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Eric Rebiere went down with cracked ribs on his first wave, Tom Butler scored the barrel of his life and Andrew Cotton charged the wave of the day ending up with the building landing on his head. Amidst the standout moments the usual suspects all grabbed moments of Mully magic. Al Mennie the seasoned pro got a few despite not being very impressed with anything other than Cotty's bomb. Richie Fitzgerald who towed Gabe Davies into this wild one called it "A great day, big and hollow, throwing out as wide as it was tall. The swell dropped off a bit in the afternoon but there were still had some huge ones despite the wind turning cross-shore and choppy and making conditions very dangerous."© 2014 Conn Osborne
"I was supposed to go home on Monday, my girlfriend's pregnant and due soon. Said Cotty, master of the wave of the day. "This was my last ditch effort of getting some real waves from my winter stint in Ireland. "We sat out there for a good 30 mins just watching then Butler and Seb joined us, they didn't even watch a wave, Tom Butler grabbed the rope and instantly got whipped into one. That boy is mad for it. This was my first wave of the day, to be 100 percent honest it didn't even feel that big."© 2014 Conn Osborne
Tom Butler, the humble underground face with great dentistry is making a name for himself by going balls out on every swell, hoping to catch a break from a sponsor. It's tough economic times in the world of surfing right now with everyone eating hard cheese and stale bread but potential suiters take note, there's opportunity here. As well as snagging the biggest barrel out there Tom was the only guy to attempt to paddle. "I kept looking over the ledge, it was windy, lumpy, and so tricky, I was thinking what the hell am I doing as I paddled out but I'd already committed to it. One came through, I span and went, air-dropped in and made it to the bottom before it shut down."© 2014 Gary McCall
Another young guy making a statement was Ollie O'Flaherty.© 2014 Conn Osborne
Big Red, Al Mennie, despite this monster didn't really rate the day. "I got a couple and then one decent one at the end. It was a very average day, almost unrideable to be honest at the start of the session, huge wedges pushing off the reef as the tide pulled out fast. The wave I towed Cotton Socks into was far from average. It hit the reef perfect (most were too north) as he let go of the rope I looked over the top of it and I actually said out loud "oh fuck Cotty". "He went straight to the bottom despite a huge wall lined up to Timbuckto. I was sure he was gonna get clobbered immediately but he charged and then got blasted by the spit on the end section. It was by far the biggest wave all day, stood out loads. That wave overshadowed the entire days surfing."© 2014 Conn Osborne
Cotty not on the wave of the day but still a pretty chunky one.© 2014 Conn Osborne
Windsurfer Finn Mullan has been eyeing up this spot for a while. "He's already done Aileens and Jaws" said Paul O'Kane, "He got towed out there and almost got fully barreled. Now that would have been a covershot"© 2014 Gary McCall
First wave and Eric Rebiere went down with cracked ribs on the low tide after watching the morning session go down from the channel. Having crossed the English Channel and the Irish Sea to get here it wasn't ideal. "For sure it was one of the worst wipeouts of my life. I was well behind the section and I was sucked all the way to the top of the wave before coming right back down to the bottom. Bam. Nothing broken and I did go back out later but I cannot lie on a board and we have days of perfect swell ahead."© 2014 Mark Capilitan
Ollie O Flaherty on another bomb, Ollie hails from the beautiful seaside town of Lahinch which has its own fair share of heavy water.© 2014 Chris McClean
Watching, waiting, anticipating.© 2014 Conn Osborne
Tom Butler post barrel.© 2014 Conn Osborne
Gabe Davies, always on full charge.© 2014 Conn Osborne
It's like the Bahamas around here, just even windier.© 2014 Conn Osborne
Neil Britton back from his hols.© 2014 Conn Osborne
Cotto waitin for some ginger love. Al's board is lying in the foreground.© 2014 Conn Osborne
Tom and Cotty share the stoke of land after a wild morning session.© 2014 Conn Osborne
Local spectators ... You like surfing? Nah not much. I can fly.© 2014 Conn Osborne
This was actually the first glimpse of the swell, the crowds and the anticipation.© 2014 Conn Osborne
Welcome to the plateau. It's where we gather to watch Yago Dora soar above our heads.
These are the fortunate few. Many epic sessions have fallen by the wayside, victims to our ruthless monthly culls, but the results are wondrous to behold.
Patagonia is a challenging lover, said the English novelist, Bruce Chatwin. It haunts you, it bewitches you, it wraps you in its arms and does not let you go.
Welcome to the winners' podium. The cream of February lies before you in four spectacular Atlantic sessions, big barrels being the theme.
The symbiosis of surfer and winter. The Astray Collective and Finisterre bring you a short narrated by Matt Smith and produced by Mickey Smith