Water still a bit nippy

Mark Patterson

I’m off tomorrow – hopefully set to get a shred or two in the good weather and new swell. Thats the idea anyway. Another week past of small, mostly onshore conditions. Things improve as of today, and theres some decent swell on the way though over the weekend. Sunny too. Could those magic offshore sunny conditions of a few weeks back make a welcome return?

Weekend

On paper its looking really good. Small clean waves at Port and La Hinch as we speak, and its probably a bit bigger at Bundo. A solid westerly swell builds another couple of foot in the next few days, so things could get really peachy. Winds are light and variable, mostly southies. The swell hovers west, or just below west, so some of the punch will be lost on the Causeway – chest at best?. On paper, the bigger reefs out west should go head, or head plus in nice sunny conditions. Water still a bit nippy.


Irish Nationals

This is on for Easkey all day on Saturday and Sunday – entry is 10 Euro per category. Its open to anyone, North or South, but you have to be an ISA member. If you havent registered to compete by yesterday, youre too late. Should be a good weekend for it though – swell for sure – and well worth a look if youre out that way on the weekend. Check www.isasurf.ie


New Surf Cafe – Rosknowlagh

Got a call about this, but no detail yet. Theres to be a screening of the new “Silver Surfari” movie in a new café – called “Mellow” I think – at Rosknowlagh (Sandhouse) later this month. I’ll try and get more info.

Sea Fishing “Licences”

Not sure whos pressing for the white paper in Westminster, but get a look at a story we covered this week. The “fish stock sustainablility” argument appears sound, but in effect it means that if the legistaion goes through, anyone from 13 years old upwards will need a “sea fishing licence” in N Ire / UK to even dip a cheap fishing rod in a rock pool, beach, or off the end of a pier. In Oz and the US, casual fishing in sea water is often strictly zoned etc, but here it’s always been free and a big part of peoples childhood. Early soundings are that the day charter boatmen are well angry, but I don’t think people have realised how it will effect kids, summer families etc. Anyways… here’s the story as I got it:

“Government proposals to introduce a rod licence for sea anglers haven’t netted much praise locally. The proposals are contained in a recently published white paper. It wants to ensure powers are available to safeguard the sustainability of stocks by managing exploitation by sea anglers and unregulated fishermen. Any licence could of course effect the most casual holidaymaker who drops a line off the end of a pier but those potentially more seriously effected are the skippers who run day trips for sea anglers”


Laird

Apparently the king of the big wave chargers Laird Hamilton is doing a promo gig in a fancy Dublin surfwear shop on the morning of the 8th May. The guys on the Irishsurfer forum dont seems so impressed, but I reckon Laird is interesting even if he’s just eating his dinner or sipping a stout or two. Living legend fersure. Heres the shop site anyway – all a bit ‘society’ – but keep an eye out. Link: www.onboard.ie

Jetskiers

Now, for sure, Im not trying to wind anything up here, but I’ve had 2 occasions recently talking to folk about jetskiers. The first was a concern about how close they were coming to surfers out the back – maybe 15 feet? – they were pulling off huge aerials and people were saying about what happens if one of them landed on you. The second was about the Easter bank holiday there, when they were right in at the beach, and apparantly the fumes and noise they were giving out really annoyed a lot of shoreside locals etc. So, whats the best way to talk to jetskiers and is there an acknowledged code of what they should and shouldn’t do when in close to others? Perhaps some of you reading this are jetskiers and know the crack. How do beach users/surfers make a point about about safety, coming too close in etc without any ensuing warfare or bad blood?

Hebrides / Skye

Was out there last month with work, and was totally amazed. Stunning primeaval panoramas in every direction. I was sailing up round there years ago, but wasn’t surfing back then. What an amazing place to go looking for waves, island hopping etc. A full Atlantic whack must set dozens of places alight. I don’t think we’ve any Hebridean surfers on this network, but I’d love an email or two if any of you know surfers over there. Id like to PM people and find out more. Twud be a lovely trip in the better weather when/if the Cambletown ferry starts up again in the summer from Ballycastle. Anyone else keen maybe on a wee trip over that way?

Van City

No surf at all in this one, but while the surf has been stuck in a bit of a lull recently, you have to hand it to the Van City skaters. This Youtube is a good insight into underground Irish skate culture. “Van City” was a come-all-ye type event when skaters from all over the island just agreed to meet up last weekend, camp at the beach or wherever, have a beer, and skate hard. The link is to a 5 minute film by McLiptrick. Really good vibe to the whole thing. Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNA8EFppvv8

That’s it.

Catch plenty,

m

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