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Blog It Forward – Eoin Hurley

Hello Everyone,

I was blogged forward by Pedro Freitas BIF. We are both part of the same team (ERP SD) but I’ve unfortunately never actually met Pedro in real life. He works in Porto Alegre, Brazil and I work in Dublin, Ireland.

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My name is Eoin Richard Hurley, I am 27 years old and I’m from Dublin. I joined SAP in May 2011 after finishing my Masters degree. I actually grew up less than 5km from the Dublin office but I never realized it was here until I joined πŸ™‚ .

SAP is my first job after finishing my studies in Business/IT and it’s been great so far. SAP even allowed me to take a career break so I could go traveling around South East Asia and Australia πŸ™‚ .

Fun fact about my country/yourself

Ireland is typically well known for Guinness, leprechauns and St. Patrick but in the last 5 years or so it has also become famous as a destination for winter surfing.

The west coast of Ireland gets hammered by the stormy Atlantic Ocean which means huge waves. It has been predicted that there are swells off the Donegal coast capable of producing 120ft waves.

With all this hype and the various news stories on the Irish surfing scene I decided to try it out for the first time with a few of friends last February. I had been surfing before a couple of times in Australia but I still considered myself a complete novice. Plus in Australia it was nice and warm, Irish weather was going to add a whole new level of difficulty to the task πŸ™‚

We traveled down to Enniscrone in County Sligo which is a 3.5 hour drive across the country from East to North West. It’s a small village that is very busy during the summer months but very quiet (except for surfers) in the winter.

We had a great time and the surfing wasn’t a complete disaster. The beach we went to would be considered a beginner beach or maybe even intermediate. The ocean is very rough but the waves are not that big. We managed to catch some after about 60 mins of being thrown off the board.

The cold temperature of the water is something that is hard to comprehend. Even with the winter wet suit which is about 4mm thick it is a big shock to the system.

Here are some pictures of the trip I took with my GoPro camera:



To give you some idea of the locations involved here is a map of the surf spots in relation to the SAP offices in Ireland.


The location of our surf trip is highlighted in the yellow box. County Donegal is highlighted with the red box in case you guys ever want to try surf those 120ft waves πŸ˜‰

You can read more about Irish winter surfing here Everything you need to know about winter surfing in Ireland, you brave soul

Questions asked by Pedro

Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?

  • Travel around South America
  • Write a book
  • Spend more time in Asia
  • Make some music or play live on stage
  • Watch Arsenal Football Club win another Premier League title or at least go to London and watch more games live in in the stadium.

If you were given by your work a full day every week to do whatever you feel like, what would it be?

  • Play football (soccer)

If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?

  • I’ve never given this one much though. Maybe a foreign language or history teacher!?

General Questions

If you were 20 again, what would you study?

  • History

What do you enjoy most in your work and why?

  • Flexi-time hours. It allows me to fit in all my hobbies

If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?

  • Dennis Bergkamp


Blogging It Forward

I’d like to blog it forward to the following people:

Conor Harkin

Michael Shields

Gerard Magorrian

Ian Kehoe

Conall O’Malley

Marian O’Connell

Sally Redmond

And I would be happy if they could answer these:

  • What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?
  • What is your personal life dream?
  • What is your professional life dream?

I hope you enjoyed my BIF! Feel free to comment or ask me any questions you’d like in the comments below!

Please remember to follow the Blog It Forward Chain in order to be updated when the people you “Blog It Forward” to post the links to their “Blog It Forward” blogs.

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      Author's profile photo Christian Rosa
      Christian Rosa

      Hello Eoin, 120 fts wave ???? I would prefer spare the energy on Australian safer waves πŸ™‚ . I also do some surfing sessions here in Brazil but when it is swelling I get some tan in the sand with the girls lol. Very nice BIF to read, cheers !!

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      Cheers Christian,

      haha I've never even seen a 120 ft wave but apparently they exist in some parts. Actually an Irish-American guy surfed a 100ft wave off Portugal last year -

      The places we go are quite rough but the waves are normal height. I think you would need some serious skills to handle the big ones.

      Sounds like the Brazilian surfing experience is much more fun πŸ™‚ Not much chance of a tan in Ireland in February or any time of year for that matter.

      Author's profile photo Mariano Cabalen
      Mariano Cabalen

      Hi Eoin, nice BIF.

      I did not know that you could surf in Ireland.. Anyway, I would insist with the beers!

      All the best for you!

      Kind Regards,


      Author's profile photo Marssel Vilaça
      Marssel Vilaça

      Hello! Nice BIF

      I had practice surfboard. Longboard is awsome. Definitely I will try someday.

      Thanks for sharing


      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan

      Hi Eoin,

      Welcome to the #BIF Family!  That is so cool (literally) about winter surfing.  I'd definitely come to Ireland for the beer (and the friends) but maybe I'd save my surfing for Hawaii.

      What foreign language would you teach?  And besides Guiness, what other beers would you rank as your favorites?


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      Former Member
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      Hi Sue,

      Thanks. Hawaii would be nice!

      I speak German so I'd probably teach German here in Ireland. There were also a lot of opportunities for Irish students to teach English in Asia so I definitely considered that as an option when I graduated.

      I tend to drink Guinness around Christmas time. Normally I would drink Heineken or sometimes Coors Light. There is also an emerging craft beer market in Ireland which makes it easy to try something new from time to time.


      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      You should come visit in Seattle. I think we must be craft beer central here. There are twelve microbreweries within walking distance of my home.

      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      Love the surf photos, and the map is a nice, helpful touch, too. Great BIF!

      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt

      Nice to know more personal details about colleagues in Dublin.  For the record there is a Dublin office in California too. πŸ˜‰ So a quick glance at your map was very helpful for orientation and to clear any confusion about surfing and countries.

      What an unusual hobby and challenging one.  Indeed a brave soul.  I tried diving for the first time in my life in Australia this past spring (early fall there) and I loved the fact that the waters were warm.  Having grown up on the Atlantic (New York side) I can attest to cold water being daunting. Cannot imagine braving the waves in winter.

      Would love to hear more about your professional stuff as well.


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      Former Member
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Marilyn,

      Ask me any questions you like on my professional stuff πŸ™‚

      We could connect on LinkedIn too if you like



      Author's profile photo Ian Kehoe
      Ian Kehoe

      Great photos and BIF Eoin! Well done πŸ™‚

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      Former Member
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Ian πŸ™‚ I hope to read your gamechanging BIF soon

      Author's profile photo Sally Redmond
      Sally Redmond

      Little did I realise how well travelled and sporty the Dublin SD team are.. need to up my game to keep up with ye all!

      Author's profile photo Christophe Sturzel
      Christophe Sturzel


      I knew you have a lot of talents but surfing was a hidden one.

      Author's profile photo Moshe Eliezer Naveh
      Moshe Eliezer Naveh

      Hope you're enjoying your new BIF badge:)

      Author's profile photo Marian O'Connell
      Marian O'Connell

      Nice BIF Eoin. Great pics too