AT it again! Al, Cotty and co pioneer another Irish big wave -- Finn MacCools. This time surfing in the footsteps of giants, the boys prove that the legendary creator of the Giant's Causeway was no idle myth.
Northern Ireland's number one tourist attraction's unique hexagonal rocks protrude out into the North Atlantic, sliding below the ragged foam. Legend has it, Finn MacCool, a local giant, sculpted the causeway to bridge Northern Ireland and Scotland in order to fight a competing giant, Benandonner. Upon realising how enormous his opponent was he wrapped himself in a blanket, pretending to be his own child, thus causing Benandonner to flee fearing he was about to confront a 'real' giant.
Later the causeway claimed part of the Spanish Armada and nearly 1300 lives as the 'Girona' attempted to round Ireland overloaded with gold and guns only to be wrecked on the nearby Lacada Point. More than 400 years and countless tourists later this spot comes alive again as a mysto big wave spot (with giant potential) surfed for the first time yesterday, Feb 1, 2011.
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