It is that time of year again and here in Ireland we are getting the tail end of storms from across the Atlantic. Many people don’t realise that it is the north Atlantic drift that keeps our waters from freezing every winter and that of most of Europe but it also sends other things our way. This time of year is hurricane season down in the Caribbean and also the south East of the United States. This time of year they get hammering down that part of the world and usually the hurricanes end up coming across the Atlantic due to the powerful north east winds that follow the north Atlantic drift. That is why this year we get some storms but they are nothing as bad as what they face across the water where they originate. What they do also bring however is big big swells and this is perfect for us surfers here in Ireland.
We often here that this is the best time of year to surf in Ireland and I think that is true. Not only is it not too cold yet but the water is still reasonably warm from the summer as water temperature is always a bit behind air temperature. The evenings are not too dark out so you can still go and catch a surf after work in not too cold water and awesome swells from these storms. Obviously we do not wish these storms to come just so we can surf but the fact is they do come every year and it usually signifies the changing of the seasons as well as the beginning of the surf season.
It is a good time of year to dust off the surf board again after spending most of the summer on a hoverboard. It does take a bit of getting used to the cold again but after 1 or 2 surfs out it’s all good and we can begin the winter surf season.
Dash cameras have become hugely popular in the last few years and it is easy to see why they have become such a big hit. Not only are they a cool gadget that you can have fun recording your journey but they can also help protect your vehicle against potential incidents on the road. So here are our top 3 reasons why you should consider owning a dashboard camera for your surf trips:
1. Security Camera when you are out surfing:
As anyone who surfs knows a lot of surfing hot spots are the target of thieves all around the country. Most surfing hot spots are in rural areas and a lot of them don’t even have proper car parks so you need to leave your vehicle at the side of the road. This is easy pickings to would be thieves and many surfers often report breaks ins to their car.
With a dashboard camera installed in your car you will be able to get footage of any potential incident. Many dash cams will activate when there is a noise in the car so you will have some footage to go to the police with after the incident.
2. Record the beautiful scenery:
Dashboard cameras are great for recording the footage of the beautiful scenery around Ireland as you do your surf trips. A lot of surfers like to make use of gopros to record their surfing adventures and with a dashboard camera you can know edit the video together with great shots of your scenic journey to your surf location.
3. Record your surfing skills (or lack of!):
In certain places such as standhill you can park your car facing the beach. This means that with a good dash cam you catch footage of you surfing from the shore. This may not be as good an option as a Gopro but it is a cool thing to do if you already or are considering getting a dash cam.
So these are some little tips about how we have used our dashboard camera surfing. Peace out.
Aileens is Ireland and indeed Europe’s answer to mavericks. Aileens is the closest thing to a perfect wave and it happens to be just off the famous Cliffs of Moher in the west of Ireland. Named after the local headland known as Aill Na Searrach (Irish for cliff of foals) it has been the feature of several movies here in Ireland.
Although not to be tested without a huge amount of surf experience and usually with the help of a jetski for tow the wave if a formidable one. At certain times of year it is known to get up to over 50 feet and has attracted surfers from all around the world. Ireland is now becoming known as a cold water paradise and Aileens is a wave that can help put Ireland on the surf map. For more info about Aileens check out surfing atlas.