There's been no shortage of action out of the North Atlantic recently. Spain, Morocco, France (which is having an incredible season), Ireland and everywhere in between has been blessed with swell, as multiple XL pulses rifled into Europe.
Over the weekend, the UK's south west switched on for a stunning couple of days along the coasts of Cornwall – capping out a landmark February the likes of which those shores haven't seen in years.
Forecast: UK + Ireland
The last of this swell will wrap up today but then, over the coming week, there's a playful pulse around until Sunday at the least. Nothing XL, but the conditions are clean with brisk and somewhat favourable winds to kick March off in the right direction.
Back to the weekend though and some of the highlights include a session in the deepest regions of Cornwall, featuring Luke Dillon, Jayce Robinson and many more. Cold? You betcha, Saturday morning air temps sat around the 1C mark in the morning, and likewise on Sunday, with the water around 9 degrees. Nothing like Poland/Holland the other week, mind, but enough to make people think twice.
For those able to get to one much-loved Cornish set up, they were greeted with a plethora of tubes over dangerously shallow reef. A few creased boards, a few wipeouts (and one rescue – though surfer involved is doing fine). Meanwhile, a touch further along the coast and Seb Smart may have just hucked into one of the biggest, cleanest waves seen at a particular beachie, as evidenced below.
This weekend sure was something special along the cragged shores of Kernow. "The swell was generated by a low that appeared over Nova Scotia last Tuesday February 23," said MSW forecaster, Tony Butt. "The system shifted out into the open Atlantic and moved first northeast and then arced around to the north, ending up east of Greenland by Friday 26th. At the same time, a high spread from the Azores northeast towards the Celtic Sea, and established itself over England by Friday, persisting over the weekend.
"An area of strong westerly winds associated with that low generated a pulse of westerly swell, which arrived in southwest England on Saturday, peaking around the middle of the day and then gradually decreasing through Sunday. The fact that the storm stayed well away from the coast meant that the swell arrived clean and lined-up, plus the presence of that high meant that local conditions were good, with moderate winds from an easterly quarter."