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Ollie O'Flaherty

Ollie O'Flaherty

Ollie O'Flaherty

A YOUNG Irishman has been nominated for the world's top big wave surfer award.

Ollie O'Flaherty (pictured), from Lahinch, Co Clare, is among just five surfers competing for the celebrated Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards to be held in LA next month.

The 24-year-old science graduate made his mark riding a massive 50ft swell off Mullaghmore Head, Co Sligo, on March 8. "It's a massive honour to be able to represent Ireland," he said.

Irish Independent