[Update 4/18/11 via Save the Waves & Surfer's Path: The fight continues to save Doolin Point and Crab Island. Despite the recent approval by the Clare County Council to build a pier that threatens the world-class waves of Crab Island and Doolin Point, the project now must acquire a foreshore license by the Department of the Environment, which is being applied for now. Please urge the Department of the Environment to rethink this project. Letters must arrive before the 21st of April, so don’t wait. Send you letter today! Click for address and template.]
Having personally scoured six continents for places to challenge myself in the ocean, it has been the waves of County Clare on the pristine western shores of Ireland that have provided me with the experience and ability for my surfing exploits to put me in situations I could not have dreamt of fifteen years ago. It is this magical string of surfing breaks that have ultimately led to my involvement with Patagonia.
Editor's note: Two world-class waves in Ireland are currently under threat of development and need our voices. Patagonia surf ambassador Tom Doidge-Harrison describes the situation in today's post, and gives you two easy ways to help save the waves.
Sadly, this area may not remain quite so magical for long as two of its keystone breaks, Doolin Point and Crab Island, are currently under threat by a harbour development in Doolin, the heart of Irish surfing.
[Doolin on a clean 10ft SW swell. Crab Island and Doolin Point visible on the right. Crab appears to be holding, while Doolin Point is being washed through and the channel is closing out. I surfed this day, alone. I got one wave at Crab before breaking my nose on a beat down. Photo: Mitch Loan]