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Newquay's Cribbar reef puts on a spectacular show during storm

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

  • Pictures by Aaron Parsons

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HUGE waves approaching 30ft high battered Towan Head and Little Fistral beach in Newquay on Monday, whipped up by the legendary Cribbar reef.

Photographer Aaron Parsons was one of many onlookers who watched the spectacle from the safety of the cliff tops – and captured these dramatic photos.

The Cribbar wave, nicknamed 'The Widow Maker', is known as the UK's biggest wave.

It is created when low pressure systems in the Atlantic trigger huge swells which rise up as they pass over the rocky reef shelf.

The wave hits Britain only a handful of times every winter between September and April.

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