The storm systems during the winter of 2013/14 have been wholly unprecedented for the shores of Western Europe. Back to back low pressure systems originating in the US eastern seaboard have whipped up seemingly endless storm to hurricane force winds which have battered the coastlines of the UK and Ireland with horrific ferocity. The one upside to the devastating storms has been monstrous open ocean swells sometimes creating Atlantic wave buoy readings in the 30ft and 20 sec range! which have seen surfers at home and abroad buzzing about the possibilities of catching the biggest waves of their lives.
Our film "934" sprang to life after the Northcore team decided to chase after the mother of all the storms. A low pressure system which began to wind itself up in the Atlantic during the first week of Jan 2014 eventually reached a near record low pressure reading of 934mb. The system was so fierce it even spawned its own names, officially "Hercules" and unofficially the "Black Hole swell", that generated massive surf which travelled North from Scotland right down to Morocco lighting up every big wave spot on the way. Some of the Northcore team riders selected to gather at Mullaghmore head in County Sligo, Ireland to meet up with Hercules and in the tense, quite moments before the collective tow session go button was pressed we captured some of the riders thoughts on what it feels like before setting out to tackle one of the planets heaviest waves.
A NORTHCORE FILM:
PRODUCED BY: Matt Strathern
CAMERA: James Skerritt
EDIT: Simon Weir
SURFERS: Conor Maguire, Peter Conroy, Sandy Kerr, Ollie O’Flaherty and Paul O’Kane
THANKS: Peter Clyne for the footage of Peter Conroy, Bundoran Surf Lodge (A cool place to stay in Bundoran), Conor’s mum for the amazing food, the Pier Head hotel for the shelter at Mullaghmore and to all the lads for the great craic!