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July 30, 2010 at 11:15 am

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All Dolphins are Rapists

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July 11, 2010 at 11:53 pm

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More Cutbacks Forecast due to Continuing Recession

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The deepening recession is leading to a spate of serious cutbacks across the broad spectrum of Irish surfing. Leading analysists, drawing on wide ranging data have shown that cutbacks have increased by 25% since 2008 and this trend is set to continue well into 2011.They have also highlighted the strong correlation between job losses and the increase in surftime. Whereas in previous years it was only the minority of Irish surfers who could master the simple cutback it now seems that with all this free time, surfers are actually improving and the move has become de rigueur.

Johnie O’Brien, a Bundoran local, is once such young Irish surfer who recently found himself  affected by the downturn in the economy, ” During the Celtic Tiger years my surfing wasn’t really improving, in fact I’d go so far as to say I was actually getting worse. My long working hours meant that I little more than a wee weekend warrior. Nowadays I’m getting so much practise its all starting to pay off. I’ve finally mastered the art of  the lay-back thanks to these lay-offs”.

Cutbacks are affecting everyone

Cutbacks are affecting everyone

However, not everyone is happy about the recession. Grumpy locals at once quiet spots are complaining that “you can’t even pull up on a wednesday morning without seeing at least a dozen twenty-something dole-scrounging surfers on the hunt for waves”. Don reckons the failing economy is to blame for this upsurge of new talent and mourns the fact he cant even catch a wave out back on his fifteen footer without an upstart shortboarder sitting deeper than him and hooting him off. “It’s absolutely sickening, whereas we had to work and could only practise our surfing once a week these gobshites are getting sponsored by the Social and getting out there everyday. Disgusting!”

Pre-recession cutback.

Pre-recession cutback.

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October 7, 2009 at 12:45 am

Can you Canoe?

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Unknown charger styling while stunned surfer looks on in awe.

Unknown charger styling while stunned surfer looks on in awe.

A wave canoeist was reportedly seen turning and going left at an undisclosed wave in ireland today. According to eye witness reports he managed to get his whole wave riding craft at a sidaeways angle. “It completely blew my mind”, frothed  one stunned surfer who wishes to remain unnamed,  “he somehow managed to dig his whole paddle into the water while at the same time sliding out the tail of the canoe. I mean he nearly made it round the section for christsakes. This has completely changed my approach to wave-riding. I learnt more in the half hour watching this guy than I have in twenty years of surfing. To see something so functional while at the same time so beautiful really made my question my choice of equipment”.

The wave canoe is, as we all know, the oldest form of wave riding beating those puny hawaiians by millenia. Peruvians were tearing up the longest lefts in the world since B.C. and showing the world what could be done on a wave and a paddle. In fact most moves and aerials in modern surfing can be linked to canoes. So remember next time you see an analist canoeist at your spot show some respect, they have been there before you!

Peruvian caballito de totora ( transalted literally to mean arse sliders )

Peruvian caballito de totora ( transalated literally it means "arse sliders" )

However, its not just stylish turns and floaters that form the repetoire of a modern wave canoeists approach. There is also a core group of hellmen in canoes leading the way and setting the standards of what is possible to tow-in to at slabs such as Rileys these days. Smith reckons they charge deeper and harder than “just about anyone I’ve ever seen on a wave”.

So, take this as a word of advice: next time you are dropping in on some bum-surfer and pulling a straight hander, and generally getting in everybodies way out there, he could have been able to have turned and set his rail canoe and gone sideways. Well at least for a bit anyways..

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September 24, 2009 at 9:27 pm

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Gardai target Irish surfers music collections.

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Gardai Blast Out Some Jack Johnson In Portrush

Gardai Blast Out Some Jack Johnson In Portrush

After searching two surfers cars in Strandhill, Co. Sligo, Gardai were shocked to find that neither car had any Jack Johnson in their music collection. Sgt. John Mc Mullan described it as a blow to their previous conceptions of surfers, “Its like they just blatantly dont listen to him!! They didnt even have the Thicker Than Water Soundtrack”. The find was made even more shocking by the lack of any Jurassic Five or Bob Marley on their Ipods. The occupants were also said to have dismissed Donovan Frankenreiters solo album as bland and cliched. The gardai brass band is playing some Jack Johnson and Hip hop at breaks around Ireland in order to stamp out this in future.

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September 15, 2009 at 12:25 am

This is the Future, Get Ready

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September 12, 2009 at 9:09 am

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Slaboratoire Garnier!

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Unnamed slab goes off. Slabtastic

Unnamed slab goes off. Slabtastic

Irish surfing is, like a traveller in the midst of a family feud,  going new places. By new places i mean slabs. Slabs are the new waves, and if you are still riding ‘normal’ waves this article should serve as a wake up call to  get out there and charge.

All the cool kids have given up the now cliché’d approach to what was once called “surfing”, and instead have branched off to “charge slabs” instead.  Waves are so passé you might as well just give up if you still “surf” and think roundhouse cutbacks are the shit. But we here at IrishSurfCore are here to help you stay at the forefront of modern irish surfing with some easy to follow guidelines that will ensure you mantain a high CoreScore.

A little bit sad really....

A little bit shit really....

1. Get out there and search some slab…

So sick on its day...

So sick on its day...

On a recent search I spotted at least 15 slab setups in a halfmile of coastline. Perhaps there were no waves there at the time but the potential is unreal if the ideal wind and swell conditions ever meet that is. Once you have found some slabs like me, you have to come up with a cool sounding name for them. Here are some examples of my slabs names: ” LittleJoePoo” ,  ”Rheumatoids”, but if you are a purist you’ll want to keep your spot underground and under wraps so you should probably just call it ‘”The Slab”, as in, “yeah me and a mate scored the slab the other day, four foot and pumpin”.

2. Got Equipment?

Polish man and his jetski

Polish man and his jetski

Unridden virgin slabs abound on our coastline, just waiting for the brave irish surfer to remove her chastity belt and have a blast. For this you’ll need a jetski and a tow partner you can trust with your wife life, because you can’t actually paddle into one of these things and expect to make it you idiot , especially if the slab you found is basically a huge closeout onto dry reef below a fortyfootcliff with nobody around for hundreds of miles. If your “slab” doesn’t meet this criteria it probably is just a wave you pussy, so go grow a pair…

3. Personal Photographer

''Oh yeah baby, work that slab"

If you haven’t got one of these, again you should probably just give up. I have two photogs who follow my every move, documenting my slab hunting exploits, we are just waiting for the ideal wind and swell conditions to coincide and then its going to be a veritable slabfest out there!!

So fellow slabhunters I hope this advice helps  you charge  some slab . And remember if you aren’t willling to smash your coccyx  into a thousand tiny pieces you havent got what it takes to be pro.

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September 11, 2009 at 3:49 pm

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