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Al Menni starts a run along a barrelling wave in Portrush

Al Menni starts a run along a barrelling wave in Portrush

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Al Mennie

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Al Mennie and fiancee Sara O'Neill after Al's proposal in a candlelit cave

Al Mennie and fiancee Sara O'Neill after Al's proposal in a candlelit cave

Surfer Al Mennie at his home beach of Castlerock

Surfer Al Mennie at his home beach of Castlerock

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Al Mennie

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Al Mennie on the beach

Al Mennie on the beach

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Al Mennie with fiancee Sara O'Neill and dog Blyton

Al Mennie with fiancee Sara O'Neill and dog Blyton

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Al Mennie

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Al Mennie

Al Mennie

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Al Menni starts a run along a barrelling wave in Portrush

For a man who travels the globe, in search of adventure and big ocean waves, Al Mennie admits that this past year has been very, very strange. The 40-year-old author and professional surfer has stayed put in Northern Ireland since last March, but surprisingly for a man who has spent his adult life discovering and riding the world’s most challenging waves, he hasn’t minded one bit.

It’s been really weird,” he says from his home in Castlerock. “I haven’t done any travelling at all. I can’t even remember the last time I crossed the border.


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