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Al Mennie Makes Entry in the Billabong XXL Big Wave Contest

Posted on December 23, 2010 - Filed Under Future Fins | By

As Global big wave surfing has literally grown in size, Futures team rider Al Mennie has been at the forefront of the European movement. Mennie has surfed huge waves all over the planet (most recently at Nazare, Portugal). It has been through continually pushing the boundaries in Ireland that he has become an internationally recognised surfer. After travelling to paddle into Mavericks, California in early 2003, Al has consistently raised the level of big wave surfing to previously unimaginable heights in Ireland and continues to strive to surf bigger and more challenging waves.

Mennie is extremely comfortable surfing giant waves whether that means paddling a huge gun or being whipped into them by his long-time friend and surfing partner Andrew Cotton.
The Billabong XXl big wave awards is the oscars of big wave surfing. Awards are given to surfers, film makers and photographers for huge waves ridden either by paddling into them or by towing into them. Over the years, Mennie has posted several entries in both categories. His most recent entry comes from photographer Conn Osborne from a session at Prowlers, Ireland.

Here is some video of Al paddling and towing huge waves in Ireland.


Here is the link to Billabong XXL, Mennie’s wave is on page three next to another Prolwers entry.



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One Response to “Al Mennie Makes Entry in the Billabong XXL Big Wave Contest”

  1. Josh Aggars on January 31st, 2011 5:00 pm

    Superb! Love it. When that black shadow was coming up behind I thought it was going to be a much bigger bird than that but still very sweet the way it hopped on for a wee ride.
    Hats off for the dedicated surfing in the snow. That looked proper cold! I was in on Dec 27th in Bournemouth and remember that being particularly ‘fresh’ but didn’t have to contend with snow as well.

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