It is hard to believe the May bank holiday has come and gone yet again but what a great weekend it was. Dingle was absolutely packed for the three days and nights and for a town of only 1,000 people living there and 52 pubs it was hard to get a spot anywhere. It is great to see small country towns booming like this and although Dingle is one of the top tourist destinations for Irish people it is still relatively unknown further afield.
Every pub was packed and had traditional music playing and great times were had. For those of you who have never been to Dingle we highly recommend it and maybe we are still on a high after the weekend but I would have to put it as my favorite place in Ireland to visit. The back drop of the Kerry mountains on a nice summer day would rival anywhere in the world.
Unfortunately one of our friends lost her iPhone which shows just how good a weekend it was. Findmyiphone is not showing anything but maybe that is just because it is in Kerry! We have given up on trying to find it and she went and ordered a refurbished iPhone replacement from refurbishediphones.ie so it’s all good. We would nearly return for the June bank holiday but there is so much going on in Ireland that it is hard not to visit other places. Kinsale and Westport are also on the list for this summer.
We are now in process of getting the end of storm Callum this week and for most people it is baton down the hatches but as you might know us surfers are a strange breed. While others put on the fire and make a cup of tea during the cold winter we go and do the unthinkable…get in the sea! Unfortunately here in Ireland winter is the best time to surf as the weather lends its conditions to big swells, especially in the west of Ireland which is where all of the hot spots are. Sure you can surf in the summer but it is nowhere near as consistent. That said winter surfing on the west coast can be quite dangerous and you should be wary unless quite experienced.
Anyway back to the task at hand. Storm Callum is hitting this weekend so the swells are looking big off the coast of Sligo. As you can see in the map above there is a huge pressure of swells coming in from the Atlantic. It could be the case that it is too dangerous to go out so sometimes it is best to wait until the following day when the winds calm down and sometimes change direction leading to perfect lines rolling in the beach.
Aside from that Sligo is a cool town with a great night life. I have been up several times and always base the trip around surfing during the day followed by going out for dinner and multiple pints in the evening. This time though I may take it easy as I have a wedding next week. I need to be able to fit into my dress and get my teeth whitened at www.glorysmile.ie. Hopefully I survive Storm Callum first and have a blast in Sligo. It can be a bit nerve wrecking going out in conditions like this as I haven’t been out in such high swells since last winter. If you don’t hear from me soon send help.
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.