The full force of Hercules hit Ireland on January 6, welcomed by travelling pros, locals and an inquisitive Irish public. Gavin Gallagher was there with camera in hand to capture the action on this most anticipated of days.
“As the swell was SW, it didn’t get XXL at Mully this session,” Gavin told us. “The main brunt of the swell was at first light and the long period meant a wait between the big sets, but when they arrived they were smoking. With such big tides it was a short window of two hours to really avail of some big kegs. Red Bull Ireland supported the video production and Irish Surf Tow Rescue coordinated the safety.
“Apart from the hail showers, freezing fingers and difficulty maintaining focus in stiff offshore winds, the main challenge was trying to resist hot whiskeys from my friend Tricky from McGarrigles pub in Sligo. He rocked up with his pimped out VW van and started making very tempting and tasty hot whiskeys for the crowd that had gathered on the cliff to witness the barrel fest. Just another taste of the super hospitable Sligo/Donegal crew!”
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