Surfer earns award nomination for catching Sligo wave

Surfing in Ireland

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Most people were hiding from the Storm Rachel assault on Ireland this past week… but there were others only delighted to chase the big swells whipped up by the rough weather.

A number of Europe’s top surfers could hardly believe their luck as they got to ride waves up to 12 metres-high off the coast of Sligo. Professional surfer Andrew Cotton described it as an “exceptional” week at Mullaghmore, reports the Irish Times.

“The waves have been the biggest and best,” he stressed.

Three years ago in the March storm, the Englishman received a nomination for a global award for catching a 50ft wave off Mullaghmore.

And this week he has been nominated at the Billabong awards for catching a “barrel” at Mullaghmore on Monday.

The surfer was delighted with the weather and declared that while everyone else had written the day off, “myself and Hugo had the waves to ourselves”.

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