Ireland of the Shams

By December 10, 2016Uncategorized
Sham 
A resident of Ballyshanon, County Donegal, Ireland.
Also a word frequently used by residents above town, usually meaning the same as american term “dude”
 
There are a lot of legendary shams in Ireland and the it has become one of my absolute favourite places to go to. This year was my 3rd season there and it most defiantly didn’t disappoint. Joining me on the trip where 2 of my best mates Josh and Daniel Redman.
Ireland is a Magical Place

Ireland is a Magical Place

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trip got off to a pretty amazing start, we lucked into a swell in the first week we where there. We surfed out at Mullagmore, one of the best waves in Ireland with just a couple of us out and some giant waves coming through. Mullahmore is such an incredible wave its a cold water Chopes. The land footage of the place really doesn’t do it justice. When you are out there and looking into some of the waves from the side it is a pretty surreal feeling the barrels are gigantic. The challenge of getting a good wave out there is defiantly part of the reason why i keep going back to Ireland.
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Not only did we luck into swell as we arrived we also where unbelievably lucky with the weather. The last couple years i have been there part of the challenge is trying to stay motivated and positive in the rain and cold. It can ran for weeks on end and you can get very depressed. But on this most recent trip it only rained about 2 days the whole month we where there. The weather was absolutely amazing. Daniel kept saying he didn’t he didn’t see what the big fuss was about Irish weather. He was there for 3 weeks and i don’t think it rained at all.
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We had rented a house in Bundoran for our stay there. Our daily routine which doesn’t change much was wake up early. Who ever is up first makes the lemon water and turmeric. Followed by coffee which is shortly followed by Breakfast of eggs on rye bread with avocado, Beetroot, tamatoe and some cheese. After breakfast it was time to load up the van and go and find some surf.
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A van is pretty essential if you want to be surfing in Ireland. The the icy wind can blow so hard with rain and hail going side ways, Having a van that you can get changed in is a game changer and defiantly gets you in the water more. Without it your out in the cold and rain trying to put your suit on. Some of the vans even have wood stoves in them to keep you nice and toasty.
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After the first surf of the day and tide dependent we would hit the steam room at the local gym to get the body temperature back up followed by lunch at the house or something from the grocery store. We seemed to be endlessly going to the shop. There are only 2 in Bundoran and they are opposite each other so it was either Liedel or SuperValue
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After some food we would either surf again or hit the sauna. We ended up going to the Sauna at the hotel in Bundoran every single day pretty much. There isn’t much better than being freezing cold and then jumping into a baking hot room. It defiantly made going surfing easier as you just keep telling yourself that afterwards your would be having this amazing Sauna.
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The sauna was almost always followed by a Guinness at one of the local pubs. If not a Guinness than we would get whatever was on special at the store. A couple of the days we had such amazing surf and to end the day with a sauna and a beer is pretty incredible.
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On that note check out this video of our trip by the legendary sham Peter Clyne.
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Silence Of The Shams from Peter Clyne – Outer Cells on Vimeo.

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