Surf by Moonlight

Mark Patterson

How’s Everyone …

June already … unbelievable … and with it, a nice warming about the place. 20C here today. Good full moon and clear skies last night too – the drive back from the Fleadgh hoolie in the Bennedy up in the mountain was like something out of a movie. I bet some of you got a ‘moonie’ this week – a surf by moonlight. Possible at times, but a bit spooky.

Folks at home and abroad have been on it this week. Amazing shots in from Billy in Oz. Even Mekenas has been getting waves in Oregon, instead of taking pictures of onshore slop the whole damn time.

Weekend is a north/south divide (!). Up here – a sleeper. Out west, much to surf. Full cast below

Some other things …

Gallery 21

She’s up. Cheers to Rory for webmastering this week. New gallery featuring the McCauleys, Shiho and Macklin, and Burliegh Billiard. Nice ….

http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/radiofoyle/programmes/markpatterson/surfing/gallery21/gallery.shtml

Port East – Centre Opens

Good news ahead of the winter chill zone. Rachel from Coleraine Council mails a new development:

“As a fellow surfer, I’m sure you’ll have noticed the recent work at East Strand, Portrush. The new Watersports Centre is a designated centre aimed at watersports users (surfers, bodyboarders, surf kayakers etc) and contains showers (including hot showers), changing facilities for male and female (including internal group changing facilities), a training room with kitchen (for that important after-surf tea) and also first aid facilities with look-out point for beach lifeguards. It’s a big step for the local surf community and we’re sure it will be a huge success (a hot shower after 4ft East Strand in winter should go down a treat!). We are holding an official launch of the centre on Friday 8th June …”

Sounds good, esp the bit about the tea …

Bundo Warm Water Classic.

Peter mails the plan for this event, which see an emphasis on old school retro approaches to surf culture. Its gonna be at Tullan Strand on the 30th of June and 1st of July. Check the Bundoran Surf co for all details. Sounds good.


“Planet Earth” site

Ocean lovers especially all over the world enjoyed the BBC’s Planet Earth series with David Attenborough. Heres the link to the fancy PE site, and if you’ve time to potter around, there is some amazing stuff in there … vid clips, species profiles etc. Check the “Planet Earth Explorer”, which works a bit like Google Earth. Click the cursor just off South Africa. Its got that amazing footage of the slo-mo Great White Shark attacking the seal. Quality for sure. Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/planetearth/flashapp/


‘Drift’ Pods

Howard mails from the online surf zine “Drift”. New podcasts have been added with Taj, Irons etc. Site always worth a look anyway. Stylish. Link to that:

http://www.driftmagazine.co.uk/


Flat Water Kayaking

After the recent success of the Sea Kayaking course run by Foyle Paddlers, Ger McGahey (who is often out there in the local lineup with his surf kayak) mails another course. Heres Ger:

“Foyle Paddlers Canoe Club based at Prehen Boathouse, Waterside are running a ‘Flat Water Kayaking Beginners Course.’ This course is open to all and is an introduction to the different strokes and basic techniques. Start on Tuesday 29th May @ 7.00pm – meeting at the boathouse. The cost of the course is £50 for the five-week course and includes all equipment hire. For further info: Contact: Roger: (0044) 077 63 566314 or Roger.W.Norris@invista.com”

Joe – New Charter Site

I know it’s a tad commercial, but I’m including it because Joe Williams is known to many in this batch from his visits to the Emerald Isle. He has also sent amazing pics for years now. His surf charter site has been updated, and includes some pure lush surf pics in the opening page, including Slater etc. I note Irish Pro Mickey Morgans testimonial in there too. ‘Tis a dream to get out to Indo on a charter some day. Who knows. Maybe early next year? Takers? All the best to Joe and Amy from all who know them. Link: http://www.surgingwaters.com/index.php

That’s it…

Catch plenty

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FORECAST

Friday 1st June, blowy but bright here in town today, after a sleepy sort of week in the water up north. Webcams today and Portrush is flat but sunny… La Hinch in Clare is chest high and perfect, and Peter reckons Bundoran will get better as the weekend progresses.

The forecast, and it looks like a bit of a sleeper up north this weekend with a shapeless swell lapping up with kneehigh waves at best. Out west is a different story. A small, west to south westerly swell is gathering, and with largely offshore wind, it should send the big spots in around bundoran headhigh or so. Weekend winds go onshore by Sunday, so, far from perfect, but it looks like more offshore clean sunny waves out west, midweek too.

On the BBC 5 day …. Clear apart from a gloomy at times Saturday. Low tide, Lisahally today 3pm. Low tomorrow 3pm, and low again Sunday midday. Weekend, full moon tides are right up to 2 and a half metres in town – increasing slowly.

My bet? A bit breezy, but out West tomorrow.

The water still has a nip, but many are starting to bring out the thinner summer wetsuits. It’s a great time of year when the waves are there. So surf safe. The Magic Seaweed, Irish Surfer and Irish Surf Association websites have all sorts of information for people who want to get in the water. Or join our online ‘batchcast’ community for regular surf updates and online features.

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