Chasing the biggest waves in the world... in Ireland

In a top secret location somewhere off the west coast of Ireland one surfer chased one of the biggest waves in the world.

Alistair Mennie, from Portrush took advantage of the gale force conditions on Monday to ride one of the biggest waves in the world, and he and his friends caught the whole thing on film.

Mr Mennie, who wants to keep the location to himself, said it was an exhilarating experience.

Alistair Mennie's friend filmed him riding one of the biggest waves in the world.

"It is incredible, catching one of these waves is just overwhelming, you feel a real sense of success riding one of them," he said.

"The waves on Monday were in the region of 50ft which is massive, we're talking nine or 10 times the size of your average person.

"Obviously you do get scared every time you surf a wave like that but it's about learning to control the fear and using it to really push yourself," Mr Mennie added.

Mr Mennie who has surfed and competed all over the world said he was remaining tight-lipped over the location he used.

"We've put a lot of time in searching the coast and watching the weather, so now we know the best places it's all about being there when the conditions are right.

"The place we were at on Monday is as good as it gets," he added.

"Hawaii used to be the wave mecca around the world, but now we've got three or four big wave locations in the country and this wave spot here is one of the best in the world."

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