Hawaii Is For Wimps, Welcome to Ireland

Hawaii Is For Wimps, Welcome to Ireland

A week and a half ago, pro surfer Nic von Rupp was all set to jet to Hawaii, ticket in


A week and a half ago, pro surfer Nic von Rupp was all set to jet to Hawaii, ticket in hand for warm water, pumping Pipe, and palm trees, when he got the call from his team manager that Ireland was going off — pack the heavy rubber and head east instead of west. Temperature on the ground: 32° Fahrenheit. Waves: macking. Buh-bye, bikinis.

This short film by Jose Pedro Gomes is a fairly typical surf porn edit, but Ireland’s big frosty slabs are anything but — thick lips, cold water density, gloaming light. It’s no wonder von Rupp said he took one look and was “shitting.” But his performance in the water is nothing but strong — the kid knows how to kick and drive with speed.

And remember….32°.

Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal.
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  • Murph
    Reply

    Hmmm, sorry Steve, I’m not seeing the video – something wrong? Could be me, too

  • Dave
    Reply

    Yup… No video.

    • steve casimiro
      Reply

      Not sure what happened, but it’s there now.

  • Malcolm Daly
    Reply

    I guess this is no more strange that standing at the bottom of a frozen waterfall at 4°F with the intention to climb it.

  • isit
    Reply

    yes if the frozen waterfall decides to collapse on top of you while you’re trying to climb it that is…

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