"Finn MacCools" is the next big Irish wave

February 28, 2011 | Surfing
Finn MacCools: sunny but rocky

Ireland is pumping the surfing world. After showing off the power of "Prowlers", the local big riders have unveiled another pearl of Irish tow-in surfing.

"Finn MacCools" is the new giant of the European wave kingdom. The surf spot was discovered recently by Alastair Mennie, Andrew Cotton and Lyndon Wake. The big wave scenario breaks in front of the famous Giant's Causeway, in the North Coast of Antrim.

Initially, "Finn MacCools" was surf paddled, but the team returned with war gear for a professional tow-in session and a group of photographers and videographers. The conditions were incredible and even sunny.

"Finn MacCools" breaks on top of the rocks only when the swell reaches windless 8ft, in low tide.

"It is a very different wave to prowlers. Some aspects are more dangerous as it breaks so close to the rocks, but it's not as ledgy or as far out to sea as Prowlers. So, it's a very different spot but in its own right is a genuine world class big wave on its day. I'd say it's a combination of a point break and a big bombie style wave", said Al Mennie to our friends at WestCoastSurfer.com.

Irish surfers believe this wave is capable of holding bigger rides. Nevertheless, "Finn MacCools" is considered a dangerous peak where only experienced surfers should go for it.