Surfer Maguire rides 60ft high waves off the Irish coast
Hurricane Epsilon aftermath gives rise to freak monster breakers near Sligo.
Conor Maguire has taken the surfing world by storm in recent years and he was quick to take up the opportunity of a lifetime when the aftermath of Hurricane Epsilon gave rise to 60ft waves off the coast of his native Ireland.
Here is all you need to know:
– Maguire has been surfing since he was 11 and he went on to become the youngest European to be shortlisted for the World Surf League’s Big Wave Awards.
– The 26-year-old also received an invite to the world-renowned Punta de Galiea XXL in 2017–18, which catapulted him to bigger, global recognition.
– This time around, Maguire was quick to pounce on a weather forecast which looked almost too good to be true when he travelled to Mullaghmore, County Sligo.
– The fierce Atlantic Ocean conditions were caused when tropical Hurricane Epsilon merged with a depression to produce a giant low and huge, freak breakers out at sea.
– Mullaghmore – also known as the ‘Ultimate Prize’ – is known well by European big wave riders and this storm surge created waves up to 18 metres high with Maguire accompanied closely by a safety team and Red Bull film crew for his trip out.
– Afterwards, Maguire told RTÉ News: “There are only a handful of days like this one in your whole life pretty much, so to experience that today was pretty special.”
Photos courtesy of Red Bull