Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ah yes my blog..... forgot about you!


Me leppin' about the place in Belmullet, Happy Bunny!

Ah well helloooooo there friends :-) So I've been a tad slack on the old blogging lark for a while now..... well 6 months really, my bad? Many many reasons really, mainly lack of wind over the summer but no excuses really, pretty less than average on my part, sorry!
Soooooo, where do I start?! I could probably type a short novel about the last 6 months, so much doing, but that wouldn't be much fun, I'm no Oscar Wilde and ye don't have all day..... so here, in a wee nutshell, is me from April - now, less words, I'll let the photos do the talkin'!.......... alrighty....

So I sat my medicine finals in April and became a doc, woohoo!
In May I got my new custom MOO board, just in time for the BWA Kerry contest, literally, it arrived off the ferry with Nigel Treacy and the first time I sailed it was in a heat...... hmmmm always a wise decision to sail brand new gear for the first time in a heat ;-) Needless to say, I sailed like a kook, not cos the board, which is SICK by the way (more on that later!), but cos I was sitting on my toosh for 9 months studying and not training! But the comp was sick, such banter in the gaff with the UK boys. Fairly roudy at times, many stories but what happens in Kerry stays in Kerry so I'll be keeping them to myself thank you very much! but it's not hard to imagine what kinda shinanigans were had with me, Muzza, Lampy, George, Adam, Mikey, Griffy, Nathan etc in one house, and in fairness Lampy counts as 2 people cos he's a GIANT! Anyhoo, I lost the womens to a very deserving and ripping Sarah Bibby who was charging after her year off. Here's a few piccies from the water/pub.....

                                          Me, Griffypoo, Clancy boy, Nathan and the Lamp!

Me and the champ Sarah B

How the Paddy's do a BBQ 

Sooooo then it was onto having the best friggin Summer of my life, trips to Barcelona, Portugal surfin and sailin, road trippin around Ireland and Europe, heaps of parties and a fair old squeeze of surfing and sailing and just general mighty craic.
One epic trip stands out when myself, Lampy Mikey Clancy and Griff hit up Magheroarty for a 40knot, 5m swell, 2 day session. Really started connecting with my MOO custom 74L and my new Simmer Black tips...... here's a taster......

Showing the Tea-Baggers how we pole-dancers do it ;-)

Completely STACKED on my 3.0m

Had a fair few more decent sessions round the usual Clare/West coast scene but no photos so won't bore u with words!
I guess the other major windsurfing news of the last few months is the bit of media coverage I've been getting, it's awesome that so many people, and women especially are interested in learning about different sports and getting out there and getting involved. Most of the interviews I did all took the angle of "women in sport" which I was hugely honored to be included in...... so here's a few snippets.....

Stellar Women's Magazine June 2011

The Sunday Independent

"Life" Magazine with Ireland's top surfer Richie Fitzgerald and Me

Connaught Tribune

A super nice write up from George Shillito in "BOARDS" magazine

Very privileged to share the same space with Nicole Morgan, Ireland's top female surfer in "GalwayNow" magazine

And that's that I guess...... Now more sailing photos...... and I just want to reiterate what an absolute HERO JON KENNET from MOO CUSTOM boards is.......... he has shaped my 2 quad fins, my 74L and my baby mini-moo 58L. I can without doubt say I have never sailed better in my life than I have on these boards and that's without even getting to train much, they are absolutely incredible!! Finally, as a girl I have boards that are custom shaped for my size and height and I don't have to sail like a douchebag anymore on production boards that are made for 90kg men. So God bless ya Jon Kennett! hahahaha! here's to a very long career together! MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

And then the last few piccies are from my most recent sessions. firstly from the hero and ripper Rob Jones who I shared a sweet sesh with down in Kerry a couple of weeks back..... rigged up in his and Rose's (also a total shredder!) front garden, sailed for hours in their back garden, then wolfed down some generous cups of tea, cheers guys, pair of ledgebags! Also thanks to Rob's dad for taking the shots......

Cheeky forward with my troll hair!

Backie attempt.....

And lastly we had the 2nd round of the IWA wave tour in Belmullet a few weeks back..... I won the ladies (never hard seeing as I'm the only chick :-( .... ) but didnt do too badly against the boyos either, made it to one semi final and came 7th overall in the men's pro fleet..... pretty chuffed with that! and came 6th overall in Cork in Round 1 so on my way to ranking bout 6th/7th overall if I can keep it up in the final round in November...... we'll see!

Belmullet IWA MOOOOOOOOOves!!

well now........ there ya have it in a not so small nutshell! Sorry for being a loser and not updating til now..... so many more stories and so much more banter I didnt get around to but I won't leave it as long again next time!!

So to finish, here's a video of me smacking myself silly trying to backflip at Blackrock this summer, nice commentary from my lil bro Peter!


CHAT SOON KIDS!!




Saturday, April 2, 2011

How do you like your goat?.... SIMMERED please!!

I'm in love I'm in love and I don't care who knows it!
Yessssssssssssss! So I'm now officially sponsored by SIMMER SAILS!! 
Woohoo! I'm ridiculously excited, Farrel O'Shea hooked me up with a new quiver of Black Tips Simmer Sails, a 3.0, 3.6, 4.2 and 4.8,  and they are pimpin.
So despite my windsurfing lockdown I went for a cheeky trial run yesterday, holy shit, the Black Tips ROCK! I swear they are so light but so powerful........like a Shetland pony! hahahaha! I am officially in love with them. Now I just gotta get my Moo's now and I'll be sorted mate :) Boom!
This little fellar rocked up at Rusheen yesterday...... not quite the symbolic Moo cow I was looking for but feck it, close enough! Any good recipes for a goat pie anyone?! Nomnomnomnomnom hahahaha!



Friday, March 25, 2011

MOOOOO! Bit O' Fuerte, DanDan goes ByeBye and Katie goes INSANE!

Hiya kids!
Alas it's been a while, my bad! But in fairness it's been a slow few weeks. So let's start with the big news....... just got sponsored by MOO CUSTOM BOARDS!!

The first heifer on the Moo Crew, got milk?! HAHAHAHA! So excited about it! Jon (the legend) Kennett is shaping me 2 dream boards, 58L and 73L quad fins. His innovative shapes and designs are really starting to turn heads on the water with the likes of Dan Gardner, Steve Thorp and Steve King all ripping it up on them. It's been a huge decision for me to change board sponsor as the crew at Bigsurf.ie were incredibly supportive to me and have helped me progress so much over the last 2 years. But it came down to the fact that I just needed boards that were made for my weight, height and standard. So I'd like to say a huge thank you to Pearse and Kathryn for all their support and wish them every success in the future (check out www.bigsurf.ie for all your watersports needs!)
And so that's where MOO came in! Jon's shaping me up my 2 babies as we speak, I canny wait to get them. I'll post up pics as soon as they arrive. In terms of sail sponsors I've got myself an EPIC! new sponsor...... but that will have to wait for a later post.... hahahahaha!
Ok so, I hit up Fuerte with the mothership a couple of weeks back. It coincided with the Fuerte wave classic which was sweet to catch up with my mate Mikey Clancy who has made an amazing recovery from his injury to his ankle which he sustained in Tiree in '09......... I still blame myself for that one Mikey!...... long story but the poor kid bust himself up bad and got minus sympathy from yours truly, I told him to suck it up, then freaked out cos he made me drive his van on the 24hour trip home all the while telling him he was totally fine and his ankle would be grand..... woopsies, sorry mate! I promise when I graduate as a doc I'll build you a new ankle!! So in 4 days on Fuerte I sailed twice, surfed (badly!!) twice and ate and drank my body weight in Buffet food and beer with my total hero legend of a Mum! Happy days. Here's a few shots taken by Mikey Clancy Sr. (a total gentleman). Pretty Micro-shred conditions but a bit of fun.
 
Great Ole Craic!
So other than Fuerte and one or 2 other sweet sessions down in Clare, that's been it for me really :(
I'm soooooooooo frustrated by my life at the moment. I know you have to have the crap times to appreciate the good ones but I just miss being on the water. I have 5 weeks to go til I'm finished being a student FOREVER which is amazing but right now with the sun beating down outside 5 weeks feels like a lifetime away. But I need to suck it up, grow a pair and just ignore the sun, surf reports, windguru etc and try and get the best darn degree I can! I'm just really nervous about the comps in May, there's an Irish and British comp in Kerry at the start of that month. I won the Brisitsh event last year and am dying to hold onto my title but seeing as I haven't trained at all :( :( and I won't get to tune up my new gear at all before I compete, chances are I'm going to sail like a total BARNEY! But then I guess I'd rather sail like a Barney than not sail at all :) Bring on MAY and the ceremonious burning of my books and white student doctors coat! 
Also on a bum note is my mate Dan G is going to Ozzy Land next week. What a douchebag! He's my favourite sailing buddy and now my dairy team mate. But he's gonna have an awesome time, all those Bogan Utes and pints of Emu and meat pies, he'll fit right in .... We had a send off for him on Paddy's Day last week down in Kerry, twas flippin epic! Here's some piccies of the Guinness fuelled madness......We'll miss ya DanPants!
So just leaving the sunny warmth of my garden now to hole myself back up at my desk. Just been listening to Bon Iver tunage, brings me straight back to Maui everytime I listen to it..... and with the sun beating down on me this afternoon I almost felt like I was back on Camp One, chilling and waiting to go for a sick sail and come home to a gormet Neilo and Sam meal........ I'll be there soon, miss you guys! Looks like it's epic there at the mo, with the UK guys like Muzza and Sarah Bibby ripping!
Enjoy the tune...








Monday, February 7, 2011

I gots the Brain Pain! Oof it's a deep,deep burn!

Alrighty then.... where to start! Last week was fairly epic. A gigantor swell hit the west coast along with some gale force winds and a bucket loada rain. So I reckon unless you're a windsurfer, kiter, surfer or a duck, you won't have enjoyed it, but we sure did!! Made the rookie mistake of filming Dan G at our fav spot down in Clare for the first 45 mins of the session on Thurs, so while he ripped it up on some juicy logo-high waves and I played James Cameron, the wind picked up a stink to gusting about 50 knots which killed the swell and destroyed any chances I had of catching a wave. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! I was proper angry! But then Brian McD ventured out and got equally as nailed as I did and that put the smile right back on my face! hahahahaha!
Then it was off for the mammoth road trip down to Cork boy for the first IWA event of the year. Ronan McG, Dan G and I cruised down in Ronan's pimped new van, and somewhere between wetting ourselves with giggles, heading half-way to Dublin (not blaming anyone......RONAN!!), and hanging our heads out the window to escape the wrath of Dan's bowels, we made it down in time for the comp.
Photo from BWA Kerry event
We sailed at Coolmaine, not a bad ould spot, with cross-on starboard tack conditions and some peachy ramps to launch off. The 1st comp was the "big-air" which was basically aimed at kamakaze style air-time, no loops, no pushies, nothing but pure air. No doubt it was some spectacle to watch, everyone was on such a high (ooof bad pun Katie!) after it and Dan G took the win for his monster jump out the back.
Then there was the Expression Session in which everyone sailed like a loony-bin on sails about 4.0-4.7m. I was on my 4.2..... bad call cos I was way over-powered! but I threw my first proper end-over forward. It felt SICK! best rotation I ever did. But over-rotated and whip-lashed my head off my gear. I reckon I bruised my poor brain, I've had a headache and felt nauseous since but all in the name of entertaining the masses I guess! HAHAHA! Turns out Oisin Van G won that session with some epic jumping and loops.
So we trundeled off to the BandB in Clonakilty and the land lady was mad after a bit of Ronan's     dust, sure he only loved it! Then an epic dinner, which I've attached a pic of, the only photo I took all weekend, how LAME! But what's more lame is Dan and Ronan trying to pull off the gay-lovers look with their matching sophisticated jumpers and red wines, I had to man up for all of us and order a beer, proper order!!
Next day, and with the feeling like we'd all been in a car crash, we hit the beach for the comp. I won't go through it blow for blow (cos sure that's only boring!).... so quick synopsis: Pearse (and judges Maurice+Dave) ran a blinder of an event, the legend Rob Jones made a cameo appearance fresh home from Chile but bust his ankle so had to act as beach master for the day (hats off to him), everyone sailed class, especially rookie Ryan O'Leary who blazed through to the final, Mark K bust his sail doing a pushie, Dan G bust his mast and had me doing a search and rescue Titanic-style looking for him in the bay, I made it to the semi-finals (I sailed like a kook in 2 of my heats, really need to practice my cross-on riding, but went for forwards in all my heats, just to cement in the brain damage! and I beat a few of the boys on the way..... beaten by a girl hahahahaha!!).
Oisin Van G took 1st, Marky Mark 2nd, Ryan (young gun) O'Leary 3rd. I won the ladies (and think I came maybe 9th against the boys in the pro fleet, yeeeew!). Amazing turn out by the Silver Fleet too, good on ye!
WOW that was looooong. Sorry if I lost you at hello! So I'm off to Fuerte tomorrow, Can't WAIT! I'll keep ye posted.
Also 2 bits of news: 1) I changed my sail number to IR091 (representing for the Galway kids!)
2) I've some amazing NEW SPONSORS! Can't say much yet but stay tuned.

Monday, January 24, 2011

FLOWtastic!

Random old piccie from Belmullet comp '09
Hey Hey!
So had 2 sweet sessions in the last week. Last Saturday myself and my windsurfing buddies, Dan G, Mark Killeen and Brian McD (beach telegraph master!) scored a sick session at our favourite reef break. Logo to mast, and about 30knots cross-shore..... we were pretty happy campers! Despite me nearly getting my head chopped off by a kiter (and rightly so.... I dropped in on him twice, oops, my bad?!) and getting the stink eye from local angry surfers (here's a tip guys..... don't surf when it's 30knots or else pick up a wind sport, you do live on the west coast of ireland after all so try changing it up a bit, you know like surf when its surfable, windsurf/kite when there's wind..... just a thought).
Then had a sweet SUP session in lahinch on friday, sun was beating down, the sea was about 10degrees and there were only 4 of us out there (including Brian McD, local at this stage! who had to surf "prone" as he put it cos he smashed up his SUP during a great session on Thurs at his fav reef break...... so gutted I missed that one but I guess I can't make a total joke of my medical degree and skive off everyday!). After my session I really randomly met 2 americans in the parking lot, we got talking and turns out they're from Maui!! and live in Haiku! So we'd a good natter about all the crew on Maui and they made me all nostalgic, I need a trip back there soon! We aslo got chatting about Aileens (which broke on Thurs) and jaws which has been firing on Maui lately, some amazing photos in circulation at the mo,check out the one I attached below (don't know who to credit for it).
So now it's flat and calm for the next week and the library beckons. Shit buzz! If you have a free second check out a wee "tip" I sent Amy Carter at FLOW (for ladies of windsurfing) about gear and rigs. http://www.flowindsurfing.com/
I really admire what she's doing with FLOW, she's super passionate about promoting women in windsurfing and I've no doubt her FLOW revolution will keep going from stregnth to stregnth.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dust off your gear, it's comp time!

WOOP! Time to kick off the 2011 Irish IWA Wave tour with the 1st stop bringing us back to the people's republic of Cork. Link = Bigsurf.ie 1st IWA wave event
Organised by the www.bigsurf.ie crew (my awesome sponsors!) it's promising to be a cracking event. Really looking forward to catching up with everyone, it's been a long lonely winter out there sailing without ye! Bigsurf have it set up to cater for all levels, from "intro to wave" coaching sessions to the BigAir jump-off.
I'll be there to lend a hand with the coaching, so dust off any gear you have and come to Cork to give wavesailing a shot..... we all started somewhere...... honestly my 1st few events I remember being judged on how long I stayed up for! not my wave catching..... I think I peaked at 30 secs before a set took me out.... great craic! So seriously, if there's even the tiniest part of you that wants to try it out, PLEASE come along!
And so starts the 2011 calendar. I'm really excited about this year's tour and the UK events have just been announced by the BWA. I plan to go to most of the UK events this year, I need to retain my BWA title from Kerry and hopefully take a few more wins on UK turf. But it won't be easy, the UK girls will be out in force this year, especially the likes of Sarah Bibby, who's been training hard all Winter in Brazil and is ripping, and also my usual rival, Louise Emery who's a sick waverider and will no doubt be out in fighting form again in 2011.
I've a good feeling about this year, just 4 more months to go and I'll be a qualified doctor (lock up your kids quick!), and then I'll finally have a bit more time to focus on my windsurfing. I hope to hit up the canaries for a couple of weeks of training this Summer and start getting much more water time back here at home. My ultimate aim is to do a PWA event, whether that's this year (by the way the tour looks sick! just announced yesterday PWA Tour 2011 with new stops in the Caribbean and Tenerife), or in 2012, I will definitely do one, I just want my jumping to be up to scratch first.
But for now I'm only looking as far as this weekend which right now is looking SWEET!! West coast Forecast So see ye on the water!! 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Born with a face for Radio!

So, been back to Uni for a week now....grumble grumble :( but on the bright side only 4 months to go and I'm gonzo! Had a gas weekend, ended up doing an interview on RTE Radio 1's Saturday Sport show with the legend Marty Morissey. I headed up to Dublin (my least fav place in the world!) and went to the RTE studios and somewhere in between the FA Cup results and the "outlook to Chelenham Races" sections, Marty managed to slot me in for a wee chat about the old windsurfing.

It was such a wicked experience! I know Marty from my Mum's hometown of Quilty in West Clare and I gave him a heads-up on where to go and what to see and do on his recent trip to Maui (my 2nd fav place in the world!). He ended up having an amazing trip and now loves the place as much as I do. When he got back he really kindly invited me to come on his really popular Saturday Sport show and spread the love for Irish windsurfing. T'was a fairly random interview but good and light-hearted and kept me on my toes!
A massive thank-you to Marty and Ger and the producer Robbie Irwin for giving me the opportunity, it was a very unique and rare chance to spread the love of our very unique sport.
I've attached a link to the podcast so follow it and then on the right hand side bar of the page you'll see a link to my interview, so have a listen if you missed it on Sat! RTE Radio 1 interview
So now, back to the books :( but keeping a very close eye on the forecast for this weekend here on the West Coast, it's gonna fire! Check it out! Surf report for my home spot!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Learning to Loop (and getting my ass kicked!)



Another old video from Summer '09 when I spent some time in Fuerte. Took a fair ass kicking! Have a good giggle at the pain!
Katie McAnena looping in Fuerte! from Katie McAnena on Vimeo.

Fanore Video



Here's a quick video from Feb '10 at my local spot in Fanore Co. Clare with myself, Dan Gardner and Pat Kavanagh. Not the best quality..... and not the best sailing either....hahahaha! But enjoy!
A couple of kooks hit Fanore! from Katie McAnena on Vimeo.

Welcome!! (and no man is an island)

Hiya! Well I thought I'd jump on the old blog bandwaggon and use it to keep ye posted on my windsurfing sessions and the likes. I'll try and post up photos and videos from my local and foreign adventures so stay tuned! I've so may random tales of windsurfing, not sure where I'll start....... I guess Happy New Year to everyone would be good. I had an incredible Christmas break from uni, Santa/the wind and wave gods smiled on me kindly and I got 2 sweet cross-off sailing sessions in Fanore and then day after day of SUP surfing in Co.Clare, I'm pooped now! Back to school tomorrow..... but always with one eye on the forecast.... I've never made a real New Years resolution, I'm just not good at them, they feel like a ball and chain around your ankle and by the 7th of January then I just quit anyways. But sitting around with my mates with a hot bowl of chowder (after a 0degree celcius surf yesterday) I came up with, not exactly a resolution for next year but a theme... or a general state of mind..... "No man is an island". Take from it what you think, but I know what it means to me :)