Their first stop was with James’ friend Mark, who lives near Bundoran. The first morning they were there they surfed really fun waves on a head high A-frame reef near his home, with the fact that James and Tony are a regular footer and a goofy footer meaning that they spent their whole surf splitting the peak. They stayed with Mark for a couple of nights and had some fun surfs, including a memorable bellyboard session at Strandhill on a fast peeling 100metre long right-hander. Then, as they started to move west and south, the swell started to fade. The reefs at Easkey were, unfortunately, flat, so they kept driving south to Galway and arrived on the evening of St Patrick’s Day.
On the next day there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and with most people a little slow to start thanks to the celebrations of the night before, James and Tony headed further south to Lahinch. They surfed Lahinch Lefts on the afternoon of their arrival, before checking Spanish Point in the evening where they rolled up to find fun looking chest high rights running down the reef. Waking up at Spanish Point in the morning they opened the van doors to discover that the already small swell had disappeared altogether. With no waves, they set off to explore the coast and visited Loop Head, before searching out Rileys and wondering how anybody manages to survive surfing there, the wave breaking almost directly onto a sloping shelf of reef. They found waves at Doughmore Bay though, and managed to catch a few on the 9’6” Pier. They stayed there overnight but the swell had fizzled out again by the morning (a recurring theme) so they drove back north to check Crab Island.
Arriving early in the morning, on low tide, there were some good looking waves breaking across the channel there so they suited up and made the paddle over. They found some heavy head high waves breaking on the reef there, with some decent set waves and every now and then the bottom of a wave would completely disappear from underneath them, making for a challenging but very rewarding surf.