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Prowler Strikes

Barry-Mottershead-thumbThu, 11 November 2010

Thurs 11 Nov '10

It was big wave carnage as South Africans Barry Mottershead and Jem Johnson, with a crew of Irish, British and Aussie lads, scored the beast they call Prowlers at a secret location on the west coast of Ireland. According to their mate Dan, Jem was on day one of a trip to Ireland, and Barry has been living in Ireland on and off for seven years. Conn Osborne was on hand to shoot these pics.

New Irish Big Wave Spot

Tue, 9 November 2010

A chance discovery from a rescue helicopter years ago today culminated in a giant session at the massive wedging wave they have now named Prowlers. British surfer Andrew Cotton saw a wave break several years ago on board an Irish Coast Guard helicopter after being rescued in a surf accident off Mullaghmore, in County Sligo.

Read more: New Irish Big Wave Spot

Surfers React to Tragedy

Thu, 4 November 2010

Several top surfers have spoken out about the tragic death of Andy Irons at a paddle out memorial service held in Porta Del Sol, site of the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico, where it was unanimously decided to postpone the event until Friday.

Read more: Surfers React to Tragedy

AI Autopsy Inconclusive

Thu, 4 November 2010

Honolulu, Hawaii: As results of the autopsy on Andy Irons proved inconclusive, hundreds of fans and pro surfers held a memorial paddleout service in Porta Del Sol, Puerto Rico, yesterday.

Read more: AI Autopsy Inconclusive

Andy Irons is Dead

Wed, 3 November 2010

Andy Irons is dead. The three-times surfing world champion, 32, was found dead in a hotel room in Dallas, Texas, yesterday after withdrawing from the Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico.

Read more: Andy Irons is Dead

Human Fish Breaks 11th Record

Sun, 31 October 2010

Hanli Prinsloo, the 31-year-old free diving sensation, has set her eleventh South African record by diving 63 metres and back up on one breath, propelled by a monofin, reports Spike.

Read more: Human Fish Breaks 11th Record

Indo Surf Boat Safe and Sound

Tue, 26 October 2010

Mentawais Islands: The skipper, clients and crew of the Southern Cross, an Australian surf charter boat that has been missing since yesterday after a tsunami hit this surf-rich Indonesian island chain, have been reported safe and sound.

Read more: Indo Surf Boat Safe and Sound

Tsunami Hits Indo

Tue, 26 October 2010

Mentawais Islands: At least 160 people, including an estimated 10-15 surfers and crew on a surf charter boat, are missing after a tsunami pulsed from an earthquake off the southern end of the island chain yesterday evening (late morning South African time).

Read more: Tsunami Hits Indo

Jordy ankle injury 'just a strain'

Sat, 23 October 2010

The surfing world got the jitters on Friday, when Jordy Smith tweeted: "Just rolled my ankle playing dodge ball, think I'm out of this comp", reports Paul van Jaarsveld.

Read more: Jordy ankle injury 'just a strain'

Rogue Wave Explained

Click to enlargeThu, 14 October 2010

We have had some light thrown on the strange glitch that appeared in the CSIR Waverider buoy off Cape Point earlier this week, when a sudden spike appeared in the data, which looked suspiciously like a rogue wave, although guys surfing at around noon on Monday, when the surf was pretty big at 20 feet or so, certainly did not report a massive wave of any kind.

Clarification came from Pieter Truter from the CSIR yesterday, who told Wavescape: "It was not a rogue wave. At about 12:00 on Monday the 11th of October 2010 the waverider bouy was hit by something, most likely a ship, and broke free. The bouy was recovered the same day and should be back in the water by the end of next week."

The information explains the totally bizarre jump to a pulse measuring around 100 feet at 25 seconds, which of course would make this one of the strangest rogue waves ever recorded by science.

Rogue Wave off Cape Point?

image001Tue, 12 October 2010

Did anyone see any signs of this crazy spike in the CSIR Cape Town buoy off Cape Point yesterday? According to the graph, a 25 metre pulse came through at an outlandishly, never heard of, 25 seconds. So are we talking a 100' wave coming through on the Cape Point physical buoy at lunchtime, or are we talking about someone at the CSIR dropping a piece of quiche into the keyboad of their laptop? There have been no reports of rogue waves, or other unusual wave action on the coast, but perhaps this really was something? Tune us what you think, or if you know of a George Clooney fishing crew who lost their lives and boat climbing up a water wall like a microscopic bug.

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