Welcome to Ireland’s first real surfing magazine. ‘Tonnta’ in the native tongue means ‘Waves’. Our mission statement is simple – publish a quality magazine devoted purely to the growing number of Irish men, women and children happily pursuing the ancient and noble art of riding waves on surfboards. In doing so we will continue to uncover all sorts of coastal-related stories while exploring what it means to be an Irish surfer today. We also present profiles, stories and images from the seashore that reflect the unique aspects of Irish surfing, as well as its history, heritage and culture. And we feature regular articles and updates on various issues that affect the Irish coastline with expert opinions from qualified people. Items of interest from the international surfing world are also included. A full-colour glossy magazine, Tonnta is available four times a year at Eason’s outlets, good surf shops and adventure stores throughout Ireland.
It’s Tonnta’s tenth issue so we are celebrating this small but none too insignificant publishing milestone with a Special Collector’s Edition. It’s all about Ireland’s Best Ten Surfing Things. And it will be available at Eason’s outlets (upon request) and all good surf and adventure stores around Ireland. Here’s what you will see this issue:
In Focus: More gob smacking images from some of our dedicated surf photographers. Bail ó Dhia ar an Oibre!
Mail Bag: Some letters from here and afar expressing various observations and opinions. Keep ‘em coming folks!
Murphy’s Bookstore: Looking for a good read? Here are ten surfing-related books that will keep up your stoke levels during flat spells or in between sessions.
Film Club: We list our best ten surf films ever made from Hollywood classics to amazing documentaries.
Music Café: Our resident saineolaí ceoltóir Liam Ahern takes time to list his ten best Irish albums – no easy task!
Uniquely Irish: Ten good reasons why we can all be proud to be an Irish surfer
Mickey Smith’s Best Ten Sessions: Ace surfing lensman Mickey Smith presents us with his ten best ever Irish surf sessions and some amazing stories to go with his outstanding pics. Wow!
Our Best Ten Waves: We countdown from ten to one the best Irish waves. Did we miss any? Do you agree with our list? Then check it out…
Ireland’s Best Surfers: Our panel of Dave Blount, Richie Fitzgerald, James O’Callaghan, Murph and Graham Collins discuss the best surfers in Ireland including men, women, legends and groms.
Ten Heaviest Waves: The panel also discuss the most dangerous waves in Ireland. Is it the deep water bombies or the shallow death slabs? Read on…
Best Ten This & Best Ten That: To celebrate our 10th issue we’ve included some additional pages scattered throughout which offer a list on a wide range of things from our best beach breaks, ten good surf vehicles, ten best pubs and food stops, ten golden rules and our ten most significant moments of Irish surfing. Loads there to think about and disagree with…
So get out there, support your local surf shop, buy the bloody thing and enjoy!