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Gary McCall's photo of Portrush

Matt, Toby and Ben at the slab

Average rating of 4.06 from 51 votes

Portrush

Spot Location: UK + Ireland > Northern Ireland > Portrush

Date Taken: 5th April 2009. 17265 page views since 6th April 2009.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
9.5ft 10s 256.83°     12
mph
Overcast 52°f
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croney29 Apr 11, 2009 Rating: -6

The gayness of this picture has nothing to do with the fact there on sponges. Its coz the guy on the red looks like he's lining up to give and the guy on the blue looks like he's arching up to recieve. I havn't seen a wham video as homoerotic as this photo. regards!!

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mcdonaldstray Apr 10, 2009 Rating: 7

I love the fact that theres standup surfers mocking the spongers surfing this wave when theres no pictures of any standups surfing it.

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mantis Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 2

aside from all the fun over which form of board riding is mas macho, what is the water temp there?

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Portpipe Apr 10, 2009 Rating: 2

you're a lucky man not needing a wetty, but i kinda like my wetsuit too, it does its job superbly and its not to restrictive.

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mantis Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 1

cheers porta. I guess it is safe to assume a *steamer* is a form of thick wetsuit or dry suit. 5+mm? I live in Queensland and dont even own a wetsuit so forgive my ignorance. But I would like to say I grew up thinking there is no surf in your part of the world, however I stand corrected .pls disregard my occasional attack on U.K. surf. Just taking the mikey (dora). If I ever did do a trip to the world renowned Irish pubs, I will take my board. p.s. dont drink and surf kids

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Portpipe Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 1

bout 8C, not that bad. with steamer on you're good for a few hours

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kiwi J Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 0

never mind the argument whether to stand up or lie down, thats a messy chop no matter which way you look at it, good photo nonetheless

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Kiwi John Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 1

is that you kiwi J..!?!

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Shorey Apr 8, 2009 Rating: -1

Just a wedge is all, looks pretty damn sorted to me.

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ADD TO cART Apr 8, 2009 Rating: -2

Boogernick > Thats *gay* as in lighthearted and carefree and not used as an *anti* term ... right? Or are you trying to tell us something?

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boogernick Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 0

yes is was meant as lighthearted...isn't it all, because if it isn't then that IS gay

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Shorey Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 0

its gay as in the pope

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boogernick Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 6

It seems to me that all the gay comments are coming from the stand ups....are you guys trying to tell everyone something....you know what they say about people who are anti something, that they are really trying to hide their true feelings.

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Easily:HyPn0tiZ3d Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 0

dude-chick

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Spongerdudette Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 1

You've hit the nail on the head there boogernick, spot on.

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Portpipe Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 4

bla bla bla same old sh*t lads, change the record or dont play it. thats a very technical wave to get right on a sponge. get it wrong (which usually is the case) and you get battered, maybe thats the whole appeal but at least we can get it wrong and laugh without worrying about breaking our little sticks. golly gosh the drama!

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.....SPARTACUS!! Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 0

c'mon.....now you cant have your spongecake.....and eat it too!!

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Portpipe Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 1

might be true sqizlle but i'll allways have my tray in the corner waxed up and ready. if i dont take to the stand up i'll just bring it here and snap it

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.....SPARTACUS!! Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 2

No!No!No!......you're a surfer now Ppipe......remeber you are getting a board from your brothers friends cousin who shapes and so on and so forth........your comments should have read......gutsliders are ignorant turds with shriveled limp willies:)

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Matt Wright Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 9

reluctant to join the very old back and forth about the merits, or otherwise, of spongin, as compared to stickin, particularly as im the baldy boy on the red lid - could be inviting a torrent of abuse ha ha. That said, I do find it all a bit stoopid, unless it's done in good humour, as in about half the cases on here. In Ireland I've experienced very little of the booger vs stand vitriol, the odd visitor to these shores being the usual exception. A great deal of respect exists here between competent boys of ALL surf craft, and that's great. However, boogers do themselves no favours, in my humble opinion, of not using their sponge to charge the hollowest, thickest chunks they can find [or at least, not aspiring to...]. Not all lid riders are into that sort of wave, and that's cool, but the question then follows, why bodyboard? If I hadn't discovered a good deal of very sucky, hollow waves to mix in with the usual beachie fare, I'd be pretty fed up with the sponge. Additionally don't be hard on standups that find it extremely difficult to paddle into dirt shallow slabs like this, we have an obvious, clear advantage. I genuinely enjoy surfing slabs with any sort of wave rider, love it when they get a sick one, and just love it when they provide the entertainment by gettin flogged.

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Easily:HyPn0tiZ3d Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 1

will you cook me pancakes if I come to visit pop's

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PapaW Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 1

You have what?

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westmonster Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 0

Yes, I have.

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PapaW Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 3

I have a spare room, come and visit free of charge and we'll see f it challanges your almighty self. Its a serious offer, mail tobykick@yahoo.com if you ever do make it over.

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Matt Wright Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 1

Yes Westy, exactly. Maybe I should've spelt that out, but didn't think it was necessary ;-) As for not being a challenge, have you ever tried, esp. on a heavy wave?

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westmonster Apr 8, 2009 Rating: -3

Advantage as in: you have fins on, and your freaking laying down. Thats hardly a challenge if you ask me.

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Knife on Water Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 5

Free swim is over. All you kids out of the pool!

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Shorey Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 4

The truth is stand ups dont have the nuts for something like this. If they did they would be way out on the shoulder hiding from the barrel.

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Shorey Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 1

+1 sqirlly

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.....SPARTACUS!! Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 5

Shorey, where do they attach the strap-on to the booger.........you know what....don't answer that!!!!

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Shorey Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 9

So was the surfer in sqirls photo, note foot straps and very short board. so what was your point again?

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grandfield Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 2

that bodyboarder was towed in to that wave in australia, just like all the other surfers that day. Bad example Shorey.

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Shorey Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 3

http://magicseaweed.com/photoLab/viewPhoto.php?photoId=79190

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Shorey Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 3

Exception to the rule as always. :)

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.....SPARTACUS!! Apr 7, 2009 Rating: -3

That wave looks like a pile of warmed up Shite (great shot though Gary), you spongerinos can keep it.......oh yeah Mr. Stand Ups Hide from the Barrel (that is you Surly Lover) check this link http://magicseaweed.com/photoLab/viewPhoto.php?photoId=99525

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rossthebodyboardbasher Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 34

I agree

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Spongerdudette Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 43

Same old thing - the stand up verus bodyboarding. Are those who stand up better than spongers. No- I don't think so, but whatever. The argument is really BORING.

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Mel in Florida Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 4

yea where the hell did pcola get that from?

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Easily:HyPn0tiZ3d Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 0

don't push your religous blasphemy on me dude-chick

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Spongerdudette Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 0

I can guarantee that I am ALL woman in every way, and definately have no inclination to be a dude. I just enjoy the sea like everyone else. Get over it pcola. Anyway, I hope that you all have a good Easter break, and able to catch some good waves.

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Spongerdudette Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 0

I am definately ALL woman, and have no inclination to be a dude. I just enjoy the sea as much as anyone else. But pcola, I think that I may of upset you during our previous encounters- didn't mean to, but there you go. Live and let live- enough said.

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Spongerdudette Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 0

I can guarantee that I'm ALL woman.

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Spongerdudette Apr 9, 2009 Rating: 0

You're right Shorey- I'm definately all WOMAN

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Shorey Apr 8, 2009 Rating: -4

Whats that? you are interested in chicks who want to be dudes?

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PapaW Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 1

Are you sure about that.. !

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Easily:HyPn0tiZ3d Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 1

i kno what it is shorey, I just find these chicks who wana b dudes to be very fascinating

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.....SPARTACUS!! Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 3

And the bitches......hence bitching

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Shorey Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 4

thats dudette I believe PC

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Easily:HyPn0tiZ3d Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 8

the only one's who are bitchn r spongers, dude

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NIB Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 3

i reckon theres quite a few retards on her that like droping anchor in poo bay ! i suggest they go to a gay site, they know who they are !

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NIB Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 5

forgot to mention, that didnt include spongers!

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salaminizer Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 16

nice happyslabbing

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.....SPARTACUS!! Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 7

The ol' fart sponger looks like he is about to slip the sponger in the center of the photo with the red rocket!.....could it be proof positive that sponging is a gay sport?

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fence fowl Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 7

There's a hell of a lot of jealousy on here from people who would won't admit that they'd much rather be where those spongers are than sat behind their desks right now

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Meunchkkleeerrr III Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 0

correct on both counts! but i was in the water when these chaps were....jsut wish i was now too!

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FBU Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 1

Not if they stand because they would be scared haa ha haa!

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Meunchkkleeerrr III Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 1

ahhhh give the spongers a break lads! its a nice litle slab pic isnt it. Although might have used photoshop to 'erase' the junk floating around it..

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.....SPARTACUS!! Apr 6, 2009 Rating: 4

mel you ought to like this one http://magicseaweed.com/user.php?id=38444

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Mel in Florida Apr 6, 2009 Rating: -1

hmm they look pretty far out

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Didier Apr 8, 2009 Rating: 2

yeahhh mannn, farr out mannn!

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Pobster Apr 6, 2009 Rating: 3

I love this picture. It just typifies sponging for me: so undignified, lacking in grace and truely a past-time for the inferior species.

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mantis Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 0

lol ( pretty good shorey).

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Shorey Apr 6, 2009 Rating: 0

Wind up results are in ..... FAIL

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Kiwi John Apr 6, 2009 Rating: 6

(geezer with red sponge says)....oooooo chase me!! chase me!! (geezer in middle says).....ooooo look at that rusty starfish (geezer on left says)....got any mince (geezers on boat say)....look at those gays on trays.....and so on

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Matt Wright Apr 7, 2009 Rating: -1

aaah, great, feel soiled now, thanks ;-)

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Kiwi John Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 2

....the Rusty Starfish is the same as a Rusty Sherrifs Badge and is in Kak Canyon.

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Didier Apr 7, 2009 Rating: 3

Heh i like it!

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.....SPARTACUS!! Apr 6, 2009 Rating: 0

hahaha...good one kiwi

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Matt Wright Apr 6, 2009 Rating: 9

i like it, esp as that's exactly what i was shouting... [i just don't get the rusty star fish bit, sorry]

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PapaW Apr 6, 2009 Rating: 13

hehe thanks :)

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Keith Panini Apr 6, 2009 Rating: 3

+34 rating

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Kiwi John Apr 6, 2009 Rating: 7

(geezer with red sponge)....oooooo chase me!! chase me!! (geezer in middle).....ooooo look at that rusty starfish (geezer on left)....got any mince (geezers on boat)....look at those gays on trays.....and so on

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Portpipe Apr 6, 2009 Rating: 43

thats a nasty looking little hole

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Sqirleen Dion Apr 6, 2009 Rating: 8

I was going to correct myself.....but I think bot friend is probably more likelys ;)

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Sqirleen Dion Apr 6, 2009 Rating: 1

Thats what cows last botfriend said!!!!

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Matt Wright Apr 6, 2009 Rating: 2

That's a class capture Gary, you got it goin on with that one [whatever that means].

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