Friday, December 31, 2010

2 waves, 1 county...

Been living on the East coast for most of the year I didn't get much of a chance to catch the swells. But what swells I did get were pretty damn impressive. So here's 2 of the best swells of the season I caught up with at 2 totally different breaks in 1 county. Happy new years to ya all and hope 2011 treats everyone with good fortune and great waves. Some parting advice, I could rattle off over a dozen breaks virtually unsurfed in Ireland, quality breaks so go search, walk over that hill where beyond could be your dreams come true, it won't kill you...

The Mighty Mullaghmore

Dave before he got barrelled of his nut

Mikee loving it, his favourite big wave

Neil eyeing the beast up

Pete getting the ride of his life

Rick cruzzing it

Prowlers perfection

Paul just chilling out

Richie look behind ya & calm

Barry about to get engulfed but makes it

Jeremy's 1st wave in Ireland...ever!!

Al charging it

Cotty going for gold

Friday, December 17, 2010

Jeremy Flores takes Pipe Masters in memory of Andy

Andy Irons - Photo Brian Bielmann
  The Pipe Masters in memory of Andy Irons is one I will never forget. Andy was a great surfer and will be remembered by all.

  Jeremy Flores takes his first tour win this year picking his barrels carefully and tactfully. A well desreved win taking out 10x world champ Kelly Slater in a breath taking semi-final with a long long barrel, probably the longest of the event. Once again it was Backdoor that produced the goods with the north swell.
   Yesterday saw consistant 4ft barrels, lite winds and sunny enough to burn me face to a crisp even thou I had 50+ sun screen on, a hat and sat most of the day in the shade! Gotta luv been a red head. It was an awesome day of waves yesterday and there was some incredible barrels had. Today was a bit more inconsistant but what waves did come through were taken advantage of. A big crowd was around for all 3 days and about 2 million worth of cameras! So here's a few shots from my perspective and probably another 200 photogs! Congratulations to Jeremy and good luck for next year.

Hmmmm...a bit close maybe?

This is what you tell the judges if you don't want a 10!

If you know who this is & she's over 21 can I have her phone number please?
   Meanwhile at Off The Wall this sorta shit was going down...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pipe hosts first womens event


First time in history a womens event was held during the Pipe masters, there wasn't a lot of waves had but when they did come through World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Hawaiian Coco Ho (HAW), and 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour qualifiers Tyler Wright (AUS), and Alana Blanchard (HAW) made the most of it. Tucking into barrels at every chance and going for gold. The battle for the Vans Duel for the Jewel was courageous and entertaining with Steph taking the honors and the Womens triple crown. Tyler Wright got an epic tube that could've contested for the win, unfortunately for her it was after the hooter. Just a quick note as i'm heading out on the beer now, so will post up tomorrow what happened with the mens.
  Once again big congrats to all the girls in the event who did the rest of the crew proud and big congrats to Steph, well done.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wahines of Hawaii

The photo above tells a story of it's on. The young lady was out ripping it up, surfing really good, picking off waves as they came to her and making them. It's seems a lot of the guys here have some sorta point to prove. I saw blatant snaking, taking off on waves that weren't even there's. Then they would try to pop an air or rediculace maneuver and not even try to make it, they just try to get as high as possible then kick the board away without even attempting to land it. This guy ended up head butting his board, result i guess...
  So todays shots are dedicated to the Wahines on Hawaii keeping it real
Kim Diggs

Gabby's girlfriend


Quincy Davis

Quincy Davis

Coco Ho