According to surfing community website, Surfers Village, “Computer-generated wave forecasts, using information picked up on the Marine Weather Buoy Network, showed that waves with a significant height of up to 14m, about 45 feet, could occur in the seas to the west of Ireland were. Previously the biggest waves recorded by the Marine Institute's data buoys were at the M1 Buoy to the west of Galway Bay on 17 January 2005, waves of 13.4m, about 40 feet.
The unique bathymetry of Mullagmore Head, where open-ocean swells jackknife up over a shallow reef ledge, magnifies these swells vertically. The deepwater volume and energy of the swell is forced upwards, translating into several wave faces ridden over the 60 foot mark. The crew, all professional surfers and watermen, chose to utilise the jetskis as both launch vehicle, propelling them into the unbroken waves, and as a rescue tool.
‘There is a physical size barrier to what size wave a person can paddle into by armpower alone, and today exceeded that limit – the waves just move too fast. We have trained extensively with the use of jetskis as rescue vessels to enable a safer approach to very demanding oceanic conditions,’ stated Scott, chairman of the British Towsurfing Association. He added, ‘It was incredible to be out in the ocean with so much energy running through it. It was an unforgettable session.’
Mullagmore Head is a big wave surf spot in Ireland. The shallow reef hit by open-ocean swells jacks up the waves and this weekend they reached over 60ft.
Unles your almost certifiable, and you do this for a profession. Just sit back and watch in awe. >