Article Photos sent in from Philippe Gosseau, West Coast Photography Lahinch
Hurricane Rafael lit up the Atlantic ocean with an 8ft @ 18 second forecast for Sunday morning. Surfers, Boggers, Tow teams, Suppers, photographers and spectators ascended to the famous “Aill Na Searrach” to watch the drama unfold 500ft below.
Here is Dave Blount on what he described as an ” in betweener ”
Dave said it was a super hectic crowd at the cliffs on Sunday and he witnessed Tom Lowe get a mental one earlier in the day.
As usual Ireland’s Bodyboarding crew were charging hard at the cliffs.
The Billabong Adventure team of Eric Rebiere, Benjamin Sanchis, François Liets and 21 year old female surfer Justine Dupont arrived from Europe to take on Ireland’s big wave spot.
Dupont initially paddled out with Benjamin Sanchis, however after both surfers broke their boards after being caught inside by the biggest set of the day, they elected to tow surf the bomb sets Aileens was providing.
Justine Dupont has highlighted her big-wave surfing career by landing a 12ft + bomb and a huge barrel at Ailleens on Sunday. The 21-year-old World Tour surfer’s wave is considered to be one of the biggest tubes ever ridden by a female surfer in Europe.
“That was an amazing day of surfing,” Dupont said afterwards. “It was more than a session, it was a mission. From getting smashed paddling out to surfing that perfect beautiful wave, it was a day I’ll never forget.”
Billabong Team rider Cain Kilcullen on one of the biggest waves of the day!
Legend Finn Mullen wind surfed massive Mullaghmore earlier in the year, but Sunday he decided to take his SUP for a paddle at the cliffs. The next image resulted in the crowd at the top of the cliffs going nuts as Finn dropped down the face of a bomb on his SUP !
Fergal Smith and Lowe got fed up of the crowds and took a paddle across to Lauren’s and paddled into a few much to the delight of the spectators on the cliff above.
A perfect view of Lauren’s from above
A big thank you to Philippe Gosseau from West Coast Photography, Lahinch Co.Clare. All these prints and many more will be available from Philippe’s website http://www.philippegosseau.com/
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