Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Surfer Justine Dupont and Aileen's Wave in Ireland

On Sunday Frenchwoman Justine Dupont joined the tiny number of people who've surfed Aileens Wave in the west of Ireland. It crashes in under the Cliffs of Moher climbing up to 12 metres on its way as you can see in the video below.

A note with the video says: "The swell came courtesy of Hurricane Rafael, a fast moving system which shot a powerful beam of condensed swell in an arc around the Atlantic basin. The 21-year-old World Tour surfer travelled with the Billabong Adventure Division from her home in Lacanau, France to surf the big-wave spot.

In the over-subscribed and unquantifiable "best ever" category, this barrel has got to rank up there in pure heft with any tube ridden by a female surfer in Europe.

"That was an amazing day of surfing," Dupont said afterwards. "It was more than a session, it was a mission. From getting smashed paddling out to surfing that perfect beautiful wave, it was a day I’ll never forget."


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Armageddon Muay Thai fight night in Dublin

PICTURE: thanks to Ces the Day

Tonight is the night. If you're in Dublin, you need to be at the Red Cow Convention Centre for the Armageddon Fights!

Along with some fab men's fights including an Irish and European title we have Ferial 'Felix' Ameeroedien and Kelly Creegan taking on opponents from Holland and Wales.

Listen below for some thoughts on how the night will go:

This was made for Dublin radio station NearFm for the Sports Local Live programme.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Caley Reece defends world title and retires

It's all over for one of the best MuayThai fighters around  - last night Caley Reece of Riddler's Gy,m in Perth defended her world title and retired.

Reece with a record of 38 wins from 43 fights is one of the women redefining what women's boxing means. It's not enough anymore to just fight, you have to be good, really good. And that has been so exciting to watch.

I'm sad she's retired (yes, cause it makes me feel old now when I think of all the people I trained with and know most of them are gone now along with my lazy ass) but she's going to be a great trainer. And I'm sure we will see many more women coming out of Western Australia inspired by her.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Great women's sports blogs you need to read

When you start blogging people tell you it will take over your free-time. What I didn't expect was how compelling reading other people's blogs would be. So it's that time again - sharing the Blog Karma with some of my favourite reads.

MuayThai on the Brain 

This is a new blog but already showing great promise. Melissa Ray is the blogger, you've read interviews with her on my blog, most recently when she retired from her Muay Thai career. As the Englishwoman says on the blog she has four World Titles from 41 fights and a Phd in neuroscience. So if anyone is ready to write posts on the addictive nature of boxing and explain it all to the layperson, Ray is the one.

Spikes and Heels 

These posts cover Gravity Yoga, shoe reviews and anything in-between connected to running. Tagged as 'the fitness site for badass women' the bloggers are looking to smash that idea of sport as just being to lose weight. So yes, I love it. Take a look at the 'Street Athlete' section for some serious inspiration from runners, Capoeira teachers and martial artists.

Coven Magazine

Ok, this  isn't a blog but it's a great read. Interviews with climbers and skaters, practical tips on hydration, sports festival previews - this British mag has a lot to offer. And lots of gear reviews from women who have really hit the trails or climbed that mountain. Only click on this if you have lots of time to spare!

Girls, Girls, Girls at Red Bull

I've given this company's print magazine - Red Bulletin - lots of comment for their lack of female athletes or respectful coverage of same. But the online version is doing much better lately - regular slots on action stars from skating, BMX and motocross.

The Pugilista

I found this blog while reading another favourite - The Glowing Edge. Blogger L.A. is a coach with the American boxing team and owns an MMA gym in Colorado. From product reviews to reasons why women should fight, the blog ranges over all the combat sports. And of course interviews with people like Julie Kitchen. I was excited to see this morning that she is also writing a book.

If you see any other good blogs or mags on women's sport, let me know!