Rahma becomes first Emirati to surf world famous wave at Mullaghmore

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UAE surfer Mo Rahma became the first Emirati to tackle the world renowned Mullaghmore wave in Ireland.

The 29-year-old pro surfer from Dubai, who is currently working with Etihad Airways in Dublin, rode the gruelling 30ft wave in County Sligo recently.

Situated in the west of Ireland, the infamous wave has attracted some of the biggest surfers in the world over the last five years.

And with Mo away from the warm shores of the UAE, he finally had the chance to test out Ireland’s premier big-wave surfing location.


“I was sitting in the channel watching the pros shred and having few wipe outs I was even more scared. But my heart was pumping and the rush was just going through my body,” said Rahma.








“When my turn came my mind just went blank and my heart raced faster and the smile on face didn’t leave my face six days after. It was the most amazing feeling and experience in my life.


“On my first wave I wiped out and it was painful but the second and third wave I rode all the way out, and now I’m super pumped and can’t wait for the next big swell at Mully.”


Mullaghmore has long been a hot-spot for so many of Europe’s big wave surfers, but for those outside of the sport, it is difficult to comprehend what makes it so special.


“It is just so unique wave that is big, barrels up, and heavy that a lot of big wave surfers loves it. There is no other wave like Mullaghmore as it has the shape, the size and the consistency of the swell,” added Rahma.



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IN PICS: EFG Bank Monaco claim fourth EFG Sailing Arabia title

French sailing star Thierry Douillard led his EFG Bank Monaco team to their fourth consecutive EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour title as the Arabian classic came to a thrilling climax.

Douillard’s men sealed their victory in style by winning the final race of the event, a sprint around a short course that rounded off the Dubai in-port series.

EFG Bank Monaco began the two-week long, five-leg race around the Arabian Gulf as the hot favourites having won the past three editions.

The reigning champions dominated the podium throughout the tour, winning four of the five offshore stages and one in-port race series.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing, Team Al Mouj Muscat (OMA), the 2016 runners-up, threatened to usurp EFG Bank Monaco and when they crossed the finish line of the fifth and final leg from Doha to Dubai in first place it looked like a photo-finish was on the cards.

“It’s a great feeling to win the regatta,” said Douillard, who led the team in place of injured long term skipper Sidney Gavignet. “We really deserved it – we’ve worked so hard over these last two weeks.

“We had a major contest with Team Al Mouj Muscat the entire event and it was just the tiny details that made the difference.

“We were fast upwind and downwind and in the end we had good control over the fleet. This was one of the best editions of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour for sure – we had wonderful conditions, brilliant legs around the Musandam Peninsula, and a great battle with Team Al Mouj Muscat. I think Sidney will be happy – for us it’s a case of ‘a job well done’.”

A third-place finish in the Dubai in-port series wasn’t enough to elevate Team Zain (KUW) to the podium and they ended the regatta in fourth ahead of event newcomers Adelasia di Torres from Italy.

Last year’s third-place finishers Team Averda (GBR) had to settle for sixth, with Bienne Voile (SUI) in seventh and all-female crewed DB Schenker (GER) in eighth. A special prize-giving ceremony celebrating the achievements of the sailors and the success of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour will be held this evening. The awards was presented by Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation, and His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Said Al Jaradi, Oman’s Ambassador to the UAE.

Dubai in-port race series:

  1. Team Al Mouj Muscat (OMA/Christian Ponthieu) –  1 point
  2. EFG Bank Monaco (MON/Thierry Douillard) – 1.25 points
  3. Team Zain (KUW/Cedric Pouligny) – 1.5 points
  4. Team Renaissance (OMA/Fahad Al Hasni) – 2.25 points
  5. DB Schenker (GER/Annemeike Bes) – 2.5 points
  6. Adelasia di Torres (ITA/Renato Azara) – 2.5 points
  7. Team Averda (GBR/Andrew Baker) – 3 points
  8. Bienne Voile (SUI/Lorenz Mueller) – DNS – 4.5 points

Overall results:

  1. EFG Bank Monaco (MON/Thierry Douillard) – 11.25 points
  2. Team Renaissance (OMA/Fahad Al Hasni) – 28 points
  3. Team Al Mouj Muscat (OMA/Christian Ponthieu) – 31 points
  4. Team Zain (KUW/Cedric Pouligny) – 33.5 points
  5. Adelasia di Torres (ITA/Renato Azara) – 43.25 points
  6. Team Averda (GBR/Andrew Baker) – 49.75 points
  7. Bienne Voile (SUI/Lorenz Mueller) – 60 points
  8. DB Schenker (GER/Annemeike Bes) – 62.75 points

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City Swim UAE makes its mark in Abu Dhabi

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Eager swimmers gathered Saturday morning at the second event in the City Swim UAE series, taking place at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi. City Swim UAE, held over four emirates, is the UAE’s largest open water series with each event seeing swimmers of all ages covering a range of distances varying from 250 meters to 2,500 meters.

Paul Clement from France was fastest in the 2,500 metre race with a time of 34 minutes, 17 seconds, closely followed by Nic Roselt with a time of 34:22. Both were a stretch ahead of third-place Candice Saxod in 38:36.

In the 1,000 metre race, Eric Bradley achieved the fastest time in 12:08, followed by Rebecca Wenden in 16:13 Hannah Dean in third with 17:41.

The 500 metre race saw an all-female podium finish, with Isabelle Darling coming in first with a time of eight minutes, 24 seconds. She was followed by Christelle Feghali with a time of 08:49 and in third place was Yara Feghaly in 09:32.

The 250 metre race saw Kirstie Mackenzie winning in just 07:07, followed by Alexander Norman (09:18) and Robert Dean (9:46).

The event was attended by Olympian, Keri-anne Payne, who took part in the 1,000 metre race and presented the awards for each category and age group to all the swimmers at the prize giving and celebratory breakfast.

Originating from the canals in Amsterdam and Hudson River in New York, the open water swimming event will move to other locations in the UAE. The next event takes plate at Sharjah’s Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa (February, 4 2017) and Ajman at the Ajman Saray (March, 4 2017), while further locations are expected to be added later in the year.

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