After a tropical storm sent record-breaking 60ft waves crashing into Mullaghmore, the Irish surfer took his chance to ride the swell of a lifetime. A Doolin break which generates Ireland's biggest wave, "Aill na Searrach," can reach up to 35-feet high. Type: Along with Mullaghmore, Aileens is Ireland’s premier big wave spot, producing gigantic right-hand slabs that rifle along the reef for up to 150m. It's a tantalizing beast, with long-riding, fast … Dramatic surf conditions in the Atlantic Ocean caused by the remnants of Hurricane Epsilon saw waves of over 18 metres off the Sligo coast. Checkout Justine Dupont at Aileens in October 2012 It’s common to catch 20 to 25 foot waves here, and if you visit during March and happen to arrive during a Viking storm, you may be in for waves nearly twice the normal size — the largest recorded in the area was nearly … ", "The circumstances around Covid meant that other guys weren't able to travel from all over the world, so the biggest ever swell to hit Ireland was relatively untouched by the surf community. ", "It was a true team effort. In the end, having asked the permission of the local council and in coordination with the RNLI, it was deemed appropriate for Maguire and his support team – including five jetskis for safety. That’s how connected we were — I didn’t even need to nod. We had four skis and a paramedic on hand; two spotters on the cliff. Achill Island, Co. Mayo From a surfer’s standpoint, the Iberian Peninsula has it all. The M5 was recovered October 17 by the MV Puffin of Fastnet Shipping (Waterford) and brought ashore. Those guys were actually the first to take me out here and show me the ropes, so there was nobody better placed to tow me and help pick the wave of my life. The world record for significant wave height is 19 m (62.33). The European big wave surfing scene is still young. 5 years ago | 2 views. This headland gets its name from the fable of the seven Tuatha Dé Danann, a race of Irish gods who, angry at St Patrick for bringing Christianity to Ireland, transformed themselves into foals and galloped over the edge of the cliffs. Everyone was in their cars, adhering to Covid protocols, as were we. These waves have been known to reach heights of 15 metres, making them one some of the biggest to ever hit the Irish coastline. Surfers in Ireland and Portugal, which both produce gigantic waves, had been watching the storm swell from Hurricane Epsilon, which they realised would push massive waves towards the Atlantic coast and the small number of places in Europe where waves over 18 metres (60ft) can form. I was just calm because I was so happy to be there, which you can see when the wave breaks over me I’m just standing there really, thinking that this is the most incredible view I’ve ever seen. It's a dangerous wave, but it is consistent and has been surfed. Perfect Wave, County Waterford, SE. Unsurfed Big Waves in Ireland 2007. Dramatic surf conditions in the Atlantic Ocean caused by the remnants of Hurricane Epsilon saw waves of over 18 metres off the Sligo coast. This monster is comparable to Code Red Teahupoo in its magnitude and Cloudbreak 2018 in its scope – and it could be up there as the defining moment of this colossal XXL swell that's rumbling Europe right now. 0:07. Suddenly I was standing in this big emerald green bowl. The coastal village of Doolin lies on the western coast of Ireland in the County Clare, and it's one of Ireland's most well known surfing destinations. The Tahitian town of Teahupoo is quiet, but it’s home to some loud and heavy waves. Ireland has recently received some international attention for some huge sessions held at two of it's big waves spots, Aileens and Prowlers. And I can safely say that I have never been that fast on a surfboard in my life. You rarely have time to take it all in on a 30ft wave, but it seemed to go on for forever. Big waves spotted in Ireland. Home to Billbong's ‘The Gathering' big wave contest, Mullaghmore's head surf spot can reach massive sizes of 20 to 30 feet. “You could see it the whole way coming in. 3 Minute Read A friend broke his femur there a few years ago and he only surfed for the first time again recently. The record-breaking wave recorded off the Irish coastline at 16.00 on Monday measures 17.81m (58.43 feet). “We contacted Sligo county council and got permission to surf, spoke to the coastguard. Playing next. A Doolin break which generates Ireland's biggest wave, "Aill na Searrach," can reach up to 35-feet high. ... Mullaghmore Head, Ireland. The Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's top visitor attractions, loom high over County Clare's west coast. When the after effects of tropical Hurricane Epsilon summoned 60ft waves off the coast of Ireland this week, Conor decided to take to the waters at Mullaghmore in search of 'the one'. We sit down with Conor Maguire to talk about his new documentary, Made In Ireland; the true story of Irish Surfing. Mullaghmore Head, Ireland. We had this huge swell, 60ft plus waves, which I thought was as big as it can get. We round up seven beaches offering great surf that you can enjoy all to yourself! The area, which generally produces waves of 6-9 metres (20-30ft) in height, was hit by a rare coincidence of conditions: the swell from the hurricane on top of a mid-Atlantic depression which produced waves breaking almost a mile out and touching, perhaps, 18 metres in height. Lockdowns are comin… I felt like butter or something. The birth of big-wave surfing was an incremental process that began in the 1930s and ’40s in Hawaii, especially along the north-facing shores of the islands. 1.8K likes. In the middle of the bay [Maguire’s jetski tow-in driver] was like: ‘Uhhh, okaaaaay,’ and I thought: ‘Oh fuck.’ Then he just picked me up, did a loop and slung me in like a big pendulum … When I was dropping down, it kind of felt like I was dropping 30 or 40 seconds, I was going and going. Chasing the biggest waves in the world... in Ireland. ", with Carlos Burle, a legend of surfing, who took me under his wing. Especially in Ireland, where Conor Maguire nabbed what many are calling the biggest wave ever surfed at Ireland’s premiere – and most terrifying – wave, Mullaghmore. But that wave has no comparison to the one I experienced in Mullaghmore – the power and veracity of this wave was mind-blowing, you can really feel it as you ride the waves and experience the energy it has. Send in your pictures of the results of storms be it the waves themselves or the debris and flooding they cause. Big, fast, strong barrels can easily be found at Mullaghmore Head. The monstrous Atlantic swells rolling into the beach from the north, and the Canyon pushing the swell back from the south meet to create a giant peak. Mullaghmore goes nuclear! The village of Strandhill itself is home to some nice pubs, restaurants and hostels to rest your head and a Seaweed Spa which is quite famous around Ireland and a very unique experience after a long day surfing! The storm looked as though it was about to swallow the whole continent. Even Surfers Dylan Stott and Barry Mottershead, who have surfed here for 15 years, had never seen anything close to it. biggest waves in the world off the coast from Mullaghmore. The video, captured off the south-east coast of Ireland during one of the worst winter storms in memory, has gone viral on YouTube with over 1 million views. Shane O'Brien. The M5 weather buoy subsequently broke away from its mooring. Its outstanding surf culture, authentic charm, the cute little whitewashed villages all along its coast, great food, and world-class waves draw an international crowd of surfers. ". The M5 buoy off the southeast coast of Ireland recorded one individual wave reaching an amazing 17.81 m (58.4 feet) on Monday, October 16, 2017.This is now the biggest wave ever recorded off the Irish coast. Make sure you prepare yourself for some big hold-downs. No matter where you’re off to, from the Causeway Coast to counties Antrim or Down, there are waves to be had and breaks to be worked, so don’t ever leave home without strapping your board to your roof rack. In modern oceanography, rogue waves are defined not as the biggest possible waves at sea, but instead as extreme sized waves for a given sea state. Barry later told me we were in full eye contact, no words. ", "When big wave surfing, the 'ski driver will match the speed of the wave while towing you in. It was just sucking and sucking and I was dropping without ever going anywhere. Send in your pictures of the results of storms be it the waves themselves or the debris and flooding they cause. Nazaré is huge and death-defying but Mullaghmore gets big, too, it’s heavy, hollow, it barrels, it breaks over shallow reef; there’s a huge volume of water in that actual wave, it’s a really crazy wave. Here’s a look back at filmmaker Mikey Corker’s award-winning 2018 docu-series Made In Ireland, which The big wave surfing community in Europe and even the world is pretty small so you can imagine how small it is in Ireland. He picked me up, built up speed, I let go of the rope and found myself dropping down this face which initially felt like a 30ft wave. “Originally when I saw the swell on the charts, I was like: ‘Oh fuck, of course it would happen during lockdown,’” Maguire told the surfing website Magic Seaweed of his potentially record breaking wave. Ireland's biggest ever wave recorded off Donegal coast This article is more than 8 years old A 20.4-metre wave is recorded by a buoy 60 miles off Ireland's coast as a force ten storm rages Earlier today, Ireland’s premier slab and big-wave spot saw some of the heaviest water to ever detonate upon the reef. The largest wave in Ireland’s history measures 17.81 m (58.4 feet) and was measured on Monday, October 16, 2017 The M5 weather buoy subsequently broke away from its mooring. Send in your pictures of the results of storms be it the waves themselves or the debris and flooding they cause. Want to escape the crowds? You can customize the wave and wind maps with overlays for wind arrows, pressure and general weather for surfing. Saving the biggest and best ’til last, the waves at Mullaghmore Head in County Sligo entice the most famous surfers in the world. Samhain-Big wave surfing in Ireland. In February 2000, a British oceanographic research vessel, the RRS Discovery, sailing in the Rockall Trough west of Scotland encountered the largest waves ever recorded by scientific instruments in the open ocean, with a significant wave height of 29.1 metres (95 ft) and individual waves … Save 84% off the newsstand price! © 2021 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. I'll be hoping for a Irish brother to let me have a place to lay my head down at night as I travel the country I'm srlf sufficient! 1.8K likes. ! Several dozen of the world’s top surfers have arrived on the Irish west coast to catch some of the biggest waves of the year. I was born in the U.S, but have Irish roots, W/lineage going back to "County Cork"! And thanks to the video above, neither will we. There was a small window for the big wave surfers from Ireland and Great Britain to catch and surf the biggest swell to ever hit the islands. We couldn’t have been any more safe, and [it was] the perfect time to take a good crack at it. The largest of Ireland's six National Parks, the Wicklow Mountains are bursting with adventure. Deep down I knew it was the one. Mullaghmore Head also happens to be the site of Ireland’s first big wave surf contest, and it’s definitely one of the world’s best big wave beaches. Getting caught inside can be … ", "Even though it was moving unbelievably fast, you could see the wave for a couple of minutes before it even reached us. Unsurfed Big Waves in Ireland 2007. The Best Place to Stay & Surf Aileens: … Best Time: November - Ferbruary Weather: 4 - 23°C . ...Divine Intervention... Euro charger Nico Von Rupp and Alain Riou catching some Irish monsters during their One week trip. In the harbour, with the safety briefing, we had masks on and all that stuff. Surfer tackles huge swell off Co Sligo – after checking lockdown rules allowed it, Fri 30 Oct 2020 10.24 EDT Having been so nervous the night before, it felt surprisingly natural to me. Make sure you prepare yourself for some big hold-downs. Follow. I saw the wave cresting way out at the back, which I’d never seen before, then turned towards land and began focusing on what came next. But for Conor Maguire, an Irish surfer, who has claimed what may be his country’s largest ever swell, it was almost on his doorstep at Mullaghmore in County Sligo. My main concern was not to offend anyone or put pressure on the hospital system or anything like that. The start of the 2020–21 big wave season has been nothing if not historic. ", "I remember angling my board and finding the wave was so incredibly smooth, it’s the most perfect wave I’ve ever seen. The Cliffs of Moher one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions. From the terrifying anxiety of preparing for the wave to the technical demands needed to ride it, Conor talks us through his biggest moment to date. Ireland has recently received some international attention for some huge sessions held at two of it's big waves spots, Aileens and Prowlers. In a top secret location somewhere off the west coast of Ireland one surfer chased one of the biggest waves in the world. Tasty hollows, great consistency, and a lack of crowds give this southern coast wave its spot on the list. And Doonagore Castle (pictured here), provides a glimpse into Doolin's distant past. These waves have been known to reach heights of 15 metres, making them one some of … It’s been compared to the monstrous big waves of the Pacific. Barry travelled at Mach 10 to match this wave! "It was just this huge, scary black blob that we saw in the Atlantic a few weeks before it hit. ", "It was as if the swell was just feeling out the reef. And Portugal takes the prize! 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One of my bucket lists, #2, on it, is to see "Ireland's Beauty " W/me Irish eyes, mates. The surfer will then use the rope as a pendulum to get even more speed which is why they call it being ‘whipped' into a wave. Watch Surfers Ride Freezing Waves in Ireland See the trailer for a film that dives into the ocean—and intimate family lives—of some of the best surfers in Ireland. Report. Mullaghmore has long been a white-knuckle surfing hotspot. Marine Institute’s weather buoys measured the swell at 14 meters, ste waves on the spot of the day – Mullaghmore Head, south Donegal Bay, Ireland were in the 60ft range. The biggest question for Maguire was not whether he wanted to try it, but whether it was socially acceptable to go out in the midst of a national lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here's an insider's guide to the best of it. Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa was awarded the Guinness World Record for "Largest wave surfed" on Saturday for tackling an 80-foot wave … Abetted by a crack team of friends and fellow surfers — all abiding by social distancing protocols — the Red Bull surfer took the opportunity with both hands and is still taking stock of everything that transpired. There are more waves to be caught all around Northern Ireland’s coast. It felt surreal. This monster is comparable to Code Red Teahupoo in its magnitude and Cloudbreak 2018 in its scope – and it could be up there as the defining moment of this colossal XXL swell that's rumbling Europe right now. Credit: ©Raymond Fogarty Failte Ireland. Many of these encounters are only reported in the media, and are not examples of open ocean rogue waves. Teahupoo, Tahiti. It's a little-known piece of surfer heaven just a few minutes' drive from one of Ireland's best-loved waves at Tramore. A combination of freakish Atlantic currents and travel restrictions imposed due to a global pandemic ensured Conor was able to enjoy a private audience with Mother Nature that he won't forget in a hurry. We still felt the swell go underneath of course, because these were 60ft monsters, lifting us up and dropping us down. They stretch for 8km (5miles), as the crow flies, along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland and reach 214m (702 feet) at their highest point at Knockardakin just north of O’Brien’s Tower. 1.8K likes. It was pretty easy … I just kind of stood there [laughs]. And although there are gargantuan waves that break all over the globe on any given day, below is a list of seven of the most famous big-wave surf spots in the world. Carrie Lois. But then I had, sort of, because I’d been doing it all week, standing on my board at home on a yoga mat just thinking about it. One for pros only, Mullaghmore is one of the best big wave surfing locations in the world. Big wave surfing Ireland's location on the edge of the North Atlantic makes it a good location for accessing large waves. biggest waves in the world off the coast from Mullaghmore. Footage taken from aboard a ship off the southern coast of Ireland in February 2014 captures an epic storm that included 100 MPH winds and 55-foot waves. Mickey and Fergal Smith would be the pioneers of 'heavy wave' surfing in Ireland, they found a lot of the big waves." These giant peaks break on the sand as the largest waves in the world. I'd been waiting for that swell my whole life, my whole career. Surfers in Ireland and Portugal, which both produce gigantic waves, had been watching the storm swell from Hurricane Epsilon, which they realised would push massive waves towards the Atlantic coast and the small number of places in Europe where waves over 18 metres (60ft) can form. If you are into big wave surfing, there are big wave spots that will hold 20ft+. “The original idea was just to have respect for the locals and not to offend anyone. In the early 1990s, big wave hunters started exploring new frontiers of wintertime action, in a professional and … 3. sounds like an athlete well aware that he may just have just achieved a slice of sporting immortality having just encountered the kind of wave that only comes along once in a career. This measurement was recorded off the coast of Ireland! Big waves spotted in Ireland. Ireland wave (swell) map for surfers, windsurfers and sailors showing open ocean wave size, wave period and wave energy. And on 28 October he found it. My phone's not stopped ringing since I got out of the water and it's been great to see people interested in the story, but my friends buzzing for me means more than anything else. This week, Conor Maguire pulled into one of the biggest waves we've ever seen in Ireland – and that is no exaggeration. The waves here have been known to break bones and boards in particularly intense weather, and The Head is a reef break, making it even more difficult to ride. Al Mennie is a Big Wave Surfer, Paddleboarder, Ocean Explorer, Author, Adventurer and 3rd degree black belt. In all, we had four safety jet skis, organised by the Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club and Peter Conroy, a paramedic, an ambulance and two spotters on the cliff who were long-time friends. Big waves spotted in Ireland. The North Atlantic waters, in particular, have been creating groundswells since the beginning of time, and surfers know well the energy behind these waves. It was pretty professional.”. Notwithstanding the fact that it’s one of the best places on the plane… I'm amazed at the waves.& in Ireland too !! Browse more videos. The record for the largest measured wave, at 19 m (62 ft) tall, is held by a buoy off the north-west coast of the country, [22] and satellite imagery has shown a tendency for the generation of waves in excess of 9 m (30 ft) tall in the area. Huge waves were breaking not only outside the harbour but also inside the harbour, which never happens, not even on the biggest days. Photograph: SurferToday/via YouTube It’s been compared to the monstrous big waves of the Pacific. ONE of the world's top big wave surfers believes he has found two spots off Ireland which could produce waves 120ft high. ", "I’d never seen Mullaghmore looking like that, I’ve only ever dreamed of it. ", "I know this surf spot inside out, but anything could have happened ut there. The Irish big wave surfers are some of … ", "I'm living just down the road from Mullaghmore, close to a beach where you can see those famous waves in the distance, peaking out in the bay like a looming monster. Grey Skies Green Waves: A Surfer's Journey Around The UK and Ireland … The wave rose to fame in 2010 when French big wave surf duo Benjamin Sanchis and Eric Ribiere towed into the enormous waves and won the contest, putting the spot and Ireland on the international big wave map. My friends are based in the area and we spoke to a lot of the locals before and they were buzzing people were out there. With perfect peeling waves, long stretches of golden sand and epic scenery, Ireland is a paradise for surfers. In a top secret location somewhere off the west coast of Ireland one surfer chased one of the biggest waves in the world. On the morning of the attempt, the whole crew assembled at the harbour in the dark, around 7.30am, and it was scary. Legendary name. The most intense surf spot in Ireland and one of the best big wave surfing spots on the globe, Mullaghmore is an experts-only spot. , my whole career Mullaghmore is one of Ireland one surfer chased one of Ireland one chased. 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