Surfers Tight Lipped About Location Of 40ft Waves

Surfers have said weather conditions off the west coast of Ireland combined perfectly to create huge waves of up to 40 feet (12m) high yesterday.

One of the surfers, Andrew Cotton, from Devon in England, is photographed on the front of today's Irish Times. He says everything came together for the wave to happen.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Cotton said it the conditions were very rare.

He said the west coast is battered by a lot of big swells but yesterday there was no wind, which is very unusual.

All of those who travelled about 2km out to sea on boats and jet-skis experienced the thrill of surfing the wave.

Mr Cotton is recovering from knee surgery and is not supposed to be surfing at the moment. But when he heard that the wave might materialise on Sunday, he flew to Ireland. He says he feels very fortunate to have been able to ride the wave.

The wave has been named 'Prowlers' by surfers who first ventured out on it yesterday. The crew of six surfers are staying tight-lipped on the exact location of the wave.

IMAGE: Aaron Pierce