Timo Mullen at the Magheroarty Classic

In Costa Brava for the 2013 Starboard International Dealers' Meeting, Timo Mullen showed us this clip, entirely filmed at Magheroarty, in the Northwest of Ireland. According to Timo, the month of September has been pretty exceptional in Ireland, with wind and waves almost everyday! However, nothing was said about the temperature!

On top of that, Timo took the first place in the Magheroarty Classic, which ran on September 21st and 22nd, followed by Rob Jones in second and Alex Dugan in third place. More from Timo below...

Timo, tell us about the Magheroarty Wave Classic?
The Magheroarty Wave Classic has always been "the event" on the Irish Wave Circuit, obviously Magheroarty gets amazing conditions but the event is also renowned for the crazy social scene. The contest has not happened for quite a few years but a Polish windsurfer from Dublin, Thomas Lotocki, had the brilliant idea to revive the contest. Thomas did an amazing job and pulled off one of the best organized events I’ve ever been to!

The event also was in memory of Mikey Clancy, all his family were there and we were able to scatter Mikey's ashes into the waves at his favorite section of the beach.

How were the conditions for the contest?
Pretty epic really, we did get lucky! The forecast was not looking great but as it always seems to happen in Magheroarty the wind and waves turned on! The first day we had glassy 6 foot surf in the morning then the wind kicked in about lunch time perfect side offshore 5.0m² weather, so yeah, we sailed the contest all day in logo / mast high conditions until dark. The organizers were so well organized we had the Pro fleet sailing on the reef break and at the same time the Amateurs were being judged on the beach break.

How did you get on in the contest?
I was lucky to have won the event! I’m really stoked to win this event as Magheroarty is where I grew up wave sailing, it is pretty much my favorite place in the world to windsurf. I actually won the contest the last time it was here which was 20 years ago!!! So to win it again after all these years was pretty special, especially with the conditions we got.

There are a lot of incredible wave sailors in Ireland, everyone was at the contest so it was cool to hear how the conditions have been from different parts of our coast, September has been pretty epic so far so everyone had some good tales to tell!

What equipment were you using?
I just got delivery of all my new 2014 gear so in the contest I was using the Starboard Kode Wave 87 and the Starboard Quads 92 and 100 Carbon. The new boards are so good now you don't have to even think about it, you just concentrate on what you want to do on the wave... It is pretty mind blowing how good the boards are; Scotty has done such a great job to make wave sailing easy for all the riders! In the video I'm using the Starboard Quad 74 and the Kode Wave 82.

As for sails, I'm using the new Severne S-1 and Blade but in the contest, I was on my SWAT 5.2m² and my Blade 5.0m². Pretty much, I use Blades most of the time as I like the power and stability that you kind of need sailing in Ireland. For light winds, I have a 5.2m² SWAT as it is so light it behaves more like a 5.7m².

Tell us about your video?
I find it really hard to get footage to make video clips, obviously I don't have a film crew following me around capturing every day I windsurf so it's hoping that my younger brother Tam is free to come with me on the day... This video was filmed over just 2 days in September so we were pretty lucky to get the good conditions. I also have a full time job so I also need to be lucky that the conditions happen in the weekend!!!

My younger brother is so talented at making videos, he made 'Greenie' a few years ago which was a DVD all about wavesailing in Ireland, we actually have quite a bit of footage from the NW of Ireland so in the next few weeks we will release another video that should show a few more spots and also footage of my brother Finn ripping it up! The video you see here was shot in Magheroarty at the reef and beach-break and at another reef break further down the coast.

What are your plans for the winter?
Just to do what I always do, try and be in Ireland whenever it is firing, maybe a few trips to Scotland and then in December I will be in Cape Town again for a month with all my family. To be honest though Ireland is so good, you do not really have to travel anywhere!

Alright! Thank you Timo! We look forward to seeing some more videos of you over the winter!
Thanks, and I'd better thank my wife Zani for being such a cool wife and looking after our girls when I run away at weekends to Ireland leaving her with the hard job!