"Man vs Wave" depicts Al Mennie's extreme surf training

June 18, 2015 | Surfing
Al Mennie: getting ready to tackle Nature | Photo: Charles McQuillan/Channel 4

Al Mennie's wave hunts have attracted the attention of British public-service television broadcaster Channel 4. The result is "Man vs Wave".

Alastair Mennie is not your average big wave surfer. He likes to surf whatever the conditions are, he writes his own books, and he is a Krav Maga instructor, and he gives lectures and seminars to students and businessmen.

We forgot to mention that this Northern Irish man rides the most daunting waves in the planet. And some of these beasts are right at his doorstep, in the cold and death-defying waters of Ireland.

"Man vs. Wave" is a short series following the red haired who has discovered and ridden numerous surf spots off the Irish coast and is now developing new ways of finding and surviving extreme surf.

Al Mennie: Ricky, Hanno and Howard are part of the team | Photo: Charles McQuillan/Channel4

"The series shows the specific training I do and also the importance of having a good loyal team when surfing big waves in cold waters quite often in isolated locations. I also bring an electronic device from world leaders Statsports into the equation to measure impact, etc, with some very interesting results!" Al Mennie tells SurferToday.com.

"Using the device is really interesting and some of the readings I have had from it are helping to sculpt my training program further. It features in the film titled 'Impact'. The film titled 'Survival' shows some of the training I undertake across various in-season and out-of-season phases."

Hitting the surf with the impact of a 60mph car crash? Finding a storm and surfing it? Seriously putting your life at risk? How to prepare for encounters with giant waves? Al Mennie shares his big wave experiences with us. Power to the gingers.

The complete series are available on Channel 4.

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