One question which is bound to be asked is: Why is this a tow comp not a paddle?
"I think you'd struggle to fill the places if it was a paddle comp out there at this size! Said Andrew Cotton." Al's paddled it numerous times when it's been huge but it's so hard. It's a pretty unpredictable wave, some just go inside out and get bigger as they run down the slab and others barely break. But it is doable if you're patient and don't mind taking the beatings between the odd wave."
Greg and Rusty Long attempted to paddle before the contest but just found the steps, bumps and double-ups impossible to negotiate.
"In the future we'd love to run a paddle round of the Big Wave World Tour in Ireland." Said Paul O'Kane. "Maybe at Aileens. At the moment we're battling with local authorities who just want to ban PWC water support. Sligo County Council are far more progressive in their thinking and we hope this will help to set the basis in place for a rational set of protocols using world best practise that we can all agree on across Ireland. Without a water patrol there can be no progression."
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