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Grassroots Returns to Ballyhass in 2017

First stop of the grassroots tour is happening at Ballyhass on the June Bank Holiday weekend. 

On Saturday June 3rd the ever popular Grassroots tour comes back to Ballyhass. We are stoked to see that this year there will be 4 different stops of the Grassroots tour happening during the season. The most ever held in one season. Check out the dates below and full details of the weekend.

Ballyhass Stop 1 June 3rd

Wakedock Stop 2 June 24th

Wakedock Stop 3 September 16th

Ballyhass Stop 4 October 7th FINALS

The grassroots is open for all levels of riders and is the perfect way to start your competitive career, meet new friends, show off to your old ones and soak up the vibe on the dock which tends to be incredible! 


For those of you, who have not been on site before we have several self catering houses on site that are the perfect place to base yourself for the comp weekend. We have three and four bedroom houses sleeping 5 and 7 respectively. See the full details on the houses here Alternatively we have a campsite with showers and toilets avilable.

Prices for the weekend: 

3 Bed: €425

4 Bed: €475

Camping: €15pp for the weekend. 


Scheduled warm ups have went well in the past so once again due to the large number of expected competitors we have scheduled warm up times especially for the riders staying on site. We will send out a scheduled list on the Thursday of the event week. There are nine/ten riders on the park per hour for the first three hours. If everyone arrives on time each rider should get the bones of a full set split between the East and the West park. If you arrive late you are sacrificing your own warm up time. 

Please register at reception a minimum of 30 minutes before your warm up slot on the day. And be on the dock ready to go 15 minutes before your warm slot starts.  

The entry fee is €50 for general entry. €40 for members & U16's. This includes, Friday evening jam 5pm to 8pm, morning coffees, lunch, cable time, Sunday Morning Jam 10am to 1pm & competition tee! 

PRO COMP €50 Entry

If you arrive on Friday please register then for the comp! It will save us time on the Saturday and it should make for a super relaxed day. You can also pre register online here 


See the link below of the divisions info for you to have a look at if you are not sure which division to compete in. If you're still not sure no worries, just ask us on the day and we will talk you through it and watch your warm up run.

We will have a judge over again from Industry wakeparks so stay tuned for information on that.


This year rather than holding pro demos we will be asking the sponsored riders to stay out of the open category and compete head to head for a prize purse of €500!! We hope that this will encourage people to step up to the higher categories that they are well able of competing in, while also giving the pros an opportunity to compete head to head for the prize money. It will allow us all to see them out on the water for more time and in a new format. There will be 8 slots open for this comp. Sponsored riders will get pioroity but if you fancy your chances anyone can purchase an entry.  

More details will follow on this next week and registration details. 


We are holding a series of Jam sessions over the weekend. The first one being a competition jam on Friday night from 5.00pm to 8pm. This is first come first served. We wont be allowing more than 20 riders on the dock so get in early. Equally with general sets on Friday, there are only ever a few left on the East park so if you are only arriving down on Friday please make sure to book in ASAP. There will also be a detox Jam on Sunday morning from 10 to 13.00 for those of you feeling fresh enough! Please don't book in unless you're serious about that one!!! The Jam will finish strictly at 13.00. Not everyone will get time it just isnt possible guys so please dont arrive at 12 and expect a 15 minute set. Equally if you arrive early and get loads of time on the cable, give way and try and let other people on. 


Once the open categories end the Pro Comp will kick off which we hope will take no longer than 60mins. After the judges deliberate the winners will be announced in the board room between 18.30 & 20.00. The winners of the grassroots stop will be announced first followed by the prize giving for the pro comp. 

We will be having an after party in the Board room. There will be a live band going late so please BYOB and settle in for an awesome evening on the lake side. There will be Hot toddies to warm you up and heaters & marquees to keep you that way for the rest of the night!  


Please check in at reception anytime after 12pm on Friday. Campers are free to arrive at anytime and set up.     


If you haven't seen it yet check out the promo video that was made for the one of last years weekend. Jakub will be there shooting the edit of the day so this could be footage of you in couple of weeks! Please share and let's get a buzz going about the weekend.

Looking forward to seeing you all down in the next couple of days. 

Eoghan, Eddie, Elaine, Taran, Tim & all the Ballyhass Team.

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