It’s Tonnta’s tenth issue so we are celebrating this small but none too insignificant publishing milestone with a Special Collector’s Edition. It’s all about Ireland’s Best Ten Surfing Things. And it will be available at Eason’s outlets (upon request) and all good surf and adventure stores around Ireland. Here’s what you will see this issue:
In Focus: More gob smacking images from some of our dedicated surf photographers. Bail ó Dhia ar an Oibre!
Mail Bag: Some letters from here and afar expressing various observations and opinions. Keep ‘em coming folks!
Murphy’s Bookstore: Looking for a good read? Here are ten surfing-related books that will keep up your stoke levels during flat spells or in between sessions.
Film Club: We list our best ten surf films ever made from Hollywood classics to amazing documentaries.
Music Café: Our resident saineolaí ceoltóir Liam Ahern takes time to list his ten best Irish albums – no easy task!
Uniquely Irish: Ten good reasons why we can all be proud to be an Irish surfer
Mickey Smith’s Best Ten Sessions: Ace surfing lensman Mickey Smith presents us with his ten best ever Irish surf sessions and some amazing stories to go with his outstanding pics. Wow!
Our Best Ten Waves: We countdown from ten to one the best Irish waves. Did we miss any? Do you agree with our list? Then check it out…
Ireland’s Best Surfers: Our panel of Dave Blount, Richie Fitzgerald, James O’Callaghan, Murph and Graham Collins discuss the best surfers in Ireland including men, women, legends and groms.
Ten Heaviest Waves: The panel also discuss the most dangerous waves in Ireland. Is it the deep water bombies or the shallow death slabs? Read on…
Best Ten This & Best Ten That: To celebrate our 10th issue we’ve included some additional pages scattered throughout which offer a list on a wide range of things from our best beach breaks, ten good surf vehicles, ten best pubs and food stops, ten golden rules and our ten most significant moments of Irish surfing. Loads there to think about and disagree with…
So get out there, support your local surf shop, buy the bloody thing and enjoy!
This issue we head west to where an Inch is a mile and by that we are only talking the length of the waves. Yep it’s Kerry, probably the most beautiful county in Ireland. We find out if it has the surf to match the scenery! We have reports on how our finest youngsters matched up to the locals on the north shore of Hawaii. We get a behind the scenes look at another of our surf fraternities master craftsmen as well as all the other bells and whistles you should expect from us by now!
The Kingdom of Kerry: More than just football.
The Sport of Kings: Irish in Hawaii
Alan O’Riordan: Master Craftsman.
We head down to rebel country this issue to see what’s on offer, get a travel report not to be missed the north west of Africa as well as all the usual delights.
Wonderful West Cork: Deep in the Heart of the Rebel County.
Desert Delights: Irish in Morocco
Tim Boal: A French Irish Surfer.
This issue we stop off in Lahinch, Irelands west coast surfing hub, we get a sneak peak into the dark art that is surfboard shaping, session reports from Donegal to W.A. as well as catch ups on everything thing else that’s been going on!
Mighty Mullaghmore: Dangerous and Snarling with Perfect Giant Tubes
Lahnich: Ireland’s Surf City
Mark McGuire: Ireland’s Most Experienced Shaper.
West Oz: Irish surfers travelling around Western Australia
Plus all the best from the last few months around Ireland in our gallery section In Focus.
We begin our tour around the surfing hotspots of Eire, catch up with the reigning world champ to trace back his Irish roots (damn right he is!) as well as all the latest and greatest from around our shores.
Mick Fanning: The world champ talks about his Irish ancestry.
Beautiful Bundoran: Conflicts, crowds and class waves.
The Summer That Wasn’t: Record rains but we had some surf!
It’s our first issue and guess what it’s ram packed full of surfing goodness including the following features:
Joe Roddy: A tribute to one of the Ireland’s first surfers.
Celtic Tigers: Irish surfing is hitting new heights and we profile some of the young guns blazing away in 2008.
Guiding Lights: Easkey Britton looks at the history of women’s surfing.
Secrets in Stone: Surfing sculptor Brendan McGloin talks about his amazing stone art.
New Frontiers: We investigate the tow-surfing phenomenon in Ireland.
Don’t forget to check out the amazing gallery section In Focus