Extremehorizon Surfing Blog

Extremehorizon surf blog providing: regular surfing news, updates, stories, surf pictures, product reviews, surfer interviews and anything from the world of actions sports which is begging to be blogged!

The worlds biggest surf- has a 100ft wave been ridden?

A huge storm developed in the Western Atlantic earlier this week with the wave buoys showing 24ft and 20 secs, which equals 60-70ft surf at the right locations! The best spot it seems was Nazare in Portugal with the surf being funneled by a deep water canyon just off the coast creating some monster waves one of which is being hailed as a 100ft wave surfed by Garrett McNamarra on “Big Monday” 28th Jan 2013. The size isn’t confirmed yet, but it did look huge!



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Peter Mel takes win at Mavericks

Peter Mel won the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest, a 24-competitor Big Wave World Tour event, at the mental reef near Half Moon Bay, California on Sunday. The conditions by Mavericks standards were small, but it was sunny and a Sunday so the more cynical may say it was run not because of wave size but because of potential audience size? Either way Mel charged and took home $12,000.


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Massive waves hit Ireland’s West Coast

Monday 21st Jan saw the start of a series of huge swells hitting the length of the Western European coast with Ireland taking the full force of the monster waves. A tow session at Mullaghmore Co Sligo saw this wave ridden by Peter Conroy being nominated for barrel of the year in Billabongs XXL competition

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All new 5th Generation Keypod video

The all new Keypod 5G is available now and here’s the latest video to go with it showing all of the new features…nice!

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Introducing up and coming Surf Artist Emma Rawlins

The surfing world has an incredibly diverse and progressive culture of artistic creativity inspired by the ocean and riding waves and it’s always good to see emerging new artists being recognised especially if they surf at the same break as you! This is how we came across Emma Rawlins and her beautiful paintings so wanted to share an introduction and some of her work here. In Emma’s own words:

“Hi, I’m Emma Rawlins, aged 23, a surf artist based primarily on the north east coast of England. Having always painted whilst growing up, it has become a recent career path for me to paint full time, meaning I get to do what I love all day. My focus within this career path is Surf Artwork, based on the ocean and the breathtaking scenery surrounding it discovered in England and whilst travelling some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, 2011, and from my passion within surfing myself. I would love nothing more than to continue this career path, selling locally, nationally, or perhaps even one day to be recognised as an English Surf Artist. I love doing what I do, I hope you like my work also”

Check out Emma’s paintings at www.emmarawlinsart.com or have a look at her facebook page:


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Slice surfboard fins launch in Europe

We’re loving these new “Slice” surfboard fins. Made with 8mm Hexcore centres, Slice fins are Ultra Light , very strong and with a tiny amount of tip flex. They come in a range of funky colours and standard FCS compatible sizes. Nice

Slice surfboard fins


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All new 5th Generation Keypod launches this week

KEYPOD 5G Keysafe – The original and worlds best action sports Key safe!

KEYPOD is the original and one of the toughest Key safes on the market. Extremehorizon designed and manufactured the very first KEYPODback in 2005 – if it’s not a KEYPOD it’s not an original!

The all new 5th generation KEYPOD car key safe is a simple, robust, portable, weather resistant, secure storage safe for keys and other valuables designed to deter would be thieves so that they move on to an easier target. It blends a four digit combination padlock with an integrated storage cavity which is large enough to hold all know modern electronic vehicle keys (and immobilisors), household keys, spare change, credit cards and even some mobile phones.

5th Generation Keypod


KEYPODis an essential piece of kit with a huge range of applications including use by; surfers, kayakers, windsurfers, mountain bikers, walkers, kite surfers, shooters, camping, back packing, beach goers, divers, gym users, caravan owners, shed owners, car hire companies, shared vehicle owners, sailors, Moto-X, construction companies…the list goes on!

Features on the 5G KEYPOD:

  • The 10mm thick steel padlock shackle dual notches at the either side of the shackle base to deter it from being forced open
  • A storage lid which pivots from the base on a full width steel pin engineered into the hinge for additional strength
  • Dual lid locking points to further enhance secure closer
  • Integrated shackle combination reset mechanism allowing, simple, fast personal combination settings to be applied and changed as often as you like.
  • Foam backed body to prevent scratching of surfaces.
  • Super tough 3mm thick alloy body painted in sleek matt blacked finished making the Keypod resistant to corrosion
  • Four number combination wheel with 10,000 combination options
  • Internal dimensions: Length 9cm x Width 6.3cm x Depth 2.8cm. Fits all known vehicle keys and immobilisers
  • Simple maintainance, wiping dry of any water or dirt after use and occasional oiling of the mechanism will ensure years of reliable use

 Just place in your keys etc, choose a solid anchor point on the car to secure the padlock shackle, close the lid and shackle and set the combination….safe keys!

Buy ONLINE here

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Book Review: Cliffs Of Insanity by Keith Duggan

Most surfers will know their surf history and heritage especially as the roots of modern surfing are less than a century old. However the classic stories and memorable events to have been chronicled thus far have been confined to a fairly restrictive number of key events in the evolution of our sport and most of these are from a  Hawaiian/US-centric perspective. Incredible stories from Waimea, Makaha, Peahi, Mavericks etc abound but have been repeated in almost every non-fiction surfing book ever published. However there’s a much wider surfing folklore and heritage being created daily beyond the mainstream which are just as valid. Surfers are pushing boundries and discoveries in the wildest of locations which is why the release of the new book “Cliffs of Insanity” is such a refreshing proposition.

Cliffs of Insanity

The book written by award winning Irish Times Journalist Keith Duggan, shines a light on a small community of surfers carving out a life immersed in the cold forboding Atlantic waters of Western Ireland where insane slabs and monster waves as impressive as any on the planet are being surfed and documented. The book is beautifully crafted and delves into the life of some of the leading figures in Irish surfing including the main protagonists Fergal Smith and photographer Mickey Smith following their exploits in and around County Clare and the waves called “Aileens” and “Rileys”. Duggans writing captures and evokes the rugged and remote Irish backdrop transporting the reader to place beyond the surfing stereotypes, pretensions and commercialism to locations and surfers which are the very definition of “Keeping it real”.

Ireland and her surfers deserve to be placed higher in the world of big wave and progressive surfing and no doubt one day will be. The likes of Fergal, Mickey, Richie and the boys are creating a solid foundation for a legacy which will resonate for years to come, so I’ve nothing but praise for Duggan bringing a book like “Cliffs of Insanity” to a print – grab a copy!

Publishers Synopsis 

Published by Transworld Ireland on 27th September 2012. RRP £14.99

Keith Duggan tells the story of a devoted group of surfers in County Clare whose lives revolve around the pursuit of Ireland’s wildest waves. This beautifully illustrated book centres around the countless hours in the freezing water trying to read the ocean for those few awe-inspiring seconds when they master a wave. Cliffs of Insanity is about a way of life that flies in the face of everything championed in Ireland over the last decade. It is a book about community, friendship and a passionate pursuit told by an award winning journalist. 


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O’Neill Cold Water Classic Santa Cruz 2012 completes round 4

The O’Neill Coldwater Classic, Stop No. 9 of 10 on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), completed Rounds 3 and 4 yesterday, with the ASP World Title Race and requalification campaigns heating up at Steamer Lane.


Up first today will be Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, against Alejo Muniz (BRA), 22, in Heat 1 of Round 5. Event organizers will reconvene at 6:15am local time for a possible 6:45 start

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ASP Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2012 waiting period begins

Event organizers at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal have called competition off for the day, opting to wait for improved conditions before commencing the event. Stop No. 8 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Portugal will play a vital role in both the hunt for the 2012 ASP World Title as well as the requalification campaigns of the world’s best surfers.

Peniche Portugal

“Clean conditions this morning but not enough swell to begin competition,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “We’ll be back tomorrow morning to make another call.” Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:45am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start. Magic Seaweed, official forecaster for the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, are calling for:

- NNW swell for the weekend looking likely for head+ surf.
- Large storm system sending pulses of more westerly swell for next week with a very very mixed, but positive, longer range outlook.

When competition commences, up first will be Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, Brett Simpson (USA), 27, and Raoni Monteiro (BRA), 30, in the opening heat of Round 1. The Rip Curl Pro Portugal will be webcast LIVE via live.ripcurl.com

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Brett Simpson (USA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW), Kai Otton (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA), Damien Hobgood (USA), Dillon Perillo (USA)
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA), Pierre Valentin Laborde (FRA)
Heat 7: Owen Wright (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 10: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 12: Julian Wilson (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT)

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