Rock and a hard place: Katie McAnena on Pe’ahi’s notorious shore and (right) windsurfing off Ho’okipa beach, also on Maui. Photogrpah: John Carter

When Sheila O’Connor was teaching her three-year-old granddaughter Katie to swim, she instilled in her a deep respect for the Atlantic rolling (...)

Peter Conroy surfing the wave, off Mullaghmore Head, which earned him and photographer Roo McCrudden a nomination for the Pacifico Tube of the Year category in the Billabong XXL Awards. Photograph: Roo McCrudden

A leading Irish wave-rider and a “big surf” photographer who captured one of Sligo’s infamous waves off Mullaghmore Hea(...)

Katie McAnena windsurfs the Pe’ahi wave known as Jaws, off the Hawaiian island of Maui: “There were big gaps in the swell, so I timed it and it just seemed like it was right.” Photograph: John Carter

A Galway doctor has become one of the world’s first women to windsurf the infamous Hawaiian wave known as “Jaws”. Dr Katie McAnena (26), (...)