If you have been in Europe recently you would have noticed the wintery weather with cold temperatures, snow and for us living in Ireland lots of easterly wind. This makes Dublin Bay a perfect location for downwind paddling. Downwinding is almost a separate sport in the whole of stand up paddle boarding scene and was made popular by the Hawaiians paddling from Island to Island using the trade winds which produce long ocean swells or as paddelers like to call them ‘bumps and runners’ . Similar to Hawaii the cold easterly wind travels over the Irish sea and brings this long ocean swell into Dublin Bay.
Downwinding has one fatal consequence its all about paddling from one location to another down wind so you need to work out the logistics of getting around dropping off cars at the finish location and then trying to get a lift to the start location. I am fortunate enough to have my Dad the dedicated driver and photographer who drives around while we have the fun of our lives gliding across the ocean.
The combination of wind, swell and tide make every bump different and learning to read them is always a challenge. Ireland as a location for this is perfect with a unlimited supply of wind and costal waters.
The forecast for the next few days looks like the prevailing southerly wind is returning and back to the standard mild winter that we have come to love. I have been looking at the charts for the west coast and it looks like another huge swell to come this weekend and lots of wind with it.