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.