Irish surfer Ollie O’Flaherty is in the running for one of big wave surfing’s most prestigious awards for his ride on a monster Co. Sligo wave last month.
O’Flaherty, who comes from Lahinch, Co Clare, has been nominated in the Biggest Wave category of the Billabong XXL 2012 contest for a wave he rode at Mullaghmore Head, just 10 minutes from Bundoran, on March 8th. The category carries a $15,000 prize.
O’Flaherty, who helps fund his surfing by giving lessons, said he was trying to get sponsorship to cover flights and accommodation so he can represent Ireland at the awards ceremony. The 24 year old surfer, who has suffered multiple injuries including a broken leg, a dislocated ankle and torn ligaments in pursuit of his passion, also believes the award would help boost Ireland’s reputation as an international surf destination.
Devon-based surfer Andrew Cotton was also nominated for a wave he caught at Mullaghmore on the same day.
The winners will be announced at the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards party at the Grove Theatre in Anaheim, California on May 4th.