Advertising manager Graham Collins and editor Wayne Murphy are dedicated surf addicts who, between them, have amassed more than 60 years surfing experience. Graham, from county Cork, is respected by his peers as one of Ireland’s most enthusiastic surfers, often travelling hundreds of miles at night in search of early morning waves. Graham has also travelled overseas extensively for surf and is a regular visitor to Indonesia. He is also a keen ocean swimmer.
Wayne was born and raised in Western Australia and worked with the Association of Surfing Professionals as a judge and commentator. He also wrote a regular surfing column for the Sunday Times in Perth and Tracks magazine. He arrived in Ireland ten years ago to start a new life in the land of his parents and ancestors. An enthusiastic Irish speaker Wayne also has a first class honours degree in Irish heritage studies. He lives and surfs in Mayo.
Photo editor Paudie Scanlon is studying for a PhD in applied particle physics. He is from county Clare and grew up in Lahinch where his old boy was one of the local pioneer surfers. Paudie loves taking surfing photos from both the land and water in his spare time. He is also an enthusiastic ball-room dancer.
Layout artist David Alcock hails from Newquay in Cornwall. He is a keen surfer whenever he can get away from working on his computers. Besides helping put Tonnta together each issue David is also responsible for the layout of several other popular surfing magazines published across the water.
Sub editor and proof reader Proofreader Kat Dawes grew up inland but moved to the coast as soon as possible, studying in Wales before travelling then landing a job with CARVE and SurfGirl magazines. Now a freelance writer, she is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University, which involves researching (and writing) surf fiction and asking why there isn’t more of it! Her blog is at www.surfergrl.co.uk check it out!
Roving reporter Easkey Britton has won numerous Irish and British surf championships. From Rosnowlagh in county Donegal she has spent the last few years studying media at Queens University in county Antrim. She is also one of Ireland’s best-travelled surfers and was the first female to tow surf at Aileens. Easkey is also respected surf coach and lifesaver.
Staff photographers Mickey Smith and Aaron Pierce are well known here and abroad for their amazing images from along the Irish coastline, especially when the surf gets massive. Mickey is also a fearless bodyboarder. His steely resolve and inquisitive nature helped pioneer many new breaks along the Irish coastline.
Animators Kieron Black and Barry Britton are the creators of Fishman and Single Finn McCool. Kieron, from county Down, also works as a cartoonist for high-profile American publications such as the Financial Times. Barry’s unique Celtic surf art can also be seen on the Inter County surf contest posters each year. He is one of Ireland’s most stylish surfers and is a regular in the line-up at The Peak in Donegal where he lives and surfs.
Accounts manager Sinead Forde is a Cork-based solicitor who recently took to the surf and hasn’t looked back. Legal expert Kevin Nagle is also from Cork and was one of the first surfers to pioneer many of the breaks in the southwest. He is still a keen surfer today.
Website is managed by Sean Lordan an Pete Fleming. Both of which contribute regularly to the Magazine.