Monday, July 05, 2010

Nose job in Donegal

Just had a great weekend in Donegal sailing at Magheroarty with good friends.  July has been non-stop wind so far, and after a few good days wave and freestyle sailing at home, it was time to hit the road to the west coast.  An old friend Steve Thorp (Mr. Fastest man in the world on Gps speedsurfing) is always super keen for a road trip, and was already in Ireland searching for waves with Steve King and Murray Saunders.
They had already sailed Belmullet, and Easkey, but now the forecast was pointing towards Magheroarty as the spot that might get the best wind direction.
I met them up there, and seemed like everyone else had the same idea too. Timo was up and had brought over Jamie Hawkins, Mikey was up with his Dad, and of course a good crew of locals like the Kelly brothers (thanks Gerard for saving my day) and a few guys over from Northern Ireland including young Alex Duggan.
On the first day conditions were perfect for 5.0, with nice logo high sets rolling in on the reef, and also the beach break was getting a lot of goiter action from Timo and Steve King. Eventually the wind died off in the evening, giving the Steves x2 a good surf on the reef. As you can see I strapped on the GoPro and left it to run taking still shots every 2 seconds, to see what would come out. 900 shots later, these are a selection :)
The following day, the wind kicked up a notch or three, and it was full power 4.0m all the way. The early session was OK, until the tide came up too high for the dropping swell, but still good fun. Once the Steves had escaped their Irish B'n'B breakfast (will you have another cup of tea father?), they joined us for a fun session on the reef as the tide dropped back. Glen and Kian from Dundalk were back too for another session, and both took out my JP Quads to test out.
This week looks like much more of the same... where to go next is the question?
Looks like I will have a Happy Birthday this week!

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