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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

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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Lisbon Treaty Threatens “Localism” At Irish Surf Spots

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Everyone knows that the Lisbon Treaty will touch them in some way but surfers did’nt expect this!  Spanish, german and french surfing lobbies have pushed through a term which specifies that any surfer of European origin will have the same status as any local in any break in Ireland. The german chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed the importance of this law in a recent  conference with the european surfer media. “Ve have give so much money to ze irish zat ve now vish for some ov zis priority in ze vaves”. French leader Sarkozy also stated his support for the new law expressing the pain that French surfers have endured in recent months in ireland. “Les irish sont tres shite a la slab.. et mon bodynoarders est tres bien… cest simple…”.

German Surfers Paddle Out Into a Local Irish Break

German Surfers Paddle Out Into a Local Irish Break

Spots around ireland are also to be renamed to make them more continental sounding for the traveling European surfer. Eurocrats have commended the renaming initiative in Clare where Spanish Point was the first to take up the free grants offered as part of the scheme with Lahinch soon to change to “Le Hinch”.

Some of the names proposed for other areas  are “Das Peak” in Bundoran and “La Easkey Gauche” in Sligo.

Pro Lisbon parties have been promoting the other side of this story saying ” Its fecking brilliant because it works the other way too. Hoardes and hoardes of Irish Bic Riders can go straight out the back in Mundaka and paddle straight in to the deepest section”.

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September 10, 2009 at 2:12 pm

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Kerry Surfers Cause Turmoil on Corks Quality Breaks

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Kerry surfers car recently spotted in GTOWN .. theyre everywhere nowadays!

Kerry surfers car recently spotted in GTOWN .. theyre everywhere nowadays!

Tensions are reportedly on the rise in Cork again as hoards of Kerry surfers invade the lineups of certain Cork secret spots. Local surfers , who wish to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, are thinking of making a formal complaint to the ISA. “ I am absolutely sick of it boy’’, said one long time local, ‘’ I cant even pull up at my local spot for all the bloody Kerry reg vans parked up every decent swell we get’’.

Cork local deals with kerry stinkbug stance

Cork local deals with kerry stinkbug stance

It seems the combination of a lack of proper waves and the burgeoning group of hardcore progressive surfers in the Kerry region has meant that they are beginning to travel further afield in search of powerful reef breaks and performance orientated waves, with nearby Cork with its vast array of amazing setups taking the brunt of their expansionist forays.
‘’The thing that pisses me off so much is that they have no respect for our secret spots’’, said one G-town resident, ‘’you’ll see one van first, then next swell they have told all their buddies about our epic waves. Before you know it, it’s like the Kerry wolf pack out there, hooting themselves onto our waves and generally dominating the peaks. Worst of all they all think they surf with such a shit-hot refined style, which couldn’t be further from the truth’’. Nobody in Cork wants heavy localism to rear its ugly head but lets face it, nobody wants a poo-stance arse in their face either, especially not a Kerry arse.

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September 6, 2009 at 3:00 pm

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