Relentless-sponsored big wave surfer Tom Lowe fills us in on his 2011 October Trip
In the latest of his regular updates, legendary big-wave surfer Tom Lowe tries his hand in some fierce competition, and gets back to one of his favourite spots on earth – the blustery climes of Ireland. – Written firsthand by Tom.
Supertubes in Portugal: a classic trip
“I realised I don’t like competing in small waves. During the Supertubes in Portugal, I met a lot of cool people (some of whom were my bosses from Rip Curl), surfed some great waves in between the competition and hopefully got some good shots! It was good to hang out with Owen Wright – what a humble, nice guy he is. You wouldn’t think he was second in the world right now! So all in all, I had a classic trip.
Early starts and frustration in Ireland
“We’ve been up at five most mornings, launching the ski at six and out in the line-up by seven”
I drove over to Ireland in early October for a swell, however after countless hours on jet skis, which I won’t go into, we haven’t scored anything heavy. It’s been a tough few weeks. We’ve been up at five most mornings, launching the ski at six and out in the line-up by seven. We do this early-morning hardcore stuff to get the right tides for the particular spots where we’re trying to surf. In Ireland there’s such a small window of opportunity, so we have to be on it.
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