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Show FeaturesEaskey Britton XXL Awards Nominee Interview

Posted by Admin on Thursday 31st March, 2011 @ 21:17 GMT
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This week saw the nominations for the annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards. Flying the flag for Ireland and the girls was Easkey Britton, nominated for her monster ride at Mullaghmore recently. We caught up with Easkey to find out how stoked she was when she found out, plus whether she'll make it down the famous 'Blue Carpet'...
A1Surf: How did it feel when you found out you'd been nominated for the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards?

Easkey: Crazy, always been so impressed and inspired by the XXL nominees and the limits they push every year, so to be in there next to the hottest names in big wave surfing is pretty unreal!

A1Surf: And how did you feel to be included with the likes of Keala Kennelly and Mayo Gabeira?

Easkey: They're big heroes of mine. I love how passionate they are about their surfing and pushing women's surfing, out there in hell waves. Maya and KK's sessions at Teahupoo really got me fired up. Keala especially has always been vocal on women's issues and I admire her big time for that.

A1Surf: Are you able to make it across for the ceremony in California at the end of April?

Easkey: I really hope so. I'm seriously lacking in the funds and have been trawling the internet looking for flights, feel like Cinderella trying to get to the ball! But don't think I can miss the opportunity to glam it up on the 'blue' red carpet!

A1Surf: If you won the $5,000 what would you spend it on?

Easkey: I'd have to put it in the kitty and bank it for a day when a big red swell starts to form in some far away ocean, and chase it!

A1Surf: This winter has seen Ireland PUMP and you've been scoring at Mullaghmore. What's it been like for you?

Click to view full imageEaskey: This winter has given everyone the opportunity to really step it up because there have been so many epic days. And having our first tow surf event at Mullaghmore with some of the International guys come over and see everyone buzzing and learning from each other. The level of surfing went up a whole notch in one session. And it's the first time I've really felt like I belong, this is what I want, what I love. Even if it's crazy at times.

A1Surf: How is it in the lineup when you're outnumbered by the boys or are you just 'one of the boys'?

Easkey: It is just like I'm one of the crew. My tow partner is my cousin Neil, everyone works well together and looks out for each other. I don't get any easy breaks and pull my weight just the same. It's much more of a team thing, being in the big wave arena.

A1Surf: What are your plans for 2011?

Easkey: The season is starting to quiet down a little here. I'm busy doing research for my PhD and will be in Sri Lanka in June to work on a marine ecosystems and human wellbeing project. After that it would be nice to get some experience in big waves in International waters...keep an eye on the charts and see what the swell does Would love to get back to Hawaii for some more training next winter too.

A1Surf: Is there anyone you want to give a shout out to?

Easkey: My tow partner Neil for putting me on those Monsters! My Mum and Dad for not totally freaking and supporting me through everything. My sister Beckey-Finn and Roo McCrudden for capturing all the action. And all the crew who've got my back!

Easkey's nominated wave from the Mullaghmore Tow-In Contest...

Video from Bexter Productions

You can keep up-to-date with what Easkey's up to on her website.

Photos (c) NC Britton
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