Looking Back – By Liam Sinnott
The year 2011 will be a big chapter in the history books of Irish Surfing. A year when Europe’s best surfers came to Bundoran Donegal to fight out for Eurosurf 2012. A year when Fergal Smith pushed the boundaries of Irish Surfing both at home and on an International level. In Febuary 2011 the Irish Surfing Association, Irish Tow Rescue Club, Billabong and Monster Energy held the first Tow-In Surf competition at Mullaghmore Head County Sligo and what more can I say, the rest is history……..
Ireland Feb. 2011 – BILLABONG ADVENTURE DIVISION
Twenty foot plus Mullaghmore Head Perfection welcomed the coming of age of Ireland’s big wave scene. The inaugural big wave invitational sponsored by Billabong and Monster Energy was won by Eric Ribiere and Benjamin Sanchis in front of a packed headland who witnessed a day of never seen before Irish big wave tow in competition! “That left is crazy. One of the best lefts I’ve surfed in my entire life” said Eric Rebiere.
Benjamin Sanchis, Mullaghmore Head, Ireland – XXL Ride of the Year Entry
Ireland proves its status as a top destination for big wave surfers world wide.
Meanwhile up the road in Bundoran, Bexter Productions captured a few of Ireland and the UK top surfers who did’nt care much for jet ski’s!
and the results were all time…..
Some more raw footage from Turf & Surf Lodge and surf school Bundoran
High Pressure – The Story of Ireland’s First Big Wave Surf Contest
High Pressure – The Story of Ireland’s First Big Wave Surf Contest is a forthcoming documentary presenting inside views of what was considered a groundbreaking event in Irish waters, held at Mullaghmore Head in February 2011. Along the journey towards the contest, it explores deeper elements of the sport and the value of waves as a natural resource along the Irish west coast.
What a year in Irish Surfing! Part 2 coming soon…..
BILLABONG ADVENTURE DIVISION, BILLABONG XXL
HIGH PRESSURE = Produced, directed and edited by Dave Mottershead, Daniela GrossCamera - Dave Mottershead,Daniela Gross,Peter ClynePeter, MartinMichal, CzubalaGlyn, OvensPeter, ConroyBarry, Mottershead Photos.Aaron Pierce. Soundtrack Mark Black
PAMPA - BexterProduction on Feb 15, 2011.
PAMPA TOW IN = http://www.turfnsurf.ie/
WATCH BEST OF IRISH SURFING PART 2 HERE