A clear sunny day greeted the professional wave sailors today, the first day of the PWA Ireland Wave 2001 Grand Prix, but a light breeze prevented the competitors from getting on the water in the morning.
By mid afternoon, the skies were threatening rain and the cross-shore northerly wind had picked up sufficiently for some of the sailors to get out on the water. As the tide pushed in, the waves improved but inconsistent winds meant the competition would not go ahead today. Nevertheless, this gave the competitors an opportunity to acclimatise to the local conditions, check their gear and have a blast in the Irish waters!
The atmosphere on the beach was relaxed with competitors and spectators mingling and swapping ideas on how they thought the weather would progress. Nik Baker and the Moreno twins looked to be enjoying themselves taking photographs of each other and socialising with fellow competitors and friends. Bjorn Dunkerbeck looked calm and serious behind his sunglasses, contemplating how, if at all, the weather may change.
Oisin Van Gelderen, one of the Irish wildcard entrants said, " I'm looking forward to the competition beginning as I've got all this adrenaline pumping and want to get going. Last year I was drawn up against Robby Naish in the first heat of the first round, what an honour, but really I had no chance. This year Naish isn't here so who knows…...?"
Brandon Bay on the Dingle Peninsula in the South West of Ireland is considered as one of the best windsurfing spots in Europe, although the weather in this area is such that conditions can change dramatically within a very short space of time.
With the next few days forecast as light winds, the sailors will have time to see the real beauty of this area and check out the local bars and eateries.