Date of birth: 13/08/92
Hometown: Strandhill, Sligo, Ireland
Sponsors: FitnessforAll and Gul
Local break: Strandhill Beach
Favourite Trick: ARS
Favorite break: El Pico, Gran Canaria.
Favorite surfers: Pierre Louis Costes, Nick Gornall, Shambles
Other activities: Musician, Photography/videography, Fishing
Music you listen to before events: Tame Impala, Dungen, MOXIE, Seamie O'Dowd
Favorite board: I like a narrow 41" Crescent tailed board with 50/50 rails
Favorite suit: Flexor III 3/2
Why do you wear Gul Suits? Living in Ireland see's an array of weather conditions to deal with, so having wetsuits that provide optimum warmth, flexibility, comfort and durability are vital for performing to your full capability. That’s why I choose GUL!
Rory O'Dowd, 23 years old is a musician/bodyboarder coming from Ireland's famous bodyboard capital Strandhill Co.Sligo. He has been bodyboarding at a progressive level since 2005 and has been competing/free surfing for nearly 10 years now. He was unbeaten in the junior division and had secured multiple national junior titles as well as seeing the podium in the senior catagory many times whilst a junior. He also competed at the Junior European Championships multiple times with top 10 results. After a break from the competitive scene, solely enjoying free surfing, last year was his first full competitive season as a senior in Ireland. Rory competed on the Irish Surf Tour throughout the year and achieved the top spot in the overall rankings to secure his spot on the Irish Surf Team for Morocco. At the bi-annual European Surf Games, Rory finished 4th, the highest rank any Irish bodyboarder has ever achieved in the Open Bodyboard category at this event. This is the year he is planning to stay on top in Ireland, whilst gigging over the summer and teaching surfing. After summer he has motives on going bigger with moves and bigger waves and hopefully competing at an international event if one arises.
2016:4th Sr Euro Surf Games
2015: 1st Irish Surf Tour Mens Open Bodyboard
2007-2010: Junior National Bodyboard champ
2006: 13th Euro Jr Surf Games