Irish surfer nominated for biggest wave contest
A surfer from West Clare has been nominated in the XXL Biggest Wave’ category at the 2012 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards in California next month.
Ollie O’Flaherty of Lahinch received the prestigious nomination in a category with over 1,000 entrants after his nominated wave was caught off Mullaghmore this March. His wave is now up against waves from as far afield as Australia, Portugal and Spain, with each winner in XXL’s seven categories in with a chance of a share of $120,000 in prize money.
“Given the prestige of this competition and the standard of entries from across the world I can’t describe how delighted I am to have been acknowledged in this way,” said Ollie of the honour.
“Having dedicated huge time, especially in the last year to reaching my surfing potential to have caught such a wave at 24 years old is a dream. It’s a credit to this island we have, the Irish coastline is recognised as a cornerstone to the global surfing world with visitors flocking here to ride the highest standard of waves each year, this competition has yet again highlighted this to the world.
“The exhilarating and excitement of this recognition has made all the broken surfboards and early mornings out in gale force winds worth it,” he added. “Now my aim is to generate support and get as many votes behind me to represent Ireland amongst the top surfers in the world in California in May.”
Obviously, it’s your patriotic duty to support Ollie ahead of the May 4 awards show so be sure to vote for your countryman here.