Cliffs Of Insanity: A Winter On Ireland's Big Waves Paperback – 27 Sep 2012
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The book is probably just the right length, got to tell all the surfers stories but finished just before they all started to repeat each other too much. This caught my eye after reading 'House of Pain', Duggan's book on Mayo football. Two polar opposite subject matters but two great books.
Women surf. In the world & in Ireland. But to read Keith Duggan's book you would not know this. Maybe HE does not know this. It's a pretty ridiculous omission considering Easky Britton does tow in surfing. Granted they are not in the majority when it comes to big wave surfing or major players on that Lahinch stretch. But don't write a book that leaves out a half the population.
He did a bit of a brief history of surfing in Ireland & that would have been a good opportunity to throw in a least one sentence regarding women's place in the sport. Especially in Ireland where we have the chance to get every child surfing from as young an age as possible. If both girls & boys see older kids enjoy & succeed in competitions (if they want to) they will know they can do it too.
It is only on the second last page that Duggan lets a comment about female surfers in to the book . John McCarthy makes reference to girls in the sport, talking about children catching a wave (or the wonderful idea of the wave catching them). It's his business to know what's happening in surfing & thankfully he has his eyes wide open.
It was an interesting book on a pretty specific subject. Big waves & Clare. But size isn't everything & it got a bit tedious. The surfers are each quite interesting in their motivation for surfing these life threatening domestic waves & that keeps you going.