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Coastguard warning as Cornwall surfer and storm watchers snapped

By CG_Caroline  |  Posted: February 09, 2014

  • Surfer rides huge wave at Newlyn Credit Max Rowe. Credit Max Rowe

  • Wave watchers ignore the dangers at Portreath

  • Wave watchers ignore the dangers at Portreath

  • Surfer rides the waves at Newlyn Harbour. Credit Max Rowe

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This is the dramatic moment before a surfer attempts to ride a monster wave in Newlyn Harbour.

The photo was captured by Max Rowe on Wednesday.

As the rest of the county battened down the hatches this surfer decided to make the most of the gigantic waves lashing the county.

Mr Rowe, who lives in Mousehole, said he knew it was a popular spot for surfers.

“The waves must have been 8/10 feet. It was pretty impressive”, he said.

Mr Rowe said the area is pretty sheltered, which makes for great conditions when gigantic waves roll in.

Over in battered Portreath, which took such a lashing in earlier storms that its harbour wall was smashed to pieces, wave watchers ignored safety measures to watch the spectacle.

Two people were seen to fight their way through two lots of barriers to stand over a void on the end of the harbour left by the decimation of earlier ferocious weather.

Dave Holland, from Falmouth Coastguard, said: “We have said it a number of times – just be sensible and do not put yourself in any danger and do not cross any barriers.”

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