I was blogged forward by Pedro Freitas BIF. We are both part of the same team (ERP SD) but I’ve unfortunately never actually met Pedro in real life. He works in Porto Alegre, Brazil and I work in Dublin, Ireland.
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My name is Eoin Richard Hurley, I am 27 years old and I’m from Dublin. I joined SAP in May 2011 after finishing my Masters degree. I actually grew up less than 5km from the Dublin office but I never realized it was here until I joined 🙂 .
SAP is my first job after finishing my studies in Business/IT and it’s been great so far. SAP even allowed me to take a career break so I could go traveling around South East Asia and Australia 🙂 .
Fun fact about my country/yourself
Ireland is typically well known for Guinness, leprechauns and St. Patrick but in the last 5 years or so it has also become famous as a destination for winter surfing.
The west coast of Ireland gets hammered by the stormy Atlantic Ocean which means huge waves. It has been predicted that there are swells off the Donegal coast capable of producing 120ft waves.
With all this hype and the various news stories on the Irish surfing scene I decided to try it out for the first time with a few of friends last February. I had been surfing before a couple of times in Australia but I still considered myself a complete novice. Plus in Australia it was nice and warm, Irish weather was going to add a whole new level of difficulty to the task 🙂
We traveled down to Enniscrone in County Sligo which is a 3.5 hour drive across the country from East to North West. It’s a small village that is very busy during the summer months but very quiet (except for surfers) in the winter.
We had a great time and the surfing wasn’t a complete disaster. The beach we went to would be considered a beginner beach or maybe even intermediate. The ocean is very rough but the waves are not that big. We managed to catch some after about 60 mins of being thrown off the board.
The cold temperature of the water is something that is hard to comprehend. Even with the winter wet suit which is about 4mm thick it is a big shock to the system.
Here are some pictures of the trip I took with my GoPro camera:
To give you some idea of the locations involved here is a map of the surf spots in relation to the SAP offices in Ireland.
The location of our surf trip is highlighted in the yellow box. County Donegal is highlighted with the red box in case you guys ever want to try surf those 120ft waves 😉
You can read more about Irish winter surfing here Everything you need to know about winter surfing in Ireland, you brave soul
Questions asked by Pedro
Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?
- Travel around South America
- Write a book
- Spend more time in Asia
- Make some music or play live on stage
- Watch Arsenal Football Club win another Premier League title or at least go to London and watch more games live in in the stadium.
If you were given by your work a full day every week to do whatever you feel like, what would it be?
- Play football (soccer)
If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?
- I’ve never given this one much though. Maybe a foreign language or history teacher!?
If you were 20 again, what would you study?
What do you enjoy most in your work and why?
- Flexi-time hours. It allows me to fit in all my hobbies
If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?
- Dennis Bergkamp
Blogging It Forward
I’d like to blog it forward to the following people:
And I would be happy if they could answer these:
- What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?
- What is your personal life dream?
- What is your professional life dream?
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