If you’re a fan of surfing, watersports or outdoor adventure, there’s arguably no better place to be “stuck” this summer than the island of Ireland. While many are bemoaning the loss of holidays abroad this year, others are eagerly thinking of staycations that will provide an opportunity to really take in what’s already on our doorsteps.
An opportunity to hit Ireland with CT surfer, Wade Carmichael, came about recently. Sam Smart and Ollie O’Flaherty rounded off the EU home crew, and Wade came over with his entourage: filmer, Jesse Little, and mate Ben Jones.
Irish surfing and surfing characters are featuring strong again in this years line up at the London Surf / Film Festival with 2 entries in the shorties from filmmakers Oliver Hegarty ( Fatherhood) featuring legendary charger Peter Conroy and Kev L Smith (Le Chéile) featuring Ollie O'Flaherty and friends in Lahinch.
Portugese pro surfer Nic Von Rupp is no stranger to surfing slabs in Ireland and has been know in the past to ditch Hawaiian surf trips last minute to chase swells in Sligo and Mullaghmore. His most recent edit 'Rail Road' showcases the Cliffs Of Moher with the travelling surfer reaching European surf breaks by train, accompanied at the Cliffs by a certain adopted Aussie Irishman Mick "O" Fanning.
2019 WSL Big Wave Awards Currently in it's 19th year, 2019's WSL Big Wave Awards recognised the surfers who have demonstrated the most committed and advanced level of big wave surfing -- in or outside of the jersey.