Battle for the Lake 28th – 30th September 2018

The 2018 Achill Island Battle for the Lake event will take place on the weekend of 28th – 30th September.

Official video of the 2017 Battle for the Lake Achill Island event is here:

Battle for the Lake 2017

The annual Battle for the Lake watersports and music festival is back bigger and better than ever before! This year the event includes:

  • Irish kitesurfing freestyle nationals in association with Pure Magic and the IKSA
  • SUP – Stand Up Paddle boarding on both lake and sea
  • Windsurfing – IWA (Irish Windsurfing Association) Tour in association with Bull Island Windsurf Club

Considered one of the best locations in the world for kite surfing, Achill Island’s Keel Lake will be transformed into a veritable water wonderland when the best kitesurfers from around the globe descend to showcase their spectacular skills, skimming the surface of Keel Lake with their gravity defying moves as they compete for the coveted crown of “King/Queen of the Lake”.

“Battle for the Lake” is a weekend of entertainment for all the family, young and old. Not alone will audiences be enthralled, entertained and captivated by the kitesurfing, SUP and windsurfing action, there will be plenty of activity out of the water as well. There will be live music on the lakeshore, a Kids Zone, funfair, Food Village & BBQ. Pure Magic Kitesurfing will also give kitesurfing demonstrations on the spectacular Keel beach, as well as introductory sessions of paddle boarding and kite surfing for newcomers to these increasingly popular watersports.

And the action doesn’t stop on Achill Island when the sun goes down! There is a fantastic line-up of music with 25 bands across three stages. This includes: Paddy Casey, Daithi, Vernon Jane, Military Road, Tadgh, Will Softly and Ruben Len10.

So grease up your surf board, shine your shades and head to the “Battle For the Lake” – a truly magical event. Bring your friends and family and enjoy the Pure Magic of Achill Island! For more information, inspiration and booking for the evening music events, visit or check the Facebook page,

Kitesurfing action at Achill Island's Battle for the Lake