Surfer Magazines Top 50 Big Wave Surfers
In the current issue of the American Surfing Magazine " Surfer" Al Mennie from the North Antrim coast
was included in the current list of the worlds Top 50 Big Wave surfers , along with Richie Fitzgerald from
This is quite an achievement and is very much putting Northern Ireland and Ireland on the map in the
Big Wave World communities.These big waves have been breaking here for centuries , and as a teenager
in the 1980`s I have stood and watched them along with experienced older surfers. Only the more recent
advent of powered water craft has really opened up the true possibilities of what we have on our doorstep.
Pioneers like Al and Richie(within the Irish scene - North and South) have been at the forefront for putting the
western side of Europe on the map, and instrumental bringing the first Big Wave Contest here which was held
at Mullaghmore Head Co.Sligo in February 2011.
You can see some of these monsters from Sligo in the Surfing Gallery .
Below is a couple of pictures of Al Mennie surfing Whiterocks ,close to Portrush on the 30th December 2012
Sponsored by Atlantic Soul Surf Co. amongst others
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