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On Maui Laird Hamilton surfed waves as large as feet according to the Honolulu advertiser. In the process, Hamilton pushed his legend status up another notch as if that is possible by making a dramatic rescue of tow partner Brett Lickle. Eighteen to 20 foot surf exploded on the point as upwards of 60 guys grappled for a wave, a drop, a shoulder, anything. High energy and high drama was on tap. We plan to get married next year.
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Benone Strand was previously highlighted on Afloat. Portrush's East Strand and neighbouring Portstewart also feature in his list that's rounded out by two picks for experienced surfers only: Portballintrae — "by far the vest area for surfing on the north coast" — and the legendary Finn MacCool's big wave at the end of the Giant's Causeway. The causeway also crops up in Ian McCurley's choice spots for birdwatching across NI , in particular for its "colourful stonechats perches on gorse bushes; fulmars in their cliff nest sites; peregrine falcons and gannets.
Another great seabird spotting site is Strangford Lough, which the National Trust woodland and parklands manager describes as "a unique haven for biodiversity, containing many of our rare and most threatened wildlife. Surfing - First the Dutch are pioneering canal surfing - and now some intrepid Irish surfers are in on the act, proposing a river wave on the Shannon as the next big surfing hotspot.
The Limerick Leader reports on UL student Paul Deering and his friend Kalani Moore who have demonstrated the potential of the standing wave at Curragower Falls for more than the usual canoe paddlers. Surfing - Surfing on the canals of the Netherlands? It could be a reality if Rotterdam's plans come to fruition, as Mail Online reports. The Dutch port city's Steigersgracht Canal is the location for RiF, a water-purification scheme that will create a five-foot wave in the waterway that might well be perfect for 'hanging ten' in the heart of the retail district.
And not only will the wave pool be an attraction for watersport enthusiasts, it's also expected to generate electricity for the locality, making it a proper green energy scheme too. MarineWildlife - If last week's video of a surfing seal wasn't extraordinary enough, how about this clip of a pig riding the waves in Hawaii?
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As the Irish Mirror reports , Kama the pig has gone surfing with his owner Kai Holt on the shores of Oahu since demonstrating his talent in the water after a fall into a swimming pool. Now the porcine paddler appears to be a seasoned professional at the rides on the front of his owner's surfboard, equipped with his own GoPro camera to capture the action as he surfs and swims and trots around.
Surfing - The Irish Examiner reports on Easkey Britton's plans to return to Iran this month to establish that country's first ever surf club. The Donegal surfing champ made history in when she became the first woman ever to surf in Iran — an extraordinary adventure that was documented by French filmmaker Marion Poizeau.
Since then she's founded Waves of Freedom, a scheme dedicated to teaching women of the remote Baluchistan region how to surf, and she returned to Iran with Poizeau, who shot more footage for a documentary feature, Into The Sea , currently doing the film festival rounds. Now Britton's going back to the port town of Chabahar on the Makran Coast to help local surfing women set up the country's first surfing club for girls and boys. And in doing so she's carrying on the pioneering spirit of her father Barry and his brothers Willie, Conor and Brian, who built the foundation of Ireland's own surfing community.
MarineWildlife - This surfing duo off Amble in Northumberland had a surprise partner join in the action , and captured it all on video! As the clip above shows, the young seal comes out of nowhere as Matt Stanley and Andrew Flounders were paddling in the water - and even leaps onto Matt's board to try it out for himself.
Luckily for the pair, the surfboard had a waterproof camera attached to record the whole thing, so they had evidence to back up their story to the rest of us back on dry land! Surfing - The video above , via The Score , captures the various surfing adventures of Meath native Maxie Hill, who left Ireland's shores for the waves of Indonesia for what was planned to be a three-month trip. But five years on, he's still spends much of his time in South East Asia, supporting his surfing habit as a chef Australia - working for Rick Stein, no less. His short film A Letter To Home is a fitting self-shot tribute to the waves that drive his passion.
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