'Tow-in Surf Session', Ireland's first Big Wave Invitational surf contest demonstrating tow-in surfing and organised by The Irish Surf Rescue Club (ISRC) in association with Billabong and Monster Energy was held yesterday at Mullaghmore Head, Co.Sligo in 20-30ft surf. The conditions for the event were spectacular with crowds gathering along the headland from the early hours of the morning in anticipation of the exciting display of big wave surfing to come. Hundreds of people watched 22 of Ireland and Europe's best big wave surfers take on the 'beautiful beasts' of Mullaghmore reef throughout the day over three rounds lasting one hour each. A high level of preparation and safety was also demonstrated by The Irish Surf Rescue Club Water Patrol who were on hand to help surfers after some heavy 'wipeouts' who were pushing their surfing to the limits. It was a tough call for the Irish Surfing Association (ISA) judges to decide the winning teams and awards at the end of the day. The criteria was based on those who rode the biggest waves, in the most critical part of the wave displaying the most skill and commitment. In the end the winning Open team went to International surfers and Billabong team riders Benjamin Sanchis and ?ric Rebi?re, riding the some of the biggest 'barrels' ever seen at Mullaghmore. The winning Irish team went to Peter Conroy and Glyn Ovens. Wave of the day was awarded to Professional surfer Gabe Davies, who pioneered the big wave spot of Mullaghmore with his tow partner Richie Fitzgerald, from Bundoran. Biggest Barrel of the day was awarded to Alistair Mennie, a pioneering big-wave surfer from Portrush. Easkey Britton also held her own in challenging conditions with the guys as the only female competitor in the event surfing. Catching a solid 20 footer and showing that it's not just 'a guy thing.' Results: 1st Open: Benjamin Sanchis and ?ric Rebi?re (France) 2nd Open: Peter Conroy and Gyln Ovens (Ireland) 3rd Open: Al Mennie and Andrew Cotton (N. Ireland) 4th Open: Gabe Davies and Richie Fitzgerlad (Ireland) 1st Irish Division: Peter Conroy and Gyln Ovens (Ireland) 2nd Irish Division: Al Mennie and Andrew Cotton (N. Ireland) 3rd Irish Division: Gabe Davies and Richie Fitzgerlad (Ireland) 4th Irish Division: Mikee Hamilton and Dave Lavelle (Ireland) Awards Best wave: Gabe Davies Best/Heaviest wipeout: Richie Ftizgerald Best barrel: Al Mennie Most radical turn: Barry Mottershead Most committed: Shane O'Connor Best pick-up (water patrol award): Lyndon Wake
In 1964 Kevin Cavey introduced surfing to Ireland from Hawaii. Today the surf culture that he pioneered is going strong in Dublin. "The Dimming Tide" follows Kevin and three other Leinster surfers; Frank Gordon, Chris O'Neill and Tim Ferguson as they surf the waves of the East Coast of Ireland and share the experiences of their diverse surfing lives. Directed and photographed by JULES CHARLTON. A HOKUA MEDIA Production.
On this SUPari we cruised down the River Shannon from Carrick to Drumsna. On the Sunday we drove on to Sligo for an introduction to SUP surfing session. All with the lads from Stand Up Surf Zone. www.irishsup.com
This is Grandpa Surf, a film about Kevin Cavey, the Grandfather of Irish Surfing, one of the first to start surfing here. It was made for an assignment in the Video Production subject in Griffith College Dublin.