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Watch as famous Aussie surfer Mick Fanning catches incredible waves off Irish coast

While Ireland may not conjure up the warm sandy beach image of popular surf spots like Australia or Hawaii, a new video shows world champion surfer Mick Fanning catching waves along the island’s beautiful coastline.


Fanning is one of the world’s top surfers, having won the ASP World Tour three times. The Australian-born surfer has an Irish father, and recently went to the country to surf, which was documented by the company Rip Curl.

“You go to other countries, say you go to Indonesia or Hawaii, you always feel like a tourist because you don’t have those deep-seated roots,” he says in the video. “Whereas here I feel a sense of home in a way, it’s my heritage, my Dad was born here, the closest family we have is pretty much from Ireland”.

Mike Fanning in Ireland. surfing Ireland
Mike Fanning in Ireland. Image by Rip Curl

And for anyone still sceptical at the thought of catching waves in Ireland, the sport is actually quite popular among those willing to don a warm wetsuit.

Fanning has been taking time off from the world tour, but hasn’t let that stop him from surfing. He recently made headlines after photographers captured him surfing under the Northern Lights in Norway.  Fanning had been invited to the country by Norwegian photographers Emil Sollie and Mats Grimsæth, who had been planning getting the perfect shot of a surfer under the Northern Lights for two years.

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