Fergal Smith grew up on an organic vegetable farm outside a town called Westport in County Mayo, Ireland. He now lives in County Clare. He was lucky enough that his family had a caravan on Achill island and that is where they spent our weekends throughout the summer. His Dad gave surfing a try and as soon as he let Fergal and him brother Kevin have a go that was it. He didn’t grow up on a beach so just getting to go surfing was a real buzz. Still now having the freedom to surf where he pleases and living close to the ocean, he feel truly lucky. He loves living in Ireland as its hard work to surf those rare good days but the waves they have more than pay them back for their effort. He has taken a step back from surfing to return to his roots and focus on a more sustainable life in his home country.
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