Winter Sessions on the Irish West Coast

Magic Sessions and Mischievous Injuries

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Deep Winter Barrels

Whilst most surfers search for a life of perfect waves in tropical climates all year round, Rosary is quite content with her ‘best-of-both’ philosophy. Her year is split quite neatly in two between “Home”: the cold, unforgiving, gems that the Irish winter occasionally delivers to those with patience and local knowledge, and “Away”: an escape from the  inconsistent Irish summer to adventures and perfect waves abroad on her hard earned winter wages.

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The Drop || Photo: Sean Lordan

This year, “Away” is Rosary’s home-away-from-home, Indonesia. I couldn’t even begin to calculate how many years Rosary has probably spent on Indonesia’s wave abundant shores. She continues to travel to more new spots each year, as well as returning to some old and new favourites, making new friends and catching up with the familiar faces along the way. While Rosary is currently settling into one of her Indonesian missions, we take a look at her well spent winter days in Ireland, and talk about her not so well advised evening shenanigans; a story best told straight from the horse’s mouth!

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Deep Winter Barrels

The Injury:
“I had the bright idea of wearing a pair of roller skates to my friends 80’s vs 90’s themed birthday party with the intention of taking them off after a couple of pints. But I was having way too much fun…until I tripped over a misplaced concrete block on the way out and went flying! I didn’t realise the amount of damage I’d done and even drove the 45 minutes home the next morning with my, by then, “cankle”, before deciding that maybe I should get it x-rayed….”

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Injury Induced Art Days

The Result:
“I spent 7 weeks on the couch before starting physio, as well as breaking it, I had sprained it really badly also. Longest I’ve been out of the water! In some ways it was a positive experience, it made me appreciate my health & fitness and, obviously, surfing even more-so.”

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Posca Pleasure

The Return to the Ocean:
“The first few surfs were humbling to say the least…it’s still not right but I’ve had a few magic sessions here and there.”

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Dawn Patrol Liquid Lines

The Waves:
“As for surfing at home… Cold, inconsistent, often with gale-force winds for weeks, but if you’re patient and willing to drive ALOT, it can pay off.”

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Crazy Offshores

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Bottom Turn || Photo: Will Hunt

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Only the Cows for Company

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Sunset Splendor

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1. Sunrise Moon, 2. Van Life, 3. Sunrise surf time!

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The Journey Pays Off || Photo: Sean Lordon

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The Worthwhile Wander to Waves || Photo: Sean Lordon

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Over the Hill … Hello!! || Photo@ Sean Lordon

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Surf Check Picture PERFECTION || Photo: Sean Lordon

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Lefthand Love || Photo: Derek Hines

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Paddling Out || Photo: Derek Hines

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Taking Off

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Backhand Beauty || Photo: Derek Hines

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Heading Home After Another Epic Day!

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