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Dublin: 6 °C Saturday 22 February, 2020

The surf report: messy weekend as waves bring redemption

There’s a long weekend ahead so grab a board and let Ben Farr tell you exactly where to go for the best waves

AUSTRALIAN BRENT DORRINGTON became the king of Scotland as he took home the crown of the 2011 O’Neill Coldwater Classic in Thurso.

The 24-year-old defeated Jay Quinn (NZL) 9.00pts to 7.66pts with some excellent wave selection.

Dorrington is now the overall series rankings leader after winning gold (or in this case a Scottish saber) for the first time in his career.  He dominated the final day, scoring a combined wave total of 18.50 out of 20 in his semi before he was gifted the win in the final as Quinn floundered to catch a scoring ride in the tempremental conditions.

Alan Riou (PYF) and Richard Christie (NZL) finished joint third. You can watch highlights of the finals here:

Elsewhere on the ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Aurstralia is now into the third round. Both the men’s and women’s comps have been scoring decent waves and highlights are over on the ASP website.   Have a great Easter and good waves everyone.

Weather Overview

The Lord has risen (if you are into that sort of thing) and so have the waves. It’s looking pretty meaty out there this weekend as a strong westerly ground swell hits highs of over 3.5m.

Wind will be an issue so it will mean getting up for those early morning surfs. And the best of the waves should (and I’m not just saying this because I’m biased) be on the Dingle Peninsula.

The north – The best of the swell won’t arrive in the north till Easter Monday. However onshore winds will arrive with it. The rest of the weekend should see knee to waist height rollers that would be perfect for learning on.

Co Donegal/Sligo – Two-3ft and offshore today and that will be the best of it. The rest of the weekend the wind will be from the west and then north messing up the swell.

Co Clare – The strong west swell will be lapping into Lahinch and the surrounding areas all weekend. Medium strength westerly winds won’t help the shape much but when the winds switch north on Monday things should heat up.

Dingle Peninsula – The swell will build all weekend culminating in what is looking like perfect conditions for either Inch beach or Coumeenole on Monday.

Cork & the south – Plenty of ground swell to make most breaks work. And the north wind on Monday will add some offshore awsomeness. But for your best chance of waves all weekend, head to the west facing beaches.

Disclaimer – These weather reports are intended as a general overview of swell running in that area. These are predictions and actual wave size may vary. Do not enter the water alone or without adequate equipment and do not enter surf that is too large for your abilities. We cannot be held responsible for any decisions you make based on this information. For daily weather information follow @dinglesurf on


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