Joe Roddy, Dundalk, Ireland.
Joe was surfing as early as 1949. The son of an Irish lighthouse keeper, he built his own four-metre paddle-board made mostly from discarded tea chests and lashings of sturdy lighthouse paint. Joe got the design from a woodworker’s manual but, with all the materials required to build such a craft in short supply after World War II, was forced to improvise. (For more info see history section)
Some of the Silver Surfers
This is by no means a complete list of the surfers who started it all off here in Ireland but it’s a selection of the characters around at the time…