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Gabe Davies wins ‘Best Surfer’ at ‘La Vaca Gigante III’ BIG WAVE Invitational Event

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

lavacacrwdSunshine, strong offshore winds and a 4-metre (15ft) swell greeted the 15 competitors and hundreds of spectators, who lined the clifftops at this winter’s ‘La Vaca Gigante III’ big wave event on Saturday the 14th Nov.  The spot ‘La Vaca’ or ‘The Cow’ breaks 400m out to sea, off a rocky coastline beside a rural Cantabrian cattle finca.  The cliff-lined surf spot is far from inviting, but allows spectators a gladiator style view of the proceedings.  Armed with surfboards up to 12′6″ in length, the invited surfers decided to compete in a four-hour final.

The individual ‘Biggest Wave’ prize was given to Michel Velasco.   But was closely challenged by surfers such as David Echague and Asier Muniain.   This year it was Dani Pablos who took the ‘Worst Wipe-out’ award, after falling on a spectacular wave.  Whilst French Surfer Pilou Ducalme perhaps had the most harrowing of moments.  After taking a lefthander, Pilou ending up getting washed directly into the cliffs below the spectators.  He kept his cool and just edged around the rocks and into the channel, narrowly avoiding disaster.  He received huge cheers from the worried spectators, once he exited the danger zone unscathed.

lavacafinalistsWhen the results were announced in ascending order, it was British Quiksilver and Gravis surfer Gabe Davies who rode a series of solid sets successfully and claimed the ‘Best Surfer’ first prize.  The judges decided Gabe took off deeply and critically enough on a series of solid set waves to claim the top prize.   “I was stoked just to get an invite to the ‘La Vaca Gigante III’ Event and to surf alongside such respected surfers,” he said.  ”Coming here for the first time was never about competition for me, its more like a celebration of surfing and an event which shows respect to all those surfers who continue to push themselves and the sport in ever more challenging situations.   This wasn’t the biggest that ‘La Vaca’ has been surfed, but it remains a challenging wave worthy of respect.  You have to commit to paddling into the deep-water take off.  It has massive power behind it.

Thanks to my sponsors  Quiksilver and Gravis.  Big thanks to event organisers Oscar and Pedro and all the competitors.


The event was sponsored by Quiksilver and presented by Redbull.

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DVD pre-order competition winner!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Congratulations to Frank Butler from Rosscahill, Co. Galway who has won a fantastic BIC surfboard for pre-ordering Waveriders on our DVD page. Well done Frank - Enjoy!

Waveriders wins at the Surfer Poll Awards!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

WAVERIDERS has won the prestigious Best Documentary Award at the 2009 SURFER POLL & VIDEO AWARDS. The annual event, often coined the “Academy Awards of Surfing”, honours the pinnacle of surf culture and according to “is unquestionably the surf world’s biggest night out”.

The top Video Awards were selected by a jury of surf film experts including major surf filmmakers, World Champion surfers, members of the SURFER Magazine editorial staff, and additional respected industry leaders. Speaking about the award, the Jury commented that WAVERIDERS take on the surf culture from an Irish perspective was “the most gripping and artful story of the bunch”.

Producer Margo Harkin said of the win “It was pure joy watching Joel’s face last night as he picked up Best Documentary in the Surfer Poll Awards in California. This is just huge for us as America is hard to crack in any film genre and this award automatically brings our film to a much wider audience around the world. It’s another great day for Irish filmmaking talent.”

Are you going to Electric Picnic?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

If you feel like a break from the music this weekend, make sure to check out the Electric Picnic cinema and catch Waveriders at 11.14 on Sunday. More details at

The Globetrotting continues…. NYC, here we come!

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Waveriders will screen as part of the New York Surf Film Festival in the Tribeca Cinemas, New York on Friday 25 September at 10pm. Director Joel Conroy will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening. See for further details.

Waveriders at the Los Angeles Irish film festival

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

WAVERIDERS is screening in Santa Monica, California as part of the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival. The screening will take place on Saturday 26 September 2009 in the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street. Director Joel Conroy will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.

Head on over to for more details!

Richie Fitzgerald on Today FM!

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Tune into the the Tony Fenton show today at 4pm to hear Richie and enter the competition for a Ripcurl wetsuit!

Today FM

Waveriders DVD launch party at Surfworld!

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Surfworld Surf Shop in Bundoran are having a Waveriders DVD launch party this weekend.  Drop by the shop on Saturday August 8th from 2pm onwards for giveaways, live music and a free goody bag with every DVD purchase!

You can also get your dvd online from Surfworld at

Enjoy the party!

Update: The Surfworld party was a great success - check out the pictures in the photostream

Let The Games Begin

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Sat 2 – Tue 30 June
Let the Games Begin is a Watershed season, part of RELAYS, a programme of linked cultural and sporting opportunities across the South West which marks one of the regional contributions to the forthcoming 2012 Olympiad in London. Waveriders is delighted to be part of this season. Let the Games Begin invites everyone to reflect on sport’s cultural and social significance. Initially, sport and culture might not seem the most obvious of companions. The classic division is ‘arty’ types go see art whilst ‘sporty’ types do sport, but it is our intention to challenge these assumptions and explore the richness created when these two worlds do come together.  This season of films, talks and games celebrates the creativity inherent in play, and the playfulness inherent in creativity.

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St Jean De Luz Film Festival

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Waveriders played at the St Jean De Luz film festival on Wednesday, thanks to the 200 + crowd for the incredible response.

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