Mark Alex's photo of Lahinch - Beach

Steve Thomas cruisin\'

Average rating of 4.36 from 202 votes

Lahinch - Beach

Spot Location: UK + Ireland > Ireland > Lahinch - Beach

Date Taken: 18th August 2008. 27730 page views since 1st September 2008.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
5.5ft 10s 255.1° 0.6ft 16s 1.8ft 3s 15
Drizzle 56°f
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soutie Sep 10, 2008 Rating: 7

hate to see him CHARGING mate.

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RHODRI Sep 8, 2008 Rating: 1

how are you supposed to put your swim fins on in those waves. i have a hard enough time putting mine on sitting on the beach.

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Freelancer Sep 8, 2008 Rating: 2

You must have one big ass,to use a toilet that size.

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surfndeez Sep 8, 2008 Rating: -1

i seen bigga waves in a toiiilet

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moo Sep 8, 2008 Rating: 1

Why are pommies always on the shoulder?

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slinky Sep 7, 2008 Rating: -1

clearly a fake

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kookdodger Sep 6, 2008 Rating: 0

Woops...I meant Steve...Mark is someone else

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kookdodger Sep 6, 2008 Rating: 0

Yeah this place (that we really shouldn't mention the name of) is awesome. Mark Thomas pictured is from Wales not Ireland however he does live over there now. Mark and his buddies specialise in tow surfing and if you'd ever been there you would know why. Anyone who says they would paddle into it at that size is very much mistaken. Because of the location of the wave and the way it breaks along the face at that size it's for the tow guys only. The argument of tow or nor to tow is about 10 years old now. Towing is here to stay. Surfing is evolving join the race or drop off the pace. Mark, Keep on charging mate!

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Science Before Superstition Sep 6, 2008 Rating: 9

To qualify this point before I make it..Ireland or UK - all lines on a map as far as surfing goes guys and girls. Good waves are good waves, wherever they are, no? To illustrate that, I can say that actually I've seen waves that size and shape (from what I can see of it from this pic) off of my local beach, down on the South coast of England, no less! Don't believe me? Well, take a trip to Chesil Cove on Portland, when there's a big tide, a big swell running and the wind's well into the Beaufort scale and you just might. I watched a wave, big enough to charge up the shingle back that is the beach, and still have the size and power to break OVER THE ROOF of the pub that overlooks it. Of course, to ride it might be a different matter - as anyone who knows what the beach there is like could testify. I grew up on it and I wouldn't.. I haven't said this as part of a game of one-upmanship - my point is that I CAN'T claim any sort of nationalistic pride because of it, anymore than I can claim ownership of the waves at my local break. True, my home will always have an emotional pull on me that other places won't - but my home could've been anywhere. Much like this wave. The man has balls of steel and I might just BUY him a cape for next time..

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jonah Sep 6, 2008 Rating: 0

you guy's have ball's the size of county clair!good on ya!

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rogg Sep 5, 2008 Rating: 0

both steve and tom (doidge) carry swim fins attached to their life jackets. that's what you can see.

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xu2fu Sep 5, 2008 Rating: 0

why is he wearing a cape?

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Surf seeker Sep 5, 2008 Rating: 1

how is the date the 18 ?

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happygolucky Sep 5, 2008 Rating: 2

i don't tow surf and agree with what yas are saying about tow surfing being used too much, i've seen people towing surfers and bodyboarders in 6ft shite in clare!! but if you have been to Aileens where this photo is taken & seen what the access is like to get to the surf if you decide to paddle it at that size, i think you'd probably stay on the cliff, when it's this size you have 10ft of white water to paddle through ontop of boulders then their's the rip running at 5-8 knots depending on the swell direction pulling you into the impact zone and across to the white water hell on the other side pinning you up against the cliff on the wrong tide, hence why he has fins atached to his side that everyone thinks is a cape, you get injured here you'd be glad if a ski was around

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Portpipe Sep 5, 2008 Rating: 1

on the same day there was a guy getting towed in on a bodyboard on the very same wave. now you'd need a pretty big pair of swim fins on to catch that beast.

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surfmonkey23 Sep 5, 2008 Rating: 2

I'm no expert, in fact this just looks completely insane to me (I've crapped myself in 6-8 before) but to the paddle in guys getting on your high horses I'd say this is a prime example of when tow in would be the only way.

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Phuket Possie Sep 5, 2008 Rating: 6


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insanedane07 Sep 5, 2008 Rating: 2

i think you guys are all crazy, thats a stand up paddle board!!!! lol

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Éogan mac Durthacht Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 2

Yes, this is a tow in, the board for one is a give away. I am compelled to agree with jonjonsan - this spot in particular, like many 'big wave spots' in this part of the world - once the waves get above 15 odd feet the jet skis are dug out and tow ins are the order of the day - I see tow in as a completely different sport to surfing - it has more in common with wakeboarding - Very few will take it on on a 9'6 - 11 board - as very few know how to. Compare whats going on here to Mavs or any number of big wave spots in central/northern california or for that matter parts of northern spain - there is a fascination here with tow in surfing that is bordering on the inane - sure its ballsy - but it takes a whole lot more balls to paddle in - kudos to them.

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Tragicallyhip Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 4

Yeah, it's gotta be tow in, years ago we used to to think the west coast was unrideable due to the cliffs but if you've the bollocks and fitness to go for that kinda size, then even if there's no history behind you you're gonna impress. All power to the new wave of Paddy chargers.

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jonjonsan Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 2

If you've ever surfed any kind of hollow big wave, it's evident this is tow-in surf. Otherwise the guy would just be about ready to get to his feet at a very critical stage. Basically he'd be in the tube before he gets to the bottom. It's a pity no one is doing paddle surfing there at this size. There was a time I used to enjoy being able to go out in big surf and ride big waves, because it offered me a form of solitude not found in small surf. Now with the Jet skies it's all over.. they're out there making wakes all over the place and getting into waves sideway right in front of you... no respect whatsoever for paddle surfers, nature, and the state of our planet. sad.

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Cuyagua Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 8

Batman riding a wave that can't be paddled in, wow..looks like tow-in or not?!

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nelch Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 4

ratbag, unless he's a midget that wave is a lot damn bigger than 5 metres.

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mozza Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 2

Sick wave!! I'd be cruisin if i was him too :D oh good land of Eire, great waves and great pubs, what else can you ask for? Slainte !!

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mozza Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 1

Sick wave!! I'd be cruisin if i was him too :S oh good land of Eire, great waves and great pubs, what else can you ask for? Slainte !!

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Portpipe Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 2

i love ireland. really.

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o'O Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 1

Shame it's not happened yet, but I know where am gonna be on the 18th!!

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catfish Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 9

Absolutly sick wave! There is no way on gods great earth that he paddled that. Board looks like 6,1, and about the unzipped life vest, who the hell paddles in with an unzipped life vest ??

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Ben Tredinnick Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 8

yeh i agree with ratbag most of you guys proberly havnt got the balls to ride stuff like this anyways,i know i havnt.so stop diggn and go surfing

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Big-G Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 0

Go an ya mad cert yee!....i love it!..

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Ratbag Sep 4, 2008 Rating: -1

That is a great wave, indeed! Is it possible that the so-called 'cape' is actually an unzipped life vest, which is unzipped because he paddled into that monster? He is riding a five meter wave and you all find it amusing to pay out on him from behind your PC screen. Get a grip guys!

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catfish Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 2

Whats with the stupid frock?

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surferboi0911 Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 8

no way he paddled in bro...but ridiculous none-the-less

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comatose721 Sep 4, 2008 Rating: 3

what's up with the wings?

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Sunam007 Sep 3, 2008 Rating: 0

Sweet wave so clean and massive !!!! And Lahinch is far from being in The UK . You need a serious Geograohy lesson . Such an amazing wave couldnt be in the uk

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~luca~ Sep 3, 2008 Rating: 3

Hey hey someblokecalleddave! Lahinch is in Ireland, NOT the UK. Peace brother, but that's a major insult to us Paddies. Come on over though, you're welcome! We've got more waves than you can shake a stick at :)

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surfMAINE Sep 3, 2008 Rating: 1

siiiick. paddle in? i dig the cape, too. nice touch.

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someblokecalleddave Sep 3, 2008 Rating: -12

Man that is mental and it's here in the UK, unbelievable!!!

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captainmorgan48 Sep 3, 2008 Rating: -12

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mrdoonbeg Sep 3, 2008 Rating: 8

yeah I was there standing on the cliff looking down awesome.. I rock

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Surf or die Sep 3, 2008 Rating: -1

is that a remote controled surfer?? Sweet

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The Rage Sep 3, 2008 Rating: -1


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archie69 Sep 3, 2008 Rating: 3

Cape Town has Dungeons ....... Ireland has Lahinch...worlds apart but yet the same

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Have a Laugh Sep 3, 2008 Rating: 1

i would make a height guess at a just overhead wedge

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budda Sep 3, 2008 Rating: 1

to be sure caped and flying

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Mark Alex Sep 3, 2008 Rating: -1

Ya, sorry dudes, this was shot on AUGUST 18/08 (Big Monday)

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HollisHangsTen Sep 3, 2008 Rating: 8

hahaha nice wave and photo but why does it say that this was taken on the 18th of september 08 when it is the 2 of semptember 08 right as i post this.

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pat gibbs Sep 3, 2008 Rating: 6

caped crusader