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C. Flower
11-11-2010, 06:54 PM
There was a lot of talk about a record wave surfed off Ireland last week.

This was another record this year, broken at Lahinch

http://www.surfersvillage.com/surfing/21746/news.htm

http://www.surfersvillage.com/img/st/practice-sunday-world-rec.jpg

Edo
11-11-2010, 06:59 PM
Yeah me mates were down at that - feckin lunatics - meself and the missus left them to their madness and retired to the bar!

C. Flower
11-11-2010, 07:00 PM
YouTube - Mullaghmore Oct 2010.m4v

C. Flower
11-11-2010, 07:02 PM
40 foot waves off the West coast

http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/1109/surfing.html

C. Flower
11-11-2010, 07:07 PM
Webcam of Doolin and Llangennith surf

http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Doolin-Point/webcams/latest

Anyone here surf?

simonj
11-11-2010, 07:16 PM
Yup!

5intheface
11-11-2010, 07:21 PM
Anyone here surf?

Used to surf in kayaks CF, top spot for me was a sandbar opposite a Cappucian? Priory/Friary? at Ards on Sheephaven Bay in Donegal.

Boxing Day at one of the strands in Portrush or Portstewart was a date in the Diary for years.

On one occassion, a girl with us came in vertical, nose-dived in the sand smashing her footrests and 'coffined' herself in the boat. She broke a wrist, dislocated a shoulder and cut her ankles to ribbons.

That stuff above would have been much too much for me. :eek:

*Runs and hides*

C. Flower
11-11-2010, 07:23 PM
Yup!

Dy'want to link your site ? :)

Ah Well
11-11-2010, 07:28 PM
Ah memories ... ;)

Didn't surf but did a lot of bodyboarding at one stage (surf dudes might look down their nose :p)

Found it great fun anyhoo, nothing like getting an "ice cream headache" in early January in the Atlantic ... one hell of a cure for hangovers too :D

Used to frequent Lahinch, Spanish Point, Ballybunion, Garretstown in Cork and a place called Rocky Bay also in Cork

Feels like a lifetime ago now - where have the years gone :(

5intheface
11-11-2010, 07:30 PM
one hell of a cure for hangovers too :D

The best bar none.

TotalMayhem
11-11-2010, 10:25 PM
Aileens off the Cliffs of Moher

YouTube - Big Wave Surfing @ Aileen's, Easter 2009

musashi
11-11-2010, 10:36 PM
Webcam of Doolin and Llangennith surf

http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Doolin-Point/webcams/latest

Anyone here surf?

Been surfing the west coast for 15 years. Lahinch, Bundoran, Nth Kerry; it's cold as s**t and irregular but when the sets come, they come in spades. There's a rake of surf schools here if you're thinking about giving it a go.

musashi
11-11-2010, 10:53 PM
Used to surf in kayaks CF, top spot for me was a sandbar opposite a Cappucian? Priory/Friary? at Ards on Sheephaven Bay in Donegal.

Boxing Day at one of the strands in Portrush or Portstewart was a date in the Diary for years.

On one occassion, a girl with us came in vertical, nose-dived in the sand smashing her footrests and 'coffined' herself in the boat. She broke a wrist, dislocated a shoulder and cut her ankles to ribbons.

That stuff above would have been much too much for me. :eek:

*Runs and hides*

:D
When I was young and dumb, living in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, I went out in a monster storm. The current dragged my stupid ass for 1 kilometer along razor sharp rocks, shredded me, broke my board and washed me up half drownded at The Cove surrounded by surfers with more sense. Still have the scars - and of course my near-death surfing yarn :)

simonj
12-11-2010, 05:47 PM
Dy'want to link your site ? :)

Which one? both are on the back burner for rebuilds.
irishsurfer.com has been online since 2000, but is undergoing a major prolonged indepth drydock, and that project keeps extending out.
Mind you, it served its purpose in linking different groups of surfers to address common issues across the island.

worldsurfradio.com podcasts (not just surfing) are still available at
http://worldsurf.libsyn.com/

Readers here might find the obama podcast of intrest - it was done as guest host over at accidenthash in November 08

C. Flower
13-11-2010, 02:09 AM
Some nice west coast waves being surfed -

http://www.b3ta.com/links/557042

C. Flower
06-12-2010, 03:37 PM
http://s3.amazonaws.com/twitpic/photos/large/204007103.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=0ZRYP5X5F6FSMBCCSE82&Expires=1291650753&Signature=uAHJPmzoqY%2F7BY8OL5SzDNfN9Q8%3D

C. Flower
27-02-2011, 11:02 AM
:D
When I was young and dumb, living in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, I went out in a monster storm. The current dragged my stupid ass for 1 kilometer along razor sharp rocks, shredded me, broke my board and washed me up half drownded at The Cove surrounded by surfers with more sense. Still have the scars - and of course my near-death surfing yarn :)

Must have been quite a sight :D

musashi
27-02-2011, 06:47 PM
Must have been quite a sight :D

I got a few double-takes as I hobbled back to the lifeguard for first aid.

C. Flower
22-03-2011, 04:51 PM
I see from today's IT that Clare County Council has voted to spend 6 million euro on a new pier at Doolin that Failte Ireland and the Irish surfing association say will spoil the Crab Island and Doolin surf.

FG FF and many local people supporting it. Sure what would Failte Ireland know about tourism...

MauriceColgan
22-03-2011, 05:08 PM
I see from today's IT that Clare County Council has voted to spend 6 million euro on a new pier at Doolin that Failte Ireland and the Irish surfing association say will spoil the Crab Island and Doolin surf.

FG FF and many local people supporting it. Sure what would Failte Ireland know about tourism...

Took a boat trip from Doolin to the closest Aran island. The swells were so High they had all on board gripping each other with white knuckles showing.

One American on the return trip said, Never ever again will you get me on this boat!

On board looking up to those waves high above the small boat was a little unnerving even for this veteran of force ten gales on the mailboat from Liverpool to Dublin. Time and again.
1963 the most memorable when my specs were nearly blown from my face as I went on deck,like a fool, to see the dramatic seas.

musashi
22-03-2011, 06:53 PM
Took a boat trip from Doolin to the closest Aran island. The swells were so High they had all on board gripping each other with white knuckles showing.

One American on the return trip said, Never ever again will you get me on this boat!

On board looking up to those waves high above the small boat was a little unnerving even for this veteran of force ten gales on the mailboat from Liverpool to Dublin. Time and again.
1963 the most memorable when my specs were nearly blown from my face as I went on deck,like a fool, to see the dramatic seas.

It's even scarier on a board, colder tho.

C. Flower
17-06-2011, 04:34 PM
Surf's up in Sligo :D

http://thescore.thejournal.ie/the-surf-report-summer-what-summer-157943-Jun2011/?utm_source=shortlink

Sam Lord
17-06-2011, 04:44 PM
Took a boat trip from Doolin to the closest Aran island. The swells were so High they had all on board gripping each other with white knuckles showing.

One American on the return trip said, Never ever again will you get me on this boat!



I did it once with the family when the ferry people said that there would be no more trips that day because the weather was just too bad. I talked them into it. :) Just us on the boat and a sea from hell. Getting off at the pier was very interesting with the boat going up and down like a yo yo. They tried getting people on to take them back but gave up ....

C. Flower
07-09-2011, 08:45 PM
Just watching "Gethin Jones Danger Spots" - newbie celeb sportsman tackling big waves.
He started in South Africa then headed to Ireland to give our biggest wave a crack.
Mad Welsh guys with a death wish :)

"This place is evil - when you're out there you feel like you're at the edge of the world"

C. Flower
07-09-2011, 08:54 PM
6.30 a.m. a howling gale in the half light in Mullaghmore on the strand. Gethin is told to forget it. The rest of the crew head out, with a safety boat beside them. Forty five foot waves can happen, 10 minutes west of the harbour by jet ski. Isn't that three houses high?

Ah Well
07-09-2011, 11:38 PM
6.30 a.m. a howling gale in the half light in Mullaghmore on the strand. Gethin is told to forget it. The rest of the crew head out, with a safety boat beside them. Forty five foot waves can happen, 10 minutes west of the harbour by jet ski. Isn't that three houses high?

Met.ie's prediction for Sunday-ish will get 'em plenty waves to play around with/on/under

DCon
07-09-2011, 11:43 PM
I love this clip. Makes me wish I could surf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FeSQ_hXOsg

Ah Well
07-09-2011, 11:48 PM
I love this clip. Makes me wish I could surf


Ah, you can always try this instead ;)

http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-bodyboard

Viewed by some no doubt like they view pitch and putt compared to golf

Have to say tho I body boarded for a while and it was great fun - nothing like an "ice cream headache" in the Atlantic in early january - the cure for all hangovers :D

Can't surf tho :D

5intheface
07-09-2011, 11:52 PM
Can't surf tho :D

How hard can it be?

Surfing FAIL - YouTube

Ah Well
08-09-2011, 12:04 AM
Yup, body/boogie boarding can be fun indeed :D

BODYBOARD - Copacabana - Posto 5 - "Sorriso" - YouTube

TotalMayhem
21-09-2011, 07:54 PM
Some great surfing photos from around the world:

In the Surf (http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/09/in-the-surf/100148/)

http://i.imgur.com/6rLF3.jpg

And OT: Taking wakeskating to a new height (http://www.wimp.com/wakeskatingheight/)... amazing footage. ;)

C. Flower
01-10-2011, 08:44 AM
http://eurosurfbundoran.com/?gclid=CNywn4j-xqsCFSNItAodrFTJ3w

The surf was good last week reportedly.

The European Surfing Championships continue this weekend at Bundoran.

fluffybiscuits
01-10-2011, 08:54 PM
Tried surfing lessons in lahinch a few years ago, I cou;dnt fit into the wetsuit and when I did try wearing it i was like a starfish trying to walk it was that tight!

C. Flower
14-10-2011, 12:04 AM
Another reason for surfing around Ireland.

You are not likely to find yourself surfing a shark.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/oct/13/man-surfs-great-white-shark

TotalMayhem
14-10-2011, 03:28 AM
You are not likely to find yourself surfing a shark.


Contrary to popular belief sharks do occur around the coasts of Ireland and Britain. At least 21 species,of shark occur around the coasts of Britain, from the small-spotted catshark to the large streamlined porbeagle and plankton eating basking shark. At least half of Irish and British sharks,including the dogfish, porbeagle and basking shark, are resident off the Irish and British coast all year round.

Blue sharks and makos are seasonal visitors, appearing in Irish and British waters in summer during their trans-Atlantic migrations. A few species, smooth hammerhead and frilled shark may be vagrants, occurring infrequently off the coast, with their main distribution ranges being outside British waters. At least 11 shark species, including the Portuguese dogfish, black dogfish, kite fin shark and gulper sharks are only found in deep water.

Heck, our sharks are even larger than those Great Whites. :D


In 2009, a Swiss pensioner has brought ashore what he believes to be the largest ever fish caught by a rod and line in Irish and British waters off the Co Clare coast.

Sixgills can grow up to 5.5 metres, Porbeagles up to 3 metres.

Dr. FIVE
14-10-2011, 03:40 AM
:mad:

There was supposed to be a festival in Clare this year but


Cold Pro Festival 2011 – Official Press Release.

This morning, due to factors outside of the organizers control, Cold
Pro festival has been forced to postpone our collective celebration of surf,
sounds and soul until a later date.

Events that have transpired during the last 72 hours have made it
impossible for the festival to go ahead as planned on the June bank
holiday weekend.

The ‘Powers that be’ have unfortunately and sadly decided that County
Clare and indeed Ireland will have to wait much longer for a festival like this
to be able to function as we envision it.

All of us at Cold Pro festival have put our hearts and souls into
creating an independent event run by the people for the people, and we
would like to sincerely apologize to every person that has come on
board or was as excited as us, and thank all that were aspiring to
help out or come and party with us.

We are aiming to come back stronger than ever to run the festival in
2012, possibly in a different part of Ireland, but still with the same
ideals and creative vision as the driving force behind it.

All ticket holders will be refunded in full ASAP via ticketmaster.

All the best

Cold Pro



The perils of not pimping yourself to Diageo I suppose.

C. Flower
14-10-2011, 11:46 AM
:mad:

There was supposed to be a festival in Clare this year but




The perils of not pimping yourself to Diageo I suppose.

No planning permission?

TotalMayhem
16-10-2011, 12:01 AM
Woah, amazing!!!

Mickey Smith - Dark Side of the Lens - YouTube

Do yourself a favour, go to youtube and watch it there in Full HD!

fluffybiscuits
16-10-2011, 11:55 AM
Just on a watery related note has anyone seen that film Sanctum?

Sanctum - Trailer - YouTube

Very claustrophobic

Has anyone ever been surfing in Lahinch? Great little hostel down there.

I tried to go surfing before but the problem is as Im a tubby stocky fecker I was walking like a Starfish in the wetsuit :D...

C. Flower
12-11-2011, 03:02 AM
A picture of a sock in a washing machine....

on closer inspection, it's Nat Fletcher, in a wave in Tahiti

http://i.imgur.com/YKt03.jpg

Count Bobulescu
12-11-2011, 05:13 AM
I think that photo, or one very similar, is included in this Natty Geo list of top 45 photo’s of 2011.
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/11/national-geographic-photo-contest-2011/100187/

C. Flower
12-11-2011, 11:36 AM
I think that photo, or one very similar, is included in this Natty Geo list of top 45 photo’s of 2011.
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/11/national-geographic-photo-contest-2011/100187/

A wonderful few minutes.

C. Flower
12-11-2011, 04:53 PM
Irish surfers on 90 ft waves off Portugal...

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/irish-surfer-talks-about-ride-on-record-breaking-wave-528047.html

TotalMayhem
13-12-2011, 06:17 PM
THE BIGGEST WAVE ever recorded in Irish waters was detected in the Atlantic today as the country was lashed by gales.

The huge wave, measuring 20.4metres (67ft) from peak to trough, was recorded by a weather buoy west of Rathlin O’Birne island in Donegal bay. The swell was described by the Coast Guard as a “phenomenon”.

Read the full story at The Journal (http://www.thejournal.ie/biggest-wave-ever-recorded-off-irish-coast-today-303908-Dec2011/)

C. Flower
13-12-2011, 09:13 PM
Also mentioned here -

http://www.politicalworld.org/showthread.php?p=210908#post210908

morticia
13-12-2011, 09:36 PM
From RTE:

http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1213/weather.html

C. Flower
14-12-2011, 07:05 PM
Don't miss this. December 12th, Sligo, riding gargantuan waves between two storms.


http://magicseaweed.com/Mully-Sees-Red-Content/3637/



Why was it so big? Because the storm was so close. Why didn't they run the Billabong Tow comp? Because storm number two was too close. Morning's perfection rolled into a stormforce afternoon but not before allowing a thrills-and-spills tow and paddle session in the teeth of the storm.

"Well what a day, it had it all, we all agree it was some of the hollowest nastiest 20ft plus barrels we have ever had out there" Said Richie Fitzgerald. "Great crew, me, Gav, Paul, Nezza, Dylan, Pete, Barry, Roo, Easkey, Jayce, Lyndon, and photogs, we all had some mental waves."
... Said Mickey Smith "Next level ****."

TotalMayhem
14-12-2011, 07:46 PM
Stunning photos... pity the vid is private and requires registration with Vimeo

And that looks much more than 20ft to me:

http://i.imgur.com/PPct0.jpg

C. Flower
14-12-2011, 08:00 PM
Yes - an amazing day. I got to watch the video without registering. Don't know why.

I thought much more than 20' too.

TotalMayhem
14-12-2011, 08:39 PM
Yes - an amazing day. I got to watch the video without registering. Don't know why.

I thought much more than 20' too.

The blessings of a well diversified browser portfolio, IE played it for me eventually. ;)

C. Flower
27-12-2011, 02:27 PM
There guys think they can find surfable 120 footers off the coasts of Antrim and Donegal

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/top-surfer-finds-biggest-swell-533668.html


Al Mennie, who has surfed some of the most extreme conditions on the planet, said he is waiting for the perfect conditions to surf what he believes is the largest swell on earth.

“This is my mission. The good days are few and far between – 90% of the swells are unrideable and we’d reckon that only two days each year are rideable,” he said.

“We’ve been out and ridden them. They weren’t enormous but we are waiting for the right conditions.”

Portrush-based Mr Mennie and his right-hand man Andrew Cotton, from Devon, refuse to disclose the exact locations of the waves due to the increasing number of inexperienced surfers trying to make a name for themselves on virtually unrideable waves.

TotalMayhem
27-12-2011, 02:42 PM
Al Mennie in action

Al Mennie - Big Wave Surfer - YouTube

TotalMayhem
01-01-2012, 01:55 AM
Waves of the coast of Sligo 2007 - YouTube

TotalMayhem
13-02-2012, 11:00 PM
Obviously not in Ireland, but a great clip nevertheless, enjoy. ;)

Matt Meola - $100,000 Innersection edit - YouTube

C. Flower
12-03-2012, 05:14 PM
"Viking storm" weather conditions over the last few days have given people 35 - 50 foot waves to ride on the West coast of Ireland - Nice picture from the Irish Times and weather charts and a video of Andrew Cotton off Mullaghmore on magicseaweed.com.

http://magicseaweed.com/

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0310/1224313107423.html

C. Flower
12-03-2012, 06:23 PM
Ride of the day ..

http://magicseaweed.com/video/votd.php?id=329

Hapax
12-03-2012, 06:33 PM
Ride of the day ..


With a headline like that, I'm just glad it wasn't Enda in tights again.

C. Flower
07-05-2012, 05:24 PM
http://p.twimg.com/AsTjetWCAAEzTUt.jpg:large

Kite flying and kite surfing in Tramore today - photo by Mary Roche, via twitter.

Trow
02-09-2012, 12:55 PM
Time for a song...enjoy.
I understand these scenes are from the West coast of Ireland.

Ben Howard - Old Pine Official - YouTube

TotalMayhem
18-09-2012, 07:35 PM
Big wave surfing in Oz. (http://vimeo.com/47567901)

C. Flower
16-03-2013, 07:42 PM
Cold water surfing. These people are looking for investors for their film.
Some great photos.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1988051760/surf-right-a-documentary-inspired-by-cold-water-su

C. Flower
06-02-2014, 11:04 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbeiU6hKV28

Tramore. 5th February. How not to surf.

C. Flower
05-03-2014, 07:13 PM
Storm chasing surfers spotted in the west (http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/surfers-arrive-on-irish-west-coast-to-catch-big-waves-1.1646958)

More surfing records being broken at the Prowlers off Mullaghmore (http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/surfers-pounce-as-prowlers-roars-back-to-life-1.1713484)

Back in January -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT3qIozK8AY

musashi
06-03-2014, 12:21 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MT3qIozK8AY

Surfed Mullaghmore last year, it sure as hell didn't look like that.

C. Flower
06-03-2014, 12:34 AM
Surfed Mullaghmore last year, it sure as hell didn't look like that.

" a secret spot" a few miles away - waves breaking on an offshore reef, so they say.

Do you think they are down the pub, photoshopping it ? :)

random new yorker
06-03-2014, 04:50 AM
hmmmm... i dont want to derail this thread..

but

this is Garret McNamara surfing a 100ft massive swell world record in Portugal last December=>The Guardian (the vid link is here) (http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/jan/29/surfer-garrett-mcnamara-100ft-wave)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-i6KttHDEX04/Uxf8UDsp6uI/AAAAAAAAAIk/wKCClkf6FMQ/s1600/McNamara.tiff

(i know it's not ireland ...)

C. Flower
06-03-2014, 07:19 AM
hmmmm... i dont want to derail this thread..

but

this is Garret McNamara surfing a 100ft massive swell world record in Portugal last December=>The Guardian (the vid link is here) (http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/jan/29/surfer-garrett-mcnamara-100ft-wave)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-i6KttHDEX04/Uxf8UDsp6uI/AAAAAAAAAIk/wKCClkf6FMQ/s1600/McNamara.tiff

(i know it's not ireland ...)

Hawaian, with Irish roots and towed by an Irish guy on jet ski :)

This site - Surfing Around Ireland (http://www.surfaroundireland.com/2011_12_01_archive.html)provides some information, but surfers are jealous of their waves here, and in the past have turned down World Championship events so as not to get crowded.... typical Irish welcome :)

TotalMayhem
09-12-2015, 11:42 AM
Great fun over the weekend at the falls in Ennistymon... brought to you by Timmy Dooley. ;)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvsjwQlvdro

homer
10-12-2015, 01:27 PM
Carrowniskey, south of Louisburgh Co Mayo

Great waves rolling in from Atlantic

TotalMayhem
02-02-2016, 10:57 PM
Ouch!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJemmhlu7eA