Saturday, July 16, 2016

Quatro Super Mini 83 Mini

Quatro Super Mini 83 Mini first impressions
Rik from zero gravity was over here for some sailing with board in his van. It seamed rude to let him talk it home, so it ours now. As a rule I tend to choose the board within a range which are the most suited to good DTL conditions but with Finn spending more time in onshore spots and anything which helps with getting going fast  has to be of interest.

So far only it  sailed 4 times. 3 times in waves and  once on flat  water. Some 5.4 weather but mostly 4.7 in  head high waves, side shore and  onshore .
I bought it as a crappy conditions/ onshore/ jump board which will get sailed in proper ground swell too. It's a sweet board very quick to get going and fast while still having a good front side turn. In average south coast / Tenerife conditions it is  great board because
 Super quick to get going
 Jumps really well feeling light and small in the air.
 Points really high. 
 Very good at carrying speed on soft waves. You can do lots of turns on a wave and it climbs white water well.
 Good at "taka's" because of the short length. (I'm Not!)

The board came with a massive 20cm middle fin and 10cm sides.The spec has it coming with a 18cm. Being playing round with K4.  Tried 16cm flex which was way to small for the wide tail. Now using a 18cm stubby and 10cm shark sides that's working well. Feel there's a bit more plying to do. Going to try it as a true thruster.

We have being sailing the 86 Pyramid at the same time swapping between then. There's a big difference ! For a proper hard hack on a wave with a bit off speed the 86 is unbeatable. The down side being not having the get up and go. 


In other news  Finn will blog one day !!

GA 2017 IQ just got them not been wet yet.
Pozo first time trip for Finn
South Kerry Day trip

Van looking like it needs a wash

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Spring 2016

Surf Trip Clare 
On the 13th of April, Myself and my parents traveled to Clare for a weekend of surfing as there was a Junior National Surf Comp but I also knew Jamie O'Brien was in Clare filming new "Who Is JOB 6.0". A few days before I got a message from JOB on snapchat,I was over the moon getting a reply from him, and that made me super excited for the weekend ahead. I didn't think I would get to see him I was just excited by the fact i was even in the same country as JOB seeing as that he is my favourite surfer.
Once we arrived it was pumping so I jumped straight into the water, And once returning back to the beach my Mom said "Jamie O'Brien was here 5 minutes ago" I didn't believe mom at first,I didn't want to believe I had missed the chance to see him ! 
Later on that day I went searching for Surf with Tom Knox and two other friends and as we were getting close to the surf spot we were over taken by this Red Bull Van, I instantly knew it was JOB, I was super excited yet pretty nervous. We drove down this little road towards the point brake and saw the Van had pulled in at a Restaurant. I was slighty disappointed as i thought it meant they weren't going surfing. 10 Minutes later I was getting into my suit when Ryan Hipwood just casually walks up to us and says hello to us and carrys on and then Jamie O'Brien walks past and says Hey and carried on down to the wave. I have never put a wetsuit on so quick ever hah !

The Surf was pretty good but the session was made Amazing by the fact I got to have full conversations with Ryan Hipwood, Jamie O'Brien and Poopies, Pretty crazy eh ? They were all super cool and nice. And the standard of their surfing is just crazy ! It is 10 times more impressive in person than watching it on the Internet. Hopefully I managed to get onto "Who is Job"! ;-)  
Its not everyday Jamie O'Brien watches you from the channel
Thanks Seamus Quinlan for the pics from this Surf
The next day was a pretty crazy forecast, Big swell good Swell period but lots of Wind !! It was about 40 knots offshore which isn't the best thing when you are standing on top of a 700 foot cliff ! It was too windy for the surfers to Paddle In, So they're doing tow in's. Pretty epic spectacle ! Ryan Hipwood was in his element in Scary waves.
Ryan Hipwood Charging the Cliff

National Geographic
I was chosen by National Geographic as a Young Surfer/Windsurfer who lived on the Wild Atlantic Way to feature in video they are making on the Wild Atlantic way.
It was an amazing experience getting to spend 2 days showing The National Geographic Camera Man around where I live and Having him Interview and filming me sailing. I am excited for the video to come out the video will should be out on the 1st of June.

Behind the scenes
Available at your local NewsAgent soon ;)

Sunova Surfboards 
Dad and I got some pretty beautiful new boards ! Dad got a new SUP, and I got a new ShortBoard, I haven't gotten much powerful surf recently so I don't have many pictures of my new Surf Board in Action, Once I do I will post the pictures. The board is a amazing and so beautiful.
Big Thanks to Bert Burger for the boards. I defiantly recommend looking at their boards and reading about how Bert left FireWire Surfboards to makes these !

 The Chook Journal

During Easter The Piddens came to Kerry for Two weeks. Tom and Ollie Pidden made a video of their Sailing and Surfing over the two weeks (

Unfortunately I was having trouble with a re-occuring back injury which meant I couldn't take part in any of the sailing they got which sucked but thankfully i was still able to Surf

I haven't had that much sailing as of a re-ocurring back injury but luckily by the time of the National Geographic filming I was back to fitness.
A friend of ours Hans Beuh from Germany came and stayed with us for a week. I always love sailing with Hans, He always brings a smile and he pushes my sailing which is always good.
If only he didn't get in the way of pictures ;-) 

Brandon  Bay film by Magnus Kallin.

Look what you can make if you come here on holiday and no wind ! Well worth watching

New Camera

Dad and I recently bought a new 500mm Sigma Lens so we should be able to get better photos and films now having a better lens.

Thanks for reading !

Monday, April 18, 2016

Winter 2015/2016 Brandon Bay

Winter 2016 Pictures and Movie.

This is a brief overview of my Winter 2016, Mainly just pictures from time on the water, I am hoping to get back to posting blogs more regularly.

It has been a warm wet and windy winter which sounds great but being in such a exposed place when its windy it really gets very very windy, with the bay getting all the Atlantic winter swells it often a case of trying to find the place with the least swell and wind!.  Most of Brandon bay is beach breaks which after mast high become too expensive to sail ! For proper big waves we need to get on to the reefs which only work in northly winds which this winter North winds just did not happen.

Search and you will find

New Winter Sailing edit 

(watch in HD for better viewing)
Finn Mellon Winter 2016 from Finn Mellon on Vimeo.

Hopefully you enjoy this edit, I edited it myself and it was filmed with help from my Dad and my Soloshot 2.


Christmas in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura consisted of a lot of surfing and not a lot of Windsurfing !! No windsurfing for me to be exact ! Dad did a little better, with costly sail at at a wave called  Acid drops near Majanicho with big surf and not a lot of wind . He  destroyed a new 5m sail, + a Carbon boom and had a long swim home with what kid he had left.  Not that much Fun !!
The surf defiantly made up for the lack of wind ! Got tones of good waves, Not much Christmas presents but getting Christmas day tubes with no one else on the peak makes up for that, Only downside of that christmas day surf was snapping my board, but oh well, it made traveling home easier !

Smashing Christmas Day !

Santa tubes 

Niall sticking to flat water after trashing everything !


This winter was the first winter that I have been wave-sailing where we have been lucky enough to get a good spell of North Easterly Winds,This gave us the chance to Sail Cross of Mossies (doesn't happen often !) I have surfed Mossies many times but I have never been lucky enough to get a good Down The line sail there.My first two sessions at Mossies were very tricky as the wind was pretty light, very offshore and the Waves were firing ! light offshore wind makes it pretty tricky to get out through mast high+ hollow waves and the lack of a channel didn't help either ! After unsuccessfully trying to get out back for an hour I finally managed to get out, I managed to get 2 waves but they were pretty sick waves "Camera Man sadly happened to be on a "toilet brake" for the most of the two waves!"

No kit was harmed in the making of this picture !

A few days later I got another chance at mossies, This time it was a lot easier, Smaller Waves,Better wind direction and a channel to get out through ! Still was pretty light so I took out my biggest kit, An Old 5.4 sail and my 86 Litre Quatro Pyramid, It was epic ! I got main peak mossies all to myself for 2 hours.

Bigger than it looks !

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Autumn 2015 In Brandon Bay

Hello I apologise for not updating this blog recently as I have been doing a lot of school work and it wasn't helped by the fact this is my 3rd attempt due to problems with the blog not saving but hopefully this can fill you guys in on what i have been doing.  
Also if you would like more regular updates you can like my new Facebook page 
Thank you very much and enjoy.

September / Most of October
September and the majority of October was windless ! Both months without any rain, so it was like the summer we never had. With the lack of normal prevailing South Westerlies we had mainly either complete claim or Easterlies so that meant we got a lot of sick surf, Day after day of surfing !

Fun Surf before school ;)

Successful road tripping !

that wave is bigger than you think ;)

sadly Gopro footage really takes the size out of this big wave 

Irish Champions
Pretty stoked to be this years Irish youth Champion and also Am fleet champion ! And great have Dad(Niall) Coming 2nd in the overall championships
Im looking forward to competing against him soon ;) 
Niall using the K4 Harness Gopro Mount

 Sharing is caring

Eventually after all that surfing the wind had to come back, and it sure did ! 
The sailing we had was great fun mainly because of all the people sailing on the water. I love it when there are lots of other people on the water, I feel it makes everyone sail better and pushes the standard as you want to try and do better than your last wave to impress others watching.

*Geeky board bit*
This was my second sail on my 86 Litre Quatro Pyramid, So i was starting to understand it as it is a lot different to the previous Quatro boards. Its really good for those light wind sessions as it holds a lot of float around the centre of the board but once you get onto a wave and step back into the footstraps it becomes really loose and gives a very surfboard feel because it is so manoeuvrable. The back footstrap is very far back on the board, right onto of the fin to be precise, And this is what gives it such a surf like feel on the wave face.

pretty manoeuvrable for a big board ;)

You wont miss me and my bright kit

I recently got my Soloshot working and now that i have done that the results are sick ! both of these pictures came from screen grabs came from using the Soloshot. Its especially useful for me as generally when ever there is wind Dad and I both want to  be on the water and not sitting on the beach filming.

Quite Windy !!
November has arrived and with that it has brought lots of wind and the cold weather has also arrived ! 
My last 4 sails have been as follows 3.3 4.0 3.3 and 4.0 again, and we have had to not go sailing twice because it was just far too windy, This week we had a day that was even windier than the day the Red Bull Storm chase came here to Brandon Bay

Thanks for taking some of these pictures
Tim Smith from Ireland  On The wall  :
And to Nicolas Jones Photography

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