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“Sessions: A Left” Is a Beautiful Short of Surfing Across The Pond

People love Ireland because you can hide your alcoholism under the guise of travel and heritage. But now a new breed of tourists are flocking to the land of Guinness and Whisky, a salty band of travelers who prey on western winds and mid-winter swells, and pounce on cheap off-season airfare. If I had a dollar for every person who told me about their surf trip to Ireland I’d have three dollars and still be flat broke. Really though, it does seem like Ireland is the place to go and surf if you want some culture, good waves and a smaller line-up than Bali. 

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By the way, I’m not calling Barry Mottershead, Gearoid McDaid, Josh Redman, and Ryan Watts tourists, I’m just calling out what I hear. They rip and made a beautiful video to welcome in the New Year. Enjoy!

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A Great White Nibble Leaves Surfer with 50-Stitches and a Story
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A Great White Nibble Leaves Surfer with 50-Stitches and a Story

A Great White Nibble Leaves Surfer with 50-Stitches and a Story

2018 was a sharky year and 2019 is shaping up to be no different. At around 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, 19-year-old Nick Wapner was surfing Sandspit Beach along California’s central coast when he felt a strong pressure around his legs. He looked back as his board was being driven out of the water to see the mouth of a great white shark closing around his ankles. He later said the head of the estimated 15-foot long shark was around three to four feet with massive jaws and beady black eyes.

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Jan. 9th, 2019: Huge Swell Hits L.A. County
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Jan. 9th, 2019: Huge Swell Hits L.A. County

Jan. 9th, 2019: Huge Swell Hits L.A. County

Last Wednesday, Jan. 9th, 2019, a massive swell hit Southern California.  The region's top surfers were ready to take full advantage, as evidenced in the above video.  Surfers including Matt Mohagen, Nic Lamb, Tito Bourget and Patrick Miller were out in force to ride the large and uncommonly well-formed barrels which rolled in.   The all-time swell was due to a low-pressure system off the coast of Southern California.  magicseaweed.com graphic.   Related: A Great White Nibble Leaves

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Dylan Graves Explores the Great Lakes Surf Scene
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Dylan Graves Explores the Great Lakes Surf Scene

Dylan Graves Explores the Great Lakes Surf Scene

The last place you’d probably expect to see a car loaded with surfboards is Wisconsin. They’re going on a road trip to California right? Nope, just down the road. The Great Lakes are a surf destination through and through despite being miles from a coastline. Explore these massive lakes with Dylan Graves in Vans' newest series, Weird Waves, which kicks off with the midwest. RELATED: “Sessions: A Left” is a Beautiful Short of Surfing Across the Pond It turns out that lake surfers aren’t