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High tide & big waves at Towan Bay, Newquay

These photos were taken at Towan Bay, Newquay just before a storm was due to hit.  Surfing was impossible at all the major beaches with high winds resulting in big messy waves in excess of 10ft already hitting most of the spots along the coast.

However in Towan bay at high tide a few of the groms tried to surf waves that rolled in straight towards the harbour wall – but either you had to jump off before your board hit the wall or you were thrown up into the air as the wave hit the backwash. When this was tricky the local kids resorted to bodyboarding and when that was too dangerous or impractical it was a case of playing dare as big waves smashed into the bay. Disclaimer: I’m pretty sure no kids were injured or swept out to sea.

Wave hits wall at Towan Bay
Wave hits wall at Towan Bay
Kids watching waves roll in at Towan Bay
Kids watching waves roll in at Towan Bay
Kids watch bodyboarders surfing backwash at Towan
Kids watch bodyboarders surfing backwash at Towan

Kids play dare with waves at Towan bay
Kids play dare with waves at Towan bay
Wave hits wall at Towan as kids duck for cover
Wave hits the wall at Towan as kids duck for cover
Big wave smashes against wall
Big wave smashes against wall
Kids get washed over by a wave
Kids get washed over by a wave
Wedge forms and is about to hit wall
Wedge forms and is about to hit the wall

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