Surfing the Cribber – Newquay’s most famous and difficult wave

Surfing the Cribber

Surfing the Cribber – the opportunity to surf this wave only occurs when it appears a few times between September and April. The very large waves are caused by the low-pressure systems in the Atlantic which triggers the huge swells which then rise up as they pass over the reef. Surfing in these conditions is extremely dangerous and should only be attempted by professionals or very experienced surfers.

The two videos below from 2016 and 2017 taken by drones give a clear view of the size strength and power of these waves as they power towards the shore in Newquay.



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Surfing the Cribber – From Wikipedia. . . .

The Cribbar, also known as the Widow Maker is a reef off the Towan Headland in Newquay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.

The Cribbar is best known for creating annual big waves, popular with experienced big wave surfers from across the world. Wave faces can be in excess of 30 ft (9.1 m). The Zorba is a reef 2 miles (3.2 km) further off the coast and can create even higher waves.

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According to local folklore, the Cribbar was first surfed in 1966 by Ric Friar and Australians Pete Russell and Johnny McElroy as well as American Jack Lydgate.

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