Mark Barry: Irish charger

The last stage of the 2010 Rhinos Wave Charge has been completed, in Ireland. This was a very interesting year in the country for wind and wave riders.

The closing event was a bit chilly. How about three inches of snow? Well, at least the sun was shining and the 3-5-foot waves were a happy gift for all the competitors.

There was perfect cross shore wind coming from the right. Most riders launched big 10-11m kites and then dropped down to 6-7m as the wind picked up. The wind was really cold and the temperature reached +1 or -2 degrees.

There were a number of standout kitesurfers. Newcomer Lloyd, from up north, was ripping hard on his 6'6" surfboard and his 8m kite but the best rider of the Year was clearly Mark Barry, the young Clare coast surfer. He has won himself a 6'2" Underground Puhuto and some Ozone goodies.

Stay tuned for the 2011 Rhinos Wave Charge calendar.