With the entire surf industry in temporary residence on the North Shore of Hawaii, Cornwall’s most famous big wave spot has just completed its best impression of Waimea Bay, the irony being that those decamped in and around Pipeline are currently experiencing less than favourable conditions.
Storms and squalls in the deepest corners of the Atlantic have promised this swell for a while, giving those geared up to riding Newquay’s Cribbar a chance to dust off and re-wax their rarely used big wave boards. And on Thursday, those lines that looked so promising on the charts presented themselves at the coastline as fearsome faces, taunting the Cornish surfers brave enough to roll the dice.
As with any big wave spot, the paddle out to the lineup presents a challenge, especially when trying to punch through the swell on a board carrying twice the volume of your regular shortboard. Some surfers failed to make it out through the whitewater, whilst those who did were rewarded with great lumps of water looming on the horizon.
Successfully riding the Cribbar is a rite of passage for the best surfers in the UK. A rare opportunity to prove themselves in the biggest of waves. And this December session ensured a few new members were signed up to the elusive club.