Ireland is not synonymous with Big Wave Surfing


Conor Maguire has taken the surfing world by storm in recent years and he was quick to take up the opportunity of a lifetime when the aftermath of Hurricane Epsilon gave rise to 60ft waves off the coast of his native Ireland.

– Maguire has been surfing since he was 11 and he went on to become the youngest European to be shortlisted for the World Surf League’s Big Wave Awards.

– The 26-year-old also received an invite to the world-renowned Punta de Galiea XXL in 2017–18, which catapulted him to bigger, global recognition.

– This time around, Maguire was quick to pounce on a weather forecast which looked almost too good to be true when he travelled to Mullaghmore, County Sligo.

– The fierce Atlantic Ocean conditions were caused when tropical Hurricane Epsilon merged with a depression to produce a giant low and huge, freak breakers out at sea.

– Mullaghmore – also known as the ‘Ultimate Prize’ – is known well by European big wave riders and this storm surge created waves up to 18 metres high with Maguire accompanied closely by a safety team and Red Bull film crew for his trip out.

– Afterwards, Maguire told RTÉ News: “There are only a handful of days like this one in your whole life pretty much, so to experience that today was pretty special.”

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