Historic tow-in surfing session at Mullaghmore Head

December 16, 2011 | Surfing
Mullaghmore Head: big wave nightmare

The best Irish big wave surfers have been training hard for the second annual Billabong & Monster Tow-in Session, at Mullaghmore Head.

As previously reported, a big swell has stormed the coast of Ireland, so it was time to put the jet skis and the ropes in the water.

Despite the grey skies and the cold water, the toughest riders in Europe decided it was time to get the engines roaring. The 11th and 12th December 2011 will forever be written in the pages of Irish surfing.

"It was definitely the biggest barrel I've ever surfed. I was a little nervous but I didn't have time to think about it - it's almost like a car crash, you don't know what's happening", explained Jayce Robinson to Sky News.

Robinson tasted fear after a terrible wipe out in the dangerous waves. "I was only on it for about 20 seconds then the lip just hit me straight in the back and I went down. It's like being in a washing machine and I felt my limbs get pulled all over the place. That's when I felt my knee pop".

Fortunately, Jayce Robinson survived the scary moment with a dislocated knee and a broken board, "only". But, from where did this smell come from?

It was the perfect combination of several critical factors. Meteo experts have recorded the biggest wave ever to hit Irish shores, off the Donegal coast. The M4 weather buoy, located 75km north of Belmullet, detected a giant 67-foot wave, as a force 10 storm raged across the north coast.

With 140 kmph winds hitting Malin Head, it was big time surfing for the intrepid Irish surfers. The Billabong & Monster Tow-in Session is going to be a super surfing show.

Watch the tow-in session video at Mullaghmore Head.