins in Rossnowlagh

Easkey Britton was born into Ireland’s first family of surf on the wild west coast of Donegal.  Aged 26, this Rossnowlagh woman is a true disciple of the blessed ocean life and lives up to her namesake wave, the famous west coast break which can be translated to 'fish' in Irish. She started surfing at around four or five years old and has gone on to surf some of the world's heaviest waves, including the infamous hell-wave Teahupoo aged just 16. She hasn't looked back since!

Easkey is also the first woman to take on big-wave spots of Mullaghmore and Aileens at the Cliffs of Moher. She is most at home charging the cold waters off Donegal. With a 1st class BSc Hons Environmental Science, 2009, her passion for the ocean has also led her to study for a PhD in Human Wellbeing and Coastal Resilience. Other than surfing, her interests include Art (painting/sculpting), snowboarding, martial arts, yoga, pilates, scuba diving, free diving, surf lifesaving, playing the flute, traveling, wild places, environment, new places, people and cultures…

Easkey hit the headlines in September 2011 when she became the first woman ever to surf in Iran. Donning a full-length 'hijab swimsuit' she took to the waves in near 40 degree temperatures in Chabahar, a coastal town in southern Iran on the Pakistan border. A 60 minute documentary shot by French filmmaker Marion Poizeau charting her history-making surfing trip to Iran will premiere October 2012 on French TV. Easkey hopes to encourage more women and girls in the Middle East to take up surfing, recognising its growing popularity in the Gaza Strip.

Easkey Britton is leading the charge of the next generation of Ireland's surfers taking on the International surf scene. Her credits include: 

  • Ireland's 5 time National Champion
  • Billabong XXL Big Wave finalist (2011)
  • Top 5 finish at European Championships (2011)
  • UK Pro Tour champion (2009)
  • Former British Universities champion (2008)
  • 3 times Irish Intervarsities Champion
  • Irish surf team member from the age of 12