In Chapter Three of Made In Ireland, we meet the expats who left home to live amid the foul weather and epic waves of Ireland, and who’ve helped put Irish big-wave surfing on the map.
“There are very few people who will endure that kind of hardship,” Irish surfer Conor Maguire says of his mates who uprooted from their homelands to live in Ireland and surf its big, burly waves.
Two of the hearty souls Maguire’s talking about are South African Barry Mottershead and Australian Noah Lane. Both men came to Ireland as surf tourists, but couldn’t seem to bring themselves to board the plane back home.
As filmmaker Mikey Corker zeroed in on the final episode of his short documentary, Made In Ireland, he wanted to get inside the minds of Mottershead and Lane to understand why, and how, they’ve become two of Ireland’s most diehard big-wave surfers.
Corker dug even deeper than that, though. Along with Mottershead and Lane, he explored what it means to be a big-wave surfer in Ireland today, with native chargers like Maguire, Peter Conroy, and Seamus ‘Shambles’ McGoldrick.
Surf fans in Ireland and beyond have already been raving about this installment of Made In so do yourself a favor and go back and watch Episode 1 and Episode 2 before tuning into this incredible finale.