Surfer risks his life as he takes on Britain’s biggest wave nicknamed ‘The Widow Maker’

April 16, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

This is the moment a daredevil surfer risked his life to ride Britain’s biggest wave – a monster wall of water nicknamed “The Widow Maker”.

The notorious Cribbar wave hits the UK coastline just a handful of times a year and is famed for its ferocity and power.

The phenomenon is actually a short series of waves which have earned the names “The Widow Maker” and “The Bone Cruncher” because of the extreme danger of riding them.

A lone daredevil surfer risks life and limb to ride a monster wall of water - nicknamed 'The Widow Maker'

A lone daredevil surfer risks life and limb to ride a monster wall of water – nicknamed ‘The Widow Maker’

It is created when low pressure systems in the Atlantic trigger huge swells which rise up as they pass over a rocky shelf called the Cribbar Reef off Newquay, Cornwall.

The wave hits Britain only a handful of times every winter between September and April, drawing surfers from across Europe.

 The notorious Cribbar wave is described as the UK'€™s biggest and is famed for its volatility, ferocity and power

The notorious Cribbar wave is described as the UK’€™s biggest and is famed for its volatility, ferocity and power

The surfer makes light work of the wave as he carves it up

The surfer makes light work of the wave as he carves it up

 The wave is created when low pressure systems in the Atlantic trigger huge swells which rise up as they pass over a rocky shelf called the Cribbar Reef off Newquay, Cornwall

The wave is created when low pressure systems in the Atlantic trigger huge swells which rise up as they pass over a rocky shelf called the Cribbar Reef off Newquay, Cornwall

It crashed into Newquay’s Fistral Beach on Monday reaching 20ft – but one lone surfer was spotted riding its crests.

The wave became the stuff of legend back in 1966 when three visiting Australian surfers stumbled upon it.

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