Jockey vs Thoroughbred | Cold Perfection in Ireland
Words by, Noah Lane
Photos by, Toby Butler
Winter in Ireland is a waiting game. It’s easy to form a picture of cold perfection in your mind, but the reality is there’s a lot of sitting around twiddling your thumbs. Normally it’s waiting for gaps in the wind and giant swells created by the numerous storms that batter the coast. However this year has been quite the opposite in the northwest, a result of the El Niño weather patterns. Strong storms south and far fewer further north seems to be the current trend. A trend that, for anyone hoping to surf Mullaghmore regularly, know by now all too well.
For me, surfing Mullaghmore is a delicate balancing act quite like the one between jockey and thoroughbred. I’m regularly waiting for an incoming set and still holding an internal debate between the rationales of avoiding a dangerous situation versus the potential for the best wave ever.
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