Waiting period ends for Billabong Tow In, Ireland
Billabong Tow In Session, Ireland
Irish Surfing Assn.
Mullaghmore, County Sligo Ireland
1 November 2011 - 1 March 2012
No swell this winter was big and clean enough to run the event
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 March, 2012 : - - The waiting period for the Billabong Tow In Session, Ireland presented by Sony Ericsson , supported by Monster Energy, Irish Surfing Association (ISA) and the Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club (ITSRC) has ended today, resulting in the big-wave event not running this European winter. The Billabong Tow in Session was first held in February 2011 with the inaugural event scoring massive 20-foot waves at the famous big-wave spot of Mullaghmore in County Sligo on Ireland’s west coast.
This year, despite a four month long waiting period, conditions failed to reach the minimum height required and it was decided the event would have to be put on ice until next year.
“We’ve had a few swells that have come close,” said contest organiser Paul O’Kane from the ITSRC. “However we set the standard incredibly high with the first event and were determined to only hold the event if the conditions were as good as that, if not better. It’s a little frustrating, but at the end of the day we are dealing with the ocean and it was always going to have the final say.”
Ben Freeston, surf forecaster with Magic Seaweed agreed. “The conditions needed for Mullaghmore to show it’s real face are so specific you might only see them a handful of times in the best years. This year we have had four or five swells that were big enough to be interesting, but not quite competition standard.”
Source: Billabong EU
Author: Alexandra Traisnel
Tags: Mullaghmore, Ireland, Big Wave