Tornado in Ireland 

A kitesurfer sustained multiple broken bones, a Larchville resident was provided with temporary accommodation and a motorist had a miraculous escape from serious injury as a ‘mini tornado’ wreaked havoc in the city and county last Saturday.

A Tramore businessman, who had been kite surfing with four friends, was whipped into the air and catapulted up the beach, over a small promenade wall and smashed into the surround of skateboard park.

The man, who has not been named but who is known to be in his late 40s and married with a family, had been emerging from the water when the tornado struck.

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The orca and the kiter 

A chance encounter with a pod of orca whales provided a special thrill for Raglan kite surfer Matt Taggart last weekend.

A normal Saturday afternoon turned into a memorable moment for Mr Taggart when a pod of five or six orcas, including a mother and calf, came close to shore in search of stingray.

"A couple of the local guys, Olly and Keith, noticed them and said `come on, get back out there' ... to be honest I was bricking it. I know them as killer whales and I thought no way am I going out there with killer whales," Mr Taggart said.

"But I went out and was taking it quite carefully when the mother popped up right in front of me.

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Kitewhaling | Photo: Newspix

David Sheridan, 42, was riding his kiteboard, while lurking in the water just a few feet below was a whale. As the New South Wales man surfed, suspended beneath a large kite, the whale smacked him on the back of the head with its tail.

"It all happened so fast that all I could do was crouch down as the whale swam under me," Mr Sheridan told Sydney's Daily Telegraph. I saw the huge shape and my reaction was to duck while remaining attached to the flying lines from the sail above me".

"The next thing I felt was its tail come up and hit me on the back of the head. I honestly thought I was gone – it was such a forceful blow – but then the whale eased off and I was able to sail away. But my legs were really shaking. I've never been through anything like that before and probably never will again."

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