BIG WAVE SURFER - OCEAN ADVENTURER - BLACK BELT
Surf Exploration and Adventure
Al Mennie was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the height of the ‘Troubles’.
A time when gunfire, terror and bombing filled the streets.
Al found surfing on the northern coastline and was intrigued by a mysterious
island that seemed to appear then disappear on the horizon.
The spirit of adventure ignited within the young flame haired kid as he
became obsessed with what lay beyond the local shores.
Armed with battered sea charts and an old friends’ boat, Al ventured
across peat bogs, battled unruly Atlantic currents, and befriended
the wild west wind that so often invited itself along for the trip!
Like many surfers’ dream, Al was in search of
isolation, perfection, excitement, and most of all adventure.
Al became a pioneer of big wave surfing in Ireland and to this
day takes on exploration missions and charges gigantic waves at the now
famous big wave spots around the island and many more uncharted locations.
The monstrous swell of December 1st 2007 at Mullaghmore Head blew the door
open to opportunity. Before long awards and invites to events around
the world came in taking Al on a path to meet and compete against
those that inspired him.
Al became one of the original pioneering team at the
now infamous location of Nazare in Portugal, home to the biggest waves in the
world. Al was part of the team that worked with Garrett McNamara in 2010
which lead to Garrett securing the world record for the biggest wave ever surfed.
Often, under arm power alone, Al paddles far offshore in the
cold Irish winter to lonely sea mounts in search of adventure.
In Uncharted Surf, Al takes you with him, deep into the unknown.