Mullaghmore Head: victims fall in Ireland

The world's best big wave surfers are traveling to Ireland for the 2012 Billabong Tow-In Session, at the infamous wave of Mullaghmore, in County Sligo.

The event is held in one day when waves reach, at least, the 20-foot mark. Last year, the Billabong Tow-In Session did not manage to get monster waves.

The waiting period for the Irish surf contest runs from the 1st November 2012 to 1st March 2013. In 2010, competitors rode 20-30 foot waves at Mullaghmore, a break that is fast gaining a reputation as one of the most fearsome and best big wave locations in the world.

"Mullaghmore is an incredible wave, one of the heaviest I've surfed and one that holds unlimited potential for giant waves", said Benjamin Sanchis, the winner of the inaugural Billabong Tow-In Session.

The runner-up team from the inaugural event, Peter Conroy and Glyn Ovens are among several Irish teams set to challenge the overseas surfers in their home country.

"Mullaghmore is impressive with its grassy headland acting as natural amphitheatre for spectators to watch the event," said Conroy. "but it's a scary place when the surf is big. There's lots water swirling around and surging up from the underwater reef ledges"

Because lives are at stake only those surfers with recognized big wave experience are invited to compete. Competitors are also expected to be well versed and qualified in all the necessary rescue and water safety procedures.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved surfing's qualification system for the Tokyo 2020.

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