surfersteve's photo of Portrush

Surf isn\'t up to much lately, so here\'s some nice scenery...

Average rating of 4.23 from 62 votes


Spot Location: UK + Ireland > Northern Ireland > Portrush

Date Taken: 20th September 2008. 10232 page views since 23rd November 2008.

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sam_fujiyama Jan 20, 2009 Rating: 4

To Pseudo pro and all the other jesus freak automatons reciting their bible club propaganda. At least do a little research before launching into these long diatribes. Radio-carbon dating? What are you babbling about? People dont date rocks and stuff like this. Only bones and shit as it only provides rough estimates back about 70,000 yrs ago. To date rocks and guess the age of the earth they cross check radiometric dates of elements like lead and uranium.

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no1sponger Dec 5, 2008 Rating: -5

Immense photo bro!

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Shorey Nov 29, 2008 Rating: 1

Saw a similar debate once on www. whothehellcares.com.

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Portpipe Nov 29, 2008 Rating: -4

yeah waterdog, their ma was a circle and their da was a square.

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waterdog290 Nov 29, 2008 Rating: 2

AAAAAWWWWWWWW. Good shot. I've always wanted to know, is that a natural formation for those rocks? Do they naturally go to that hexagonal shape?

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spongefreak Nov 27, 2008 Rating: 1

WHOOOOOOHOOOOO back to the humour at last, that one went a bit pear-shaped there for a while, no less hilarious I might add, you are all correct of course since we are all the product of our own imagination.

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morganphillips Nov 27, 2008 Rating: 1

NZED - if you are anywhere near surf for more than 2 days of the year (my rate so far this year) you are doing a lot better than this 30 year old.by the way, don't blink

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nzed surfer Nov 27, 2008 Rating: -2

aww f*#k, I cant believe Im almost thirty...

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nzed surfer Nov 27, 2008 Rating: -1

the earths only 29 years old, and in march it'll be thity

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charlieboystorm Nov 26, 2008 Rating: -3

Ah yes these are the stones that my great uncle jimmy and his mates carved out whilst waiting for the potatoes to grow. Some sort of board game that they were mad for at the time. You know the deal, run out of green, no waves and not a flat bit of ground to kick a ball around. He did say that god turned up with his soft hands but it was a Sunday so of no help at all.

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mcnamara Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 2

dpb, that was all a joke right...? you are not serious? happy bible study, have..erm...fun? anyway in the words of satan in southpark the right answer was the mormons! the mormons know all!!!

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Portpipe Nov 26, 2008 Rating: -1

this might be a case for mouldy and scally

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7 Nov 26, 2008 Rating: -2

> Pic is great; > Half-life of carbon too short to find age of earth - longer lived isotopes needed, and ones more likely to be found in rocks; > 60% of all humans deeply believe something profoundly superstitious, and no amount of reason will EVER budge them an inch; > no one knows the truth; > but be there a god or gods, running a hand along the face of a head-high wave is as close as I'm ever likely to come to it; > nice pic, and no amount of bile can change that. > PS. I don't need or want to be saved, but thanks.

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vinw Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 0

Badrat - you're not speaking for yourself - I'm with you mate! dpb - you missed another reference to the age of the Earth - Brighton - of course, you will claim that the whole Jurrasic period, fossil record thing is not based on any real evidence - bloody scientists with their empirical methods! Oh, and before you have a pop at others about challenging beliefs, you might like to scroll back and remember who started this whole age-of-the-Earth argument!

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Pseudo pro Nov 26, 2008 Rating: -4

Badrat I presume you are speaking on behalf of the thousands of people that use this site? Or perhaps just yourself... Anyways to anyone that happens to be blessed by the scripture that I quoted I pray you will take it to heart. Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts. I'm off to Bible study, it's been a pleasure.

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Cow Abunga Nov 26, 2008 Rating: -1

Your belief isn't the problem TCP, it's your cut and paste bible lectures that are OTT.

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Portpipe Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 3

longboyboard. we are the only species that has questioned our origins, although i thought my dog might have been thinking about were he came from there the other day but i cant be too sure.

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Pseudo pro Nov 26, 2008 Rating: -1

Hi Badrat. Why can one man express one belief (of the earth being 4.7 billion years old), and another not express a belief of the Word of God? I am not self righteous. I am as much if not more of a sinner as any of you. All I'm saying is that you're all beefing on me simply because you don't like my beliefs. So it's hypocritical to say about all different faiths because you're not accepting them all.

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Cory Nov 26, 2008 Rating: -3

These comments are proof that religion is war. just enjoy the fuckin pic, listen to heavy metal, and quit beliving in fantasy land. the earth is way older than 6000 years.

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Cow Abunga Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 1

Sorry about this everyone but PISS OFF 'dpb'!. This is NO place for this crap as there's a mix of every faith in surfing, from Buddhism to Islam, Hindus to Pagans, our true religion lies within the ocean and we don't need some half baked opinionated loony spouting his self-righteous views here, you wanna do that, go knock on some doors around your own neighborhood. I'm agnostic, if I ever meet god I'll say ta, if not, so what, the surf was good and people took nice photos of it.

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Pseudo pro Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 13

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

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LongBoyBoard Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 2

Religion is the aftermath of evolution,,, when a life form reaches a level of intelligence it always wonders where it has come from….when the life form makes discoveries in biology and science it realizes the origins of life,,, so humans don’t have long to go now before realizing this, the sooner the better and stop using religion to kill others. you Fornicating baboon

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Pseudo pro Nov 26, 2008 Rating: -5

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

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Andy32 Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 1

dpb wat r u doing can you speak for yourself stop copying and pasting big articles into mgs! You can't hit off radio carbon dating anyway you belive that the earth was created 6,000 years ago. You need to get real and stop believing what you heard in bible class.

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MartinK Nov 26, 2008 Rating: -1

Ah brainwashed bible bashers (dpb) irritate me!

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Kiwi John Nov 26, 2008 Rating: -1

Fuck all this...i'm off to sunny Grenada in the Carribean. See you all in two weeks. Hahahahahahah.

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Pseudo pro Nov 26, 2008 Rating: -6

Although the theory of radiocarbon dating is interesting, there are several inherent problems with the process. The first of these problems is the fact that the original ratio of carbon and radioactive carbon is unknown. The second problem is that the possibility of contamination of the sample over time is quite high. The older the sample the higher the probability of contamination. What this means is that using carbon dating to date very old samples is really quite impractical given our current level of knowledge and technological capabilities. While carbon dating continues to be considered by many as a viable way of obtaining authoritative dates for a wide range of artifacts and remains, there is much room for error in the process. Even the use of accelerator mass spectrometry to analyze the relative levels of carbon and radioactive carbon has resulted in flawed determinations. It is not uncommon for different laboratories to determine quite different ages for the same artifact! While some of this deviation could possibly be explained by contamination or erred methodology in the labs themselves, it is apparent that the problems with carbon dating are much more complex than that. Very simply put, too many things are unknown to allow the carbon dating process to be as accurate as many proclaim it to be. Factors as diverse as changes in the earth’s magnetic field and changes in the amount of carbon available to organisms in times past could translate into perceivable differences in the carbon ratios in artifacts and remains from ancient times. Even changes in the atmosphere itself could impact this carbon ratio. We know that changes such as these have occurred over time. They are still occurring today in fact. The fact that carbon and radioactive carbon are independently formed means that their ratios to one another could have changed substantially from ancient times to today. To base our knowledge on the age of the earth and its various constituents on information gleaned from a technique that depends on carbon and radioactive carbon ratios is very simply unrealistic.

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Mac Al Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 1

i live in belfast and visited this place for the first time in my life about 3 months ago... the photo does it justice.. its full of big mcdonalds eating americans trying to climb up rocks and normally geting stuck or falling and having to be airlifted to safety...

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Andy32 Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 2

yeah the american guy who invented radio carbon dating was also a key figure in the creation of the atomic bomb that was dropped on hiroshima killing about 250,000 innocent people. well if i were you, i would not be boasting about how brilliant he is now but again alot of americans take pride in that kind of shit

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AmbiguousGenitalia Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 1

Those rocks are wild.. I've never seen that sort of thing before. Beautiful shot.

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C*nt! Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 2

its the foundations of the Lost City of Atlantis! think about it.

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Cow Abunga Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 1

dpb, you bimbo, if you carbon date a rock that's cooled magma that's come from deep inside the Earth, of course it's going to carbon date at 300,000 years old! It's molten rock from near the Earths core, NOT something that was rustled up from the plastic pixie factory last week.

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mcnamara Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 4

i think that wolves did it! they get the blame for everything!

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Pseudo pro Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 0

Ah yes westmonster, radio carbon dating. When Mt St Helens erupted there were rocks formed in a matter of hours. Someone took one of these rocks to be dated by radio carbon dating. The result? It estimated the age of the rock at being over 300,000 years old. Lets all rely on carbon dating shall we? Give that American a pat on the back.

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~Maloy~ Nov 26, 2008 Rating: -4

Its funny how an intricate image such as this shows us how stupid we all can be on a blog.

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Grunty Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 11

And on another note, I'd like to have carnal knowledge of a goat.

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Grunty Nov 26, 2008 Rating: -3

Oh and he's right... Giant's Causeway is aprox 70 mil yrs old apparently.. http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/gsl/geoscientist/pid/3473;jsessionid=E8DCAC17883D28D101F86E6DF943BB5B

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Grunty Nov 26, 2008 Rating: 12

I think he was suggesting that the stone formation was 70 mil yrs old, not the earth. Fun reading is http://www.amazon.com/Short-History-Nearly-Everything/dp/0767908171 on that note. Apparently the age of the earth has been hotly debated for a very long time!

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westmonster Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 1

Papa I believe you are referring to catholics and assorted religious zealots. Catholicism is not American in origin as you undoubtedly know. Furthermore, we can thank an AMERICAN for radiocarbon dating a technique which has allowed us to study the age of our planet and the things in it. I know, I know... hook, line and sinker right?

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harveywallbanger Nov 25, 2008 Rating: -4

There was actually a long harbour wall made from these stones that collapsed into the sea about 300 meters out around 450 years ago.... rumour has it that last summer some rich boat owner cruising off the coast dropped a bottle of Smirnoff into the water by mistake... this being the result.

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WA Nov 25, 2008 Rating: -1

That's PRISTINE Bra!!

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Pseudo pro Nov 25, 2008 Rating: -5

and the pope's hindu

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Andy32 Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 10

you wouldn't be able to handle the cold. For all u religious freaks the world is about 4.7 billion years old.

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bmxican009 Nov 25, 2008 Rating: -2

tisk tisk tisk.... i should know how old the world is for i am god. I made this shithole only a few minutes ago, and implanted memories within each of you giving yourself an individual " identity "...PS surf on the gulf sucks so i think im gonna get on that next

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Papa Chambo Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 1

I am surrounded by idiots.....If you ask any good American, the earth is only 8000 years old and was created by God in 6 days, and this clever bit of landscaping must have been created on day 3 during the separation of the land from the oceans....so it can only be 7997 years old. Right, with that sorted I'm off to touch some choirboys.

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Cow Abunga Nov 25, 2008 Rating: -2

It would've been sooner, but we was waiting for the plaster to dry.

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7 Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 14

Idiots! The earth is only 183.4723 years old. Everything - our history, memories, and the whole ball of wax - was created at the time of inception. Sure, the light from the Andromeda galaxy supposedly took 2,500,000 years to get here, but that ignores the Great Cabal's fantastic powers, having created the galaxy itself, and a bunch of photons between it and us, just 183.47 ... oh, wait, that's now 183.4718 years ago ... oh, wait, now it's ... Great photo.

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jethro Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 2

Actually f@*k it, I'll second portpipe's theory!

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jethro Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 0

6000 years old?! The earth is billions of years old, humans were in existence 6000 years ago! Or is this some kinda subtle sarcasm? (It took me a few seconds to realise Papa Chambo's comment!) Anyway, very nice pic....

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Portpipe Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 16

yous are all wrong. ye see a long time ago, longer than 70m years ago, there was this big giant that lived in portrush, no not al mennie but someone with the same silly accent and the same love of surfing called Fionn mac Cumhaill, finn mc cool to all ye people who dont know irish. Fionn had a dream, he wanted to surf some quality reef breaks up on the north coast because he was sick of the trek to bundo and sick of the inconsistant beach breaks down at his local caravan site. he hatched a plan, a cunning plan. it was to build an artificial reef that would break in a perfect A frame every time but also had a footpath out to it. GENIUS! Trouble was another giant from scotland by the name of Benandonner, caught wind of his idea and set about coming over to sabbotage it. unfortunately, for us nordies he did. he came across and smashed it up, foot path and all and now we still have to go over to the west coast for our reefs.

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Pseudo pro Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 12

Don't listen to andy32, the earth is not 70 million years old. There is simply no solid scientific proof suggesting such a thing, and if you believe the lies that the (un)scientific community spout then you're as brainwashed as they are. The earth is approximately 6 thousand years old and the amazing and dramatic appearance of the earth today was caused by a huge cataclysmic flood about 4 thousand years ago.

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Will Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 2

Causeway! thats what it was

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Will Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 6

Aren't those rocks called the Giant's Staircase or something like that?

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discobarr Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 2

sorry i spelt your name and stalic wrong as well. i have failed in my joke :(

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discobarr Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 1

no no no richey stalligmights.

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RichyB Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 13

I think they call them stalactites or something?

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Andy32 Nov 25, 2008 Rating: -4

The giants causeway was formed about 70 million years ago when the eurasian and american plates seperated, it streched the earths crust and lava flowed out onto the surface forming these amazing looking hexagonal basalt columns.

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Portpipe Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 1

man such a good shot, you captured the magic of the place perfectly

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Papa Chambo Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 3

High five Kiwi.....we got one.....was fishing for yanks....but a japanese will do.

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Kiwi John Nov 25, 2008 Rating: -1

Papa, it seems yanks aren't the only ones that struggle with sarcasm!

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waxymaxy Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 11

ireland at its best

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leeleach Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 2

actually, the rocks in the foreground are natural. That nature's landscaping. Something to do with the way the rocks cooled after a volcanic episode. Bottom line, awesome pic.

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Papa Chambo Nov 25, 2008 Rating: -1

We never build stuff like that on the coast here in mainland England. You guys are clever.....what's the point of it then....is it....like art or something?

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Kiwi John Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 2

...it's amazing what a good Landscaping Company can do!!

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archibald gruntfuttock Nov 25, 2008 Rating: -2

nice shot dude. this kinda stuff is partly why I regularly check out photo on msw great!

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Papa Chambo Nov 25, 2008 Rating: -1

Wow, look at those weird hexagonal rocks....

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C*nt! Nov 25, 2008 Rating: -12

The Giants mush have had the day off!

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Gary McCall Nov 25, 2008 Rating: 2

Nice shot man!

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surfpi.co.uk Nov 24, 2008 Rating: -2

Awsome shot, one of the best ive seen of the causeway.

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K-man Nov 24, 2008 Rating: -1

Excellent shot, was there a ND filter used.



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