Black Hole storm- Mullaghmore fires up again!


The winter storms of 2013 -14 will remain in the memories of a lot of people for years to come. The relentless Atlantic low pressure systems have brought misery to many but there has been a silver lining in the form of almost non-stop huge surf generated right along the coasts of Western Europe,

Peter Conroy

Peter Conroy

with the headland at Mulaghmore Co Sligo Ireland being in the spot light more than most. On the first weekend of Feb 2014 the reef lit up yet again and saw some monsters being tow surfed, including two of Northcore’s team riders Peter Conroy and Conor Maguire who were charging it. Peter kindly sent us these screen grabs from the action and we’ll be following up with the full story soon including all the drama of lost jet skis, heavy wipe outs and injuries sustained by tons of pounding heavy water! Shots courtesy of Fionn Rogers (Thanks)

Black Hole wave chart

Black Hole wave chart

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Peter Conroy _ Mullaghmore

 

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Conroy

Over the falls- Conroy in a nasty wipeout

Over the falls- Conroy in a nasty wipeout

Conroy with a GoPro angle

Conroy with a GoPro angle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northcore team rider Charlotte Bayliss in Costa Rica


Heading south during the winter months is a very sensible idea, who wouldn’t want to be basking in sunshine with crystal clear blue water to surf! So for those of us not fortunate enough to visiting warmer climates this time of year we bring you some images and the story of one of the lucky ones, Northcore team rider Charlotte Bayliss. Here’s her update below, enjoy:

Costa Rica 2014

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Charlotte

We had decided to head back to the Green Rooms in Mal Pais first as it was somewhere we knew and it is quite nice to be somewhere familiar when you first arrive. We also had a big group of friends heading out there from Wales so we thought it would be good fun to have some company. For the first few days the swell direction was a bit strange which meant that the waves were coming in really straight resulting in a lot of close outs for most of the tide. We weren’t particularly bothered though as the water felt like a bath and were away from ‘real life’. After a few days the swell had swung round and become more northerly resulting in perfect conditions throughout the tides. One morning we reached the beach in the dark to be greeted by the most perfect moon I have ever seen. The water was lit up an amazing

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

pinky-orange and you could just make out the sun starting to peek its head over the forest behind. All the pelicans were out fishing before the sun came out and the waves were 3 foot and as glassy as you could ever imagine. It was at this point I definitely felt that the holiday had begun and I was relaxed into the daily lifestyle. It also made me remember why we had decided to return to Costa Rica.

Mal Pais is a really friendly place to be and after a few days we all gained the name of ‘insta-crowd’ from a couple of Canadian surfers as we tended to surf in a huge group of up to 12. I remember one morning thinking to myself how busy the water was so early only to realise everyone in the water was part of our group! Most days were spent surfing

Charlotte

Charlotte

early then again after a quick pancake breakfast before the sun got too scorching and the onshore winds kicked in. We’d spend the days reading and painting around the pool with great company before we headed back for our final surf of the day as the sun went down and the wind dropped off. We definitely had our favourite spot outside Banana Beach Bar where a great deal of cocktails were consumed by the group!

We decided to hire a quad for 24 hours as we wanted to visit the waterfalls in Montezuma. Ben and I, Lizi and Sophie all headed off along possibly the bumpiest and dodgiest road I have ever been on; Ben definitely had a lot of nail marks in his stomach from where I had been holding on for dear life! The waterfalls were amazing and on the way back we checked out some of the beautiful beaches of Montezuma. When we got back to Mal Pais we headed to the fishing village which sits and the very end of the bay next to a deserted hotel which was shut down after being built without planning permission. It borders the most beautiful secluded beach which towering cliffs to the other side and secrets reef in front. It is such a shame to see such a brilliant spot be wasted all because some paperwork didn’t come through.

As we had the quads for the next morning Ben and I decided to go and explore further north up the coast past Santa Theresa. We headed along a bumpy single lane track which bordered the coast to

Secluded CR beach

Secluded CR beach

Playa Hermosa and Manazillio which were two of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. There is a right hand point break at Playa Hermosa which was showing even with the small swell so we plan to head there for a surf at some point as there was barely anyone there.

We were lucky to get great waves every day we were in Mal Pais and I definitely had some of the best rides of my life. It’s nice to have other girls to surf with, as well as being in the water with the boys who help to push you further. I felt at home in Mal Pais and it was nice to know so many people who both lived and stayed in the area. After 3 brilliant weeks we headed 5 hours further north to Nosara to check out somewhere different.

Nosara is very different to Mal Pais in that it is much more Americanised. Everywhere you look there are beautiful houses and everywhere is immaculately

Charlotte

Charlotte

clean. There are a lot of ‘yoga mums’ and those who have retired out here for a bit of tropical paradise whilst still having all the amenities you would need. The beach of Playa Guiones is a beautiful, 3 mile white sand bay which is crescent shaped with the main, largest peak in the centre. We are staying on the northern end of the bay which is slightly quieter than the centre but is just a 4 minute walk onto the beach. We have a lovely little cabina with a kitchen and bathroom so it means that we can cook for ourselves as it is much more expensive to eat out here.

As we don’t know the area we decided to hire a quad for a week so that we can go and explore the coast. We spent our first day heading north driving for about an hour and a half. We visited the black sand beach of playa Ostinal which is famous for its turtles and then went to playa Julliano which is a beautiful little fishing cove with a beach that struts out breaking it into two. We found a little wedgy IMG_1282 (800x533)left hander breaking in the second bay where some local kids were surfing. When I was swimming I saw a huge ray only a foot away, it was wider than my arm-span, absolutely amazing!

The surf is much mellower here so I can see why people say that it is good for longboarding. It seems really busy down at the main peak so we have just surfed to the northern end where we are staying and most days have had the waves to ourselves which is brilliant. I’ve been really enjoying riding my shortboard and taking this trip as an opportunity to work on it as I’ve spent most of the last year riding and competing on my longboard. I forgot how much fun I have on a shortboard and I am really trying to push to improve with Bens help. It’s been good to have the cameras as it means we can look back on our sessions and see where to improve and Ben can give me some pointers.

Overall it’s been an amazing trip so far making loads of memories and meeting new friends along the way. We’ve been able to get hours of time in the water making the most of it before we have to head back to the UK and back to our neoprene! It’s alright though as we still have another 4 and a half weeks left so plenty of time for more waves and more adventures!

 

 

The Wave Bristol- inland Wavegarden surfing pool


Artificial Wave pools have been around for a number of years now but it’s not until recently that the technology has become more sustainable, efficient and viable, with companies like Wavegarden creating perfect, small surfing waves in lakes and pools. A number of players in the surf world have seen the future and seized upon the opportunity to develop these man made wave solutions which could lead to inland surfing centers popping up worldwide. It’s another exciting transition in the

Wavegarden- Spain

Wavegarden- Spain

evolution of surfing and one of the companies leading the way in the UK are “The Wave Bristol” -who recently submitted planning application for their proposed development. We hope they get the go ahead from the local council as Northcore would like to visit and have a go! Their press release is below:

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The team behind The Wave: Bristol has submitted a full planning application for its proposed surfing lake and gardens development. The application was submitted to South Gloucestershire Council at the end of December and the team is hoping to receive a positive decision by the end of March.
The Wave: Bristol is a unique in-land surfing experience that brings surfing, nature and education together. The proposed development would straddle Washingpool Farm and Over Court Farm in the village of Easter Compton, near Bristol.  At the centre of development there will be a freshwater lagoon, which will use Wavegarden® technology by Instant Sport in Spain, to generate perfect surfing waves for both experienced surfers and beginners alike.  The development is intended to encourage people of all ages, all backgrounds and all abilities to be outdoors, exercise, have fun and get in touch with nature.

The Wave Bristol Clubhouse

The Wave Bristol Clubhouse

Nick Hounsfield, co-founder of The Wave: Bristol said: “We are excited to have submitted our plans to South Gloucestershire Council and are now eagerly waiting to receive its response.
“The plans have been developed following close consultation with the local community. Views of local people, which were gathered at two public events and via a vast number of feedback forms, emails and meetings, have helped to shape the proposals. For example there was a clear desire from local people for a swimming pool in the local – as a result we have amended the plans to include a separate natural swimming lake.
APG - The Wave MASTERPLAN DETAILS“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response from the public ever since we first started talking about the project. I think people now really understand that this is not a one dimensional project, but it offers a range of positive opportunities that will benefit both local and wider communities.”

Surf inspired artist Eoin O’Connor


During a recent short trip to Donegal we enjoyed seeing all of the new surf, ocean and Irish landscape inspired artwork popping up on Bundoran’s streets much of it created and painted by Eoin O’Connor. Much of his work is painted outdoors in areas of decay and on long forgotten man made objects adding splashes of colour, vibrancy and interest to locations otherwise abandoned. Check out this great little time lapse film of Eoin creating an indoor piece of the Cliffs of Moher and a huge barrel. So good!

For more of Eoin’s work visit: http://artbyeoin.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/artbyeoin2

 

Northcore team rider scores an XXL nomination at Monster Mullaghmore


Northcore team rider Peter Conroy scored one of the waves of the session at Mullaghmore Co Sligo, Ireland on Monday and in the process landed a Billabong XXL award nomination. Conroy’s wave was all the more spectacular as it was ridden at the end of the days surfing as the low tide began to drain off the reef with boils erupting up the face, making the ride really critical.
Peter Conroy

Peter Conroy

Conroy said, “The wave was one of the ones we always look for at mully, sucking dry and a big barrel. This one was a little different because of the really low tide so I had to work a lot inside the barrel to make it as far as I did. Unfortunately I got caught at the end of it by a steep boil, still the view was amazing and I’m hear to tell the tale! A big thanks to Barry Mottershead for the great tow in”

Northcore meets Hercules at Mullaghmore on Black Swell Monday


The Hype behind the “Black Monday” swell which was generated by a 934mb Atlantic low pressure named Hercules, was incredible. News crews and media both inside and out of the surfing world

Black Monday Irish Times swell chart cover image

Black Monday Irish Times swell chart cover image

were in a frenzy in the build up to the predicted huge surf. So we just had to be there and join two of our Irish team members, legendary chargers Peter Conroy and Conor Maguire. We made the final call on Saturday along with the talented UK Northcore team rider/surfer Sandy Kerr to make a 2 day return dash to Bundoran, Donegal hauling our jet ski with us so we could get on the water with all of the other tow teams who were heading to Mully.

The trip began with a drive over from our home on the North sea east coast over to Scotland to catch an evening ferry sailing which we were unsure would even be able to sail given the storm warnings.

Northcore jet ski heading out from Scotland

Northcore jet ski heading out from Scotland

Thankfully the ferry was able to depart but the Irish sea was rolling in huge short period seas as the leading edge front of Hercules hit, so it made for a few green faces and a very bumpy journey. Everything that wasn’t bolted down on the ferry was falling over including us! The journey across Ireland to Donegal went without a hitch and we set up base with the Bundoran Surf Co Lodge (It was my first stay there and I’d highly recommend it if you’re ever in Bundoran). The call on Monday was a mid morning start at Mullaghmore head

Peter Conroy safety briefing before the jet skis headed out

Peter Conroy safety briefing before the jet skis headed out

harbour where the surfers then checked out the swell from the headland. The surf was firing and draining off the reef making for super hollow waves being held up by strong southerlies so everyone was amped to hit the water. First most of the crews had a safety meeting in the harbour hotel hosted by Peter Conroy and Paul O’kane (Paul and also Mikee Hamilton admirably covered safety and rescue from the channel). Peter a Dublin fireman brought medical emergency kit, briefed on procedures for injury, drowning etc and all decided on the water etiquette for the day. It was great to see such professionalism and a mutual respect among the tow surfers. It was mid-morning when everyone hit the water with the skis after being tackled by RTE news for interviews with Peter and Sandy making the 6 o’clock news below:

The crews headed out and Peter Conroy snagged a few of the early bombs along with Nic Von Rupp and Andrew “Cotty” Cotton from Devon, who along with Sandy Kerr was wearing one of the new Patagonia gas inflatable life vests (we’ll feature this in another blog as it’s a sick piece of kit).

The view from the channel is stunning

The view from the channel is stunning

The early part of the session was bathed in stunning sunlight and it was incredible to witness close up the waves exploding on the reef and look behind to see the whole headland lined with cars and spectators. The tow surf crews scored a few early waves then gave the paddle surfers a crack at the peak. After a long while of wave after wave going unridden other than by some of the fearless bodyboard crew,  Fergal Smith managed to snag the only wave paddled into during the session. Eventually the tow crews got another look in after watching so many perfect waves going unridden and Peter Conroy

An empty Mully bomb

An empty Mully bomb

scored a sick final wave to end what was an amazing day.

Northcore would like to give a huge shout out to all of the boys who made us so welcome in Ireland with special thanks to Conor Maguire (and his mums amazing cooking!), Peter Conroy, Ollie O’Flaherty, James Skerritt and Peter at Bundoran Surf Co. Also a shout out to Sandy Kerr who had to put up with me for 48hrs! cheers lads

Northcore selfie!

Northcore selfie!

 

 

 

Peter Conroy

Peter Conroy

A wee treat!

A wee treat!

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Big waves- Ireland set for a classic Winter of surf


Mullaghmore head Co Sligo March 2012: The wave faces were reaching 50ft +. This is one of a sequence of Ollie O’Flaherty who took off on this bomb, got nominated for Billabong XXL in the process but experienced a heavy slap by the lip moments later. It was a mean wipeout but the man was smiling afterwards. Fair play Mr O’Flaherty!

This winter season Ireland has already experienced some huge swells with more to follow this weekend. It could be a classic big wave season.

Mullaghmore Head Co Sligo

Mullaghmore Head Co Sligo

For more on this day check out our film on www.northcore-europe.com.

 

WIN a Northcore Skateboard!!


The final and ultimate prize in our mega 2013 #giftmas giveaway is upon us! So for a chance to score a brand new Northcore Skateboard Division “Retro Beach Cruiser”  Skateboard in time for Christmas all you need to do is get creative and produce a photo inspired by: “I need a new skateboard because…”

Email your entries to sales@northcore-europe.com or enter via any of our social networks (Details of how on our Facebook / Google + / Twitter / Instagram) tag #giftmas and @northcore_surf. We’ll announce our favourite entry on Monday 16th Dec at 12 noon and you’ll have the skatey in time for the big day!

Win a Northcore Skateboard

Win a Northcore Skateboard

Win a Northcore beach cruiser skateboard!

Win a Northcore beach cruiser skateboard!

Retro Cruiser

Retro Cruiser

No surf? just skate! Northcore launch the “Skateboard Division”


To say that we’re excited is an understatement! as our all new Northcore skate division skateboards arrive into our UK warehouse this week and we can’t wait. The range has been painstakingly developed to ensure that the skateboards we produce are just right and we’re hoping we’ve achieved our goal as we’re stoked with end result.

Northcore Candy bar

Northcore Candy bar

Northcore™ skateboards were born during a long hot summer with no waves, when we turned to riding skateboards to keep the stoke and glide alive until the next swell blessed our shores.  So with our thoughts on street riding and skate parks we drew inspiration to design boards we wanted to ride and would complement our surfing.  The result is a range of cruisers and longboards with performance specifications and hardware for effortless rolling, carving and above all fun.

As with every product Northcore™ create we want only the best, so that’s what we demanded of our skateboard division.  All our boards are hand assembled using only the finest components from the world’s leading skate producers: 7 ply Canadian Maple, ABEC 7 bearings, sandblasted California trucks and super grippy PU wheels all combined to bring about one of the markets leading skateboards, designed with you in mind.

Candy bar

Candy bar

Pintail Longboard

Pintail Longboard

Retro Cruiser

Retro Cruiser