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21 February 2006

Exploring Irish Surf Breaks

Location : Dublin, Ireland.

It has been an awesome weekend! Within a short span of time, Brad and I were stylin' down a few kilometers of coastline along County Clare, soaking in the sights like proper tourists at times. I love the west country! I can imagine what it will be like in the summer....should be pretty happening with a lot of amazing views, idyllic coastal villages, majestic cliffs, rolling hills, etc.

We scoured the coastline from Crab Island to Doonbeg!
Map of County Clare in Ireland
Shoot the bleedin' trespasser!
Electric Fence

Brad and I stayed in Lahinch Hostel and we met a Scottish bloke by the name of Dave who is surfing in Country Clare for a week. I've never come across a live electric fence before...but now I know that sparks don't fly out of your hair when you touch the line...

Dawn patrol
Morning waves of Lahinch
Ice on water
Frozen puddle of water
Frost on the car
Cold, cold morning
Brad strapping up
Loading up the ladies
Left waves
Left point break at Barrtra
Where are ya ya little snake!
Brad watering the plants
Right wave
Right break at Doolin Point
Doolin from a distance
Doolin Point again
Rocks at Doolin Point
The west coast rocks!
You see the mermaid there?
Doughmore Beach
While searching for waves, Charlie Sheen popped out behind us!!!
Me, Dave and Brad
Spanish Point not performing well
Spanish Point
Cream Point was not too inviting
Cream Point
Dave searching for good surf
Rocky Irish coastline
I surfed this left point break
Left point at Lahinch
Surfer on a wave
A-frame at Lahinch

Cliffs of Moher
We spent a bit of time admiring the view at the Cliffs of Moher. Although I've jumped from a plane a few times before, I must admit looking down these cliffs still gave me the shivers. From what I can roughly gauge, the headlands that stretch out to the Atlantic Ocean where we stand to admire the view seems to have just been made up of plain soil and most of it has been washed away by the sea! When lingering near the edge, I get the feeling like the ground might give way anytime under my weight. One of the guys we met there says every now and then they hear of someone falling off the edge. It's a looooong way down! I tried to capture the experience on this video clip(AVI, 9.27MB, available until 25th Feb 2006) I filmed where I hang my camera over the edge. Check it out, perhaps you might get the shivers too. In the photograph of the cliff below, you cannot really understand the size of the cliff until you see these 2 chaps loitering at the top.

I believe the drop was at least 800 feet down!
The road down is a lot easier than the road up
Short stuff
The point where I stood to take pictures
Ireland's unknown big wave surf spot
This huge left wave closes out onto a rocky cliff
Unsurfable left point
Trying to catch a seagull!
Crawling to the edge
My first successfull rock climb to the top
Chilling out at the Cliffs of Moher

While I was mucking about at the cliffs, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to witness the amazing waves at the bottom of the cliffs being ridden by Irish surfers. The waves were too big to paddle into so they had to do a tow in session using a jetski that they rode over from Crab Island, which was a good few kilometers away. These guys are proper full on, innit! Doesn't look it on the pictures but trust me, it was bloody freezing. I managed to capture the surfing on video using my digital camera. Watch the jetski pull the surfer into the wave as the jetski breaks away on the left(of the wave) while the surfer continues surfing the wave to the right. Download the video clip(AVI, 10.6MB, available until 25th Feb 2006).

Someday when I win the lottery or stop being lazy, I will update the Photo Album with all photographs of Ireland but for the mean time, these are the highlights.

Posted by Ripcord at February 21, 2006 02:25 AM


You and your friends are really mad. Last time I went to surfing in somewhere along the coast of Victoria during the winter time and I was wearing full length of wet suit.
However, I still couldn't managed to stay long in the water because it was freezing cold.
I have no idea you guys can handle it. Very impressed.
By the way, the cliffs looks awesome. I pretty sure it would capable of doing rock climbing. But I not sure with the rock temperature and access to the ground. It seems like don't has any shore at the bottom for belaying.
I think the only way to get down is abseiling.
Anyway enjoy your surfing trip and beware of sharks.

Posted by: Dorian Teoh at February 21, 2006 04:18 AM

trust me, despite the sunshine it was still VERY cold. i hate the cold water.

Posted by: Ripcord at February 21, 2006 02:30 PM

cliffs of moher?

at first glance i thought u were saying...cliffs of mother..

but should be called...
the mother of all cliffs...
really nice...and majestic..and of course dangerous

Posted by: zbjernak at February 22, 2006 12:12 AM

Holy crap what a gorgeous place that is !!! Every now and then the guy hears someone fall??? Geez that's freaking crazy! I'm not a surf person but those waves do look fun! Ireland seems like a cool place to chill out at but I'd need more action than that hehe

Posted by: Kelina at February 22, 2006 04:46 PM

Found your pot of gold i guess :)
Must be real fun surfing those huge waves.

Posted by: Kevin at February 23, 2006 09:36 AM

the water doesn't get any warmer in the summer edwin. but you're better off in the pubs anyway as there are festivals all summer in the west coast.
and a guy like yourself might want to check out the festival in lisdoonvarna in sept/oct :>))

Posted by: paolo at February 23, 2006 06:30 PM

No sparks from your hair, but do you know what happens when you piss on an electric fence...

Posted by: someone else at February 24, 2006 09:17 AM

paolo : perhaps i might be there again in the summer? oh summer festivals are yummy...

someone else : i reckon as long as my penis doesn't touch the fence, it should be a good experience pissing on an electric fence?

Posted by: Ripcord at February 25, 2006 03:03 AM

Wow, it looks really nice there. I would like to try to surf, but I can't swim so that keeps me away from that. I love the view of oceans.

Posted by: Melissa at February 25, 2006 04:36 AM

Good to see the photos of ireland...Just got back on Friday. Got good waves but it didn't get any warmer. Good meeting you guys and remember to pop by if you are heading to Cornwall,

Posted by: dave at February 26, 2006 01:56 PM

Another question... what was the name of the band that was playing in the car?

Posted by: dave at February 26, 2006 02:01 PM

dave : thanks for the invite, mate! i dropped you an email. the name of the band was arcade fire.

Posted by: Ripcord at February 28, 2006 09:19 AM