We caught up with Irelands Mikey Clancy after photos of a huge session he scored in Ireland flood the Internet. Here is a story, combined with quotes from Clancy, about what it takes to windsurf one of the biggest swells to hit Irelands coast this winter. Be sure to check out the exclusive video footage also.
Searching for the perfect conditions for a windsurfer is a key ingredient for a successful monster wave session. When 21 year old Irish professional Mikey Clancy locked onto the possibility of it happening at his favorite reef break, at Magheroarty in Donegal, all systems were on high alert. Tracking the massive storm across the Atlantic as it drew ever closer.
‘The night before a big storm like this its hard to sleep, there is so much anticipation, its hard to try to calm yourself down to have a good nights rest. That coupled with the impending un-characteristically early start to get to the spot.’
Arriving at early morning in Donegal, following a four hour drive from Dublin, Clancy saw the wind switch south westerly and the incoming tide starting to line up perfect 25ftmonster waves!
‘It is quite a rare occurrence that a SW wind will occur with such a large swell coming from a NW direction. It is a double-edged sword, the beauty and the torture, which make Ireland such a magical destination to windsurf.’
Armed with his new 4.7 North Hero sail and a Fanatic 75l quad board, Mikey rode some of the biggest waves seen in Ireland all afternoon. ‘The waves were lining up from the reef right the way through until the beach break. My forearms where on fire by the last bottom turn on the wave.’
In the misty conditions some of the seasoned windsurfers watching from the peer marveled at the world-class quality of the Dubliners ability on such huge waves.
‘It was by far one of my favorite sessions in Ireland, hearing the crashing and thunderous sounds of the waves behind you fills your body with so much adrenaline.’
This is why I windsurf Mikey Clancy
Mikey is sponsored by Fanatic, North, Ion, Dublin Institue of Technology and K4 Fins
Find out more about Mikey on his website www.mikeyclancy.com