Big wave swell in Ireland due to Winter Storm Hercules not only made headlines in the surf industry yesterday – the Atlantic Ocean busted through town for a salt water shower in coastal communities, putting a Venetian touch on flooded towns in County Claire.
“Scary high tide is busting down doors through our streets this morning!” posted Irish locals.
Despite the destruction, hundreds of people gathered at Mullaghmore in County Sligo on Monday to watch some of the world’s best big-wave surfers take on dramatic surf in the 30-40 ft range.
The charging dare devils included: Kurt Rist (New York, USA), Nic Von Rupp (Lisbon, Portugal) and Tom Butler (Newquay, United Kingdom) who appeared on local television news:
Then, Billabong XXL found out about it. Here are some of the photo highlights from the XXL rides.
Ireland fierce as ever on Jan 6, 2014. Local Ollie O’Flaherty getting prepared for the ultimate shack. Photo: Offshore-Watersports Mullaghmore
Young local Irish charger, Ollie O’Flaherty. Photo: Billabong XXL| Michal Czubala
The Atlantic Ocean sure flexed its power. It was no joking matter.
“An apocalyptic storm is hammering through my old home,” posted ArtByEoin. Lahinch is a village on Liscannor Bay, on the northwest coast of County Clare, Ireland. Check out their video post: