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"That left is crazy. One of the best lefts I've surfed in my entire life" said one half of the winning partnership Eric Rebiere. This was just one swell in an insane run of swells for Ireland and believe it or not Mully is capable of delivering even more. Chief organiser Paul O'Kane was a deservedly happy man, "We're just stoked that everything worked out so well. The waves at Mullaghmore can be bigger but they were perfect for this first competition. These waves were about 20- 25ft but it's a really heavy wave with a twist. Once you're on the twist, you're on a roller-coaster. The important thing was that everyone stayed safe out there. Everyone was really looking out for each other."© 2014 Bonnarme/Aquashot.fr
The other half of the winning team Benjamin Sanchis apparently received a congratulatory phone call from Kelly Slater, who himself is thinking of taking up big wave surfing full-time. "It's been a journey." Said Paul O'Kane. "Everyone was watching each other, pushing up the level and seeing Sancho coming in deep from behind the peak was an eye-opener. The sheer level of skill was incredible."© 2014 Gary McCall/potatobread.co.uk
The stir-crazy wipeout of the day went to Gabe's partner and Mully pioneer Ritchie Fitzgerald. "I've got some pretty nasty swollen-to-hell ligament damage, I went over the falls in the barrel with back foot still in the straps and it completely twisted, I heard a nasty crunch, got held down for two waves and I was on the verge of blacking out. "It took a few minutes after Gabe picked me up to get my vision back, and air in my lungs. Gotta love getting smashed and I'll be on it again as soon as it feels good."© 2014 Conn Osborne
Peter Conroy and Gyln Ovens came in a hot second winning the Irish division.© 2014 Conn Osborne
Easkey Britton as the only woman in the event came in first laying down the gauntlet to any other wannbe big wave ladies and proving she can mix it up with anyone.© 2014 Conn Osborne
Best pick-up (water patrol award) went to Lyndon Wake who can surf a bit as well.© 2014 Gary McCall/potatobread.co.uk
Caught in the moment this wave can throw out the roundest most perfect looking barrels one second and then totally catch you off your guard the next.© 2014 Gary McCall/potatobread.co.uk
One golden moment for Gabe Davies.© 2014 Conn Osborne
For Ireland this comp was an ambitious and ultimately successful step forward, one which helps to progress the whole of Euro big wave surfing. This is actually the first time Ireland has come together in this way to celebrate big waves outside the edited snippets of perfection that the world is previously used to seeing. It was participatory, real, raw accessible and allowed the public to get involved. One day as it really was, no colour-correction required.© 2014 **Footage and commentary courtesy of Jamie Russell**
It's a Mully chicken ... unlike everyone in the water.© 2014 Gary McCall/potatobread.co.uk
Entry to The Winter Session has closed for this season. The task remains of picking a pair of winners for February, then sorting through all the edits in search of an overall victor.
Three months of non stop storms ended abruptly in Les Landes on Thursday.
Skeleton Bay providing the implausibly long tunnels for which it is known.