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What a damn awful week

11:49 20th July 2007 by Mark Patterson
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Hows Everyone…

What a damn awful week. Can’t remember a worse time for waves. Scored out west last week in mushy onshores, but on the whole the place has been pure lulled to pieces … and a distinct lack of any quality Irish stoke either reported or pictified. Its coming though … A wee blip of swell is gathering for next week. But the weekend is looking pretty poor. Ankle biters. A good one to hit a festival like www.glasgowbury.com maybe? A few surfers are headed that way fersure …. I’ll have Paddy Glasgow on Radio Ulster today about 345pm our time.

Full text cast below as usual tho. A bit shorter mind…

Other things…

“Surfism” – Total.

All cash is in and counted. We raised £663 – or the best part of a thousand Euro for alans campaign. Im still pretty stoked about the whole thing, and the warm welcome the NW surfers gave Alan. He even won one of the wetsuits in the raffle fair and square! His family and supporters never heard a yell like the one that went up when he spoke to us on the night via his Skywriter keyboard. The place lifted. He was only back in ireland the day before form primary surgery, but insisted on meeting the surfers who were supporting him. Amazing character. Amazing young man. Cheers to all who supported the event in any way. And cheers for all feedback on the batch from folk like Johnny:

“just a thanks for the invite to the surfism gig, myself and my mates all had an excellent nite, realy well planned, tho i wouldnt of mined winning sum of jays photos lol, thanks again man, cheers”

Continue to keep abreast of Alan Doherty’s progress, or meet him for the first time, at www.friendsofalandoherty.com

Your Profiles.

Yizzerlookingood!! Check out the first “batch profiles” we have up. Some great crack, and great to hear different people’s personal takes on life, times and surfing. As for the rest … even if youre a beginner – CMAAAAAANNN .. Get your details back to us. Link.

NW Surf Club

Inishowen’s finest, Eoin Doherty has been selected as the first Club Secretary for the NWSC. No better man. All correspondance and club communication should go through Eoin in future. In the meantime, Iain mails this update:

“… the North West Surf Club is aiming to hold its first event on Sunday July 29th, at Ballyheirnan Bay, Fanad, Co. Donegal. It will be a practice comp followed by a beach clean up and bbq for all participants. The practice comp is for anyone who would like to enter contests and has never done so before. Each surfer will surf in a 4 man heat then he/she will judge a heat there will be no winner on the day and no entry fee, the idea is to educate surfers who want to compete as to what is involved in doing so. The club aims to run at least 3 comps aimed at all abilities this year and will culminate with a club champion being crowned at the Christmas party in December. The beach clean up is self explanatory but it is essential that as surfers we show we can respect the environment that gives us som much pleasure. Memberships will be available at the beach on the day €30 full memebership(includes ISA insurance and eligibilty to compete) and €10 social membership (does not give ISA insurance cover but gives members right to vote.) Please could you give the event a mention on this weeks batchcast as we’d love to kick off with a great event for everyone.”

Anyone interested, keep the club mail handy: {encode=”nwsurfclub@googlemail.com” title=”nwsurfclub@googlemail.com”}

Coast

After Attenborough, I reckon Coast is the best natural-world programming the beeb does. Tom B mails from the County Clare to say the programme about SW Ireland – Baltimore to Galway – (including some Ailleens footage?) has been resheduled for this Tuesday the 24th on BBC2. The programme site says “We’re very sorry this programme was cancelled in England, Wales and NI on Sunday 8th July.” It was because of sports scheduling. Anyways. A great show. Lets see how they treat the coast here. Quality website too. Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/coast/

National Geographic – Claire

Meet Claire Meech. Claire has an idea for a telly programme shes making for National Geographic about wave energy – or ‘eco-engineering’ to be exact. She wants to hookup with Irish surfers, tap some wave energy, and use it as a device for the programme eg: to power a TV on the beach etc. Ive suggested that idea of the night surf from last years batch ie, use waves to power a night light, or even the Inishowen Pro Tour caravan!!, and she’s all ears. I’ll mail more detail when its clearer. In the meantime, Ive put Clare in touch with Tom Buckley and John Mccarthy in Clare.

On It

~ Ger, king of the irish surfari bar none, just back from the deep south west, again, with his son Bosco:
“Wayhey man, not so much surf, but got Inch and dumps at brando nice for a couple of days. Did me diving course with Bosco and we are all headin out to dive on the Blasket Islands this Thursday. Also headin up to Bundo for this weekend!”

~ Doolie raises an interesting question from the NW:

“had a decent surf this week along with about 100000 jelly fish. Do you know if the ones we get here sting ya?”
~ Mekenas, Oregon. “Raining now, but no wind, air temp is 60……….. surf is small …… small …….. Small … I don’t feel too bad leaving town for a speed run to San Francisco and back…. Should pick up Sat. to 7ft…. see a few of you in the water early on Sat.”

Just a text cast this week guys …. A changeable week of sun and heavy rain here in the homeland. Webcams today, Port is tiny, La hinch is flat, and Pete report Bundo as small as well, with better stuff due next week..

The forecast and this period of miniscule swell continues for to lap about for the weekend, picking up slowly next week. A big swell is brewing our way from America, but drops down to Biscay, Iberia and the Canaries and misses us. After that, midweek, we get a hit for sure, but its moderating all the time on the charts, certainly set to be bigger out west. Its still a bit far out to call it properly, so track it yourselves at www.magicseaweed.com. If theres any real juice innit, I’ll batch an update midweek.

On the BBC 5 day, rain today, but brighter and sunnier over the weekend. Low tides at Lisahally, today 6pm, low tomorrow 6.30pm, and low again Sunday 7pm. High tides, moderate at 2.5 metrwes in the city, dropping.

My bet? Another tiny weekend, but brace yersels for the midweek out west. Lets hope its not crippled with more onshores.

Ok, catch plenty

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