On this episode of The UK Surf Show we chat to Big Wave surfer Peter Conroy.
Not only did Peter have us in absolute stitches throughout most of this chat, his Irish story telling ability, sense of humour and colourful language all make for an absolute cracker of an episode.
Big Wave Surfer, Peter Conroy
Peter talks about Covid restrictions and how it affected his surfing ( or lack of) and how his journey in surfing starting as a swimmer and lifeguard has led him to surf some of the biggest and best waves in Ireland and around the world.
We discuss the joys of tow in surfing and what it feels like to take off on a massive wave and how big wave surfing separates the “men from the boys” and in his own words “you can tell how much they want it when they come back up”
Peter was born and raised close to Ennis in County Clare on Ireland’s west coast.
Peter Says he has always felt confident in the water as his background in swimming and lifesaving has made him a really strong swimmer which helps his confidence when taking a beating from a big waves
Peter says big waves now feel very comfortable surfing anything over 20ft. Peter’s full time work is as a fireman/paramedic in the Dublin Fire Brigade and from this you can tell for all his laughing and joking he takes safety and especially water safety extremely seriously.
When he’s not working or Spending time with his family he’ll be found driving all over the Ireland surfing.