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Long Irish Lull

How’s Everyone…

Ah well… it had to happen. We’re in the first long Irish lull in quite a while, and its set for another week at least by the looks of it. There have been small waves up at ‘Port, but pretty shapeless at best.

Summer lulls are strange phenomena … surfers will start to twitch at the dinner table, get maps out to look for places they already know, buy bits of gear they’ve already bought, or leave bars of wax at the bedside. Just for the smell. Tomorrow might see small very waves up north, but again, shapeless looking.

Swelltrackers among you prob caught the unusual sight of an easterly swell midweek. Did she open up anywhere in the N East way past the Causeway? Maybe not.

After last weeks hearty helping of krayzeeness at Shim’s stag out past Sligo, Good luck as well to Our Man in Wales, Martin Aaron. Martin does the bbc wales surf pages and has been over here a few times. This weekend is his stag, and no doubt will include a modest modicum of melarkey. Good luck to Mart and the fine Mrs-Mart-soon-to-be. Josh has just texted:

“10.59am. first jug of cider opened. sun coming out. Looks like the party has started …

Cider …

Oh dear …

Short ‘cast below. Some other things …

Surfism – Alan Doherty, 5th July

I batched the craic last time, about another Surfism event. Were going for it. After an initial mail to a few folks close to home, it seems theres the goodwill to pull together another event, this time for Letterkenny teenager Alan Doherty, who is undergoing facial surgery in the States. Alan was born without a mandible, and needs serious money together to pay for the treatment he requires to give him a chin. Hes the kind of guy you meet once, and never forget. Sandinos have been quick to respond, and weve settled on Thursday 5th July for another Surfism event. Alan gets back from America on the 4th, so he may be there in person. His primary surgery has gone well, but a small fortune is now needed for the bigger op this winter. So – all systems go. Its just 3 weeks away. We can use all the help and goodwill you lot can offer out there. Can I appeal therfore, asap, for:

~ Good young artists to play acoustic material. 3 or 4 songs.

~ Surf shops to offer me some decent stuff as raffle prizes. Cmaaaan there guys …!

~ a few DJ’s for ‘happy set’ tunerage late on.

~ I’ll suss the visuals/surf DVD/playstation stuff with Kwa

~ Volunteers for the door

~ Everyone to spread the word, put up posters and bring mates

The craic was great at the last event we did. It helped Shauna to get to the states to surf at the Worlds, so Im calling on you all to pitch in if you can. This is not going to be one of those big teary eyed ‘charity’ nights. Every penny will go to Alans fund for sure, but it’s as much about that, as it is about affording us all – Alans family included – a great nights crack.

NW Surf Club

After much discussion and exploratory meetings, a hearty group of local surfers have decided to go for it, and form the official ‘North West Surf Club’. Officers have been elected as the following. Chairman; Tony Doherty. Treasurer; Josh Einsle. ISA Rep / Children’s Officer; Iain Gilmour. Safety and Environment Officer; Shamus Harkin. Events Coordinator; Ryan Vail. Secretary; Open. The club is to be ISA afffiliated, and seeks to support the sufing community of Derry and Donegal. Good luck to all involved. Various mambership rates. No Secretary just yet, so contact Josh in the meantime on {encode=”josh@yoursummerspecial.net” title=”josh@yoursummerspecial.net”}

Choughlets on Rathlin

The RSPB mailed this week with news that the rarest bird in Northern Ireland – the chough, has successfully boosted its numbers by three, after three chicks hatched in recent days and took to the skies over Rathlin Island. Liam McFaul is the RSPB Warden on Rathlin:

“We are obviously delighted that the only breeding pair of chough in Northern Ireland have now become a fully fledged family. After a shaky start on Monday (11.06.07), the ‘choughlets’ seem healthy and happy to be free from their cramped cliff ledge, begging and feeding from their parents along the Rathlin cliffs and flying off to explore as a family party of five”

First ones in N Ire since 1989. Makes the heart a little glad …

Dirty Disco

Dirty Disco returns tonight to Masons with our own Stephen McCauley (BBC Electric Mainline) and resident Charlotte Dryden. Quality tunes – and some crazy stuff – there fray start tay finish for sure …

That’s it




Friday 15th June, colder and wet all week here in town, after a week when very few found surfable waves. Webcams today and at Portrush, La Hinch in Clare and Bundoran … the sea pretty flat all over.

The forecast, and its more of the same. The oceans remain all but flat for the next week or so. Beginners might find a knee high wave at best. Enough said. Weekend winds go lighter tomorrow, west to north westerlies

On the BBC 5 day …. Gloomy, warmer by Sunday. Low tides, Lisahally today 2pm. Low tomorrow 3pm, and low again Sunday 330. Weekend tides are sizeable, above 2.5 metres in town, increasing slowly.

My bet? Very little to surf this weekend or early next week.


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