So a couple of months ago I was faced with the dilemma – Cape Town or home (in Ireland) for Christmas. Most people might think that’s a no-brainer, but on a student budget and with work piling up for exams in January, I decided on another Christmas at home.
I left Uni in Cardiff mid December, the same day my mates were flying out to Cape Town. The forecast was looking great though, so I wasn’t too bothered. I took my time getting home – the whole coast of Wales was going off, so I was in no rush to catch the ferry. Myself and Jim Brooks scored a fickle point break up the west coast of Wales and sailed it until it was too dark to find where we launched. It got me pretty excited for the trip back to Ireland! A couple of full power sessions at Rhosneigr before catching the ferry were a great warm up for the swell hitting Ireland over the next few weeks.
Before all this took place, I was awarded a new MaverX mast, just in time for my trip, for winning the 2013 BWA Amateur title. It’s survived some pretty heavy stuff so far, so certainly no complaints there.
Back over to Ireland and this place is always fun to sail. With Magheroarty being the most consistent spot for windsurfing, I scored quite a few fun sessions there over the few weeks I was home. The waves were always there, but some days the wind was pretty frustrating. This is probably my favourite spot to sail as the huge bay provides a relatively safe environment to push yourself to learn more in the waves.
Katie McAnenna and Finn Mullen joined me for a few days, and my mate Geoff came over from England to have a look too.
The swell got pretty big some days, and the weather was everything from warm and sunny to lightning and hail, but it was great craic anyway. It was here, this time last year, when I first got a taste of some proper big waves with the late Mikey (Clancy), giving me all the encouragement to go out and give it a go. I think I owe him a lot as I haven’t stopped searching for decent waves since. He has certainly been on all our minds this Christmas.
The great thing about the UK is the variety of conditions we get! I even scored some sick sessions on the East coast of Ireland on my smallest sails.