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Porthtowan, Cornwall, peeling away at midday on September 23. A day to remember for South West surfers.© 2013 Matthew Loots
North Fistral is the go-to spot for many surfers in North Cornwall; a crowded and shapely old faithful. Suffice to say it was pumping on Monday.© 2013 almoorse
A near perfect union of high and low pressure.
Perranporth© 2013 Digital Wave
One of the healthy contingent of Porthtowan bodyboarders slides under a feathering backlit lip.© 2013 James Watling
The swell even made its way up to the Isle of Wight, greeted by a very contented longboarder.© 2013 s0ulsurfing
Tunnel vision in the Newquay vicinity.© 2013 Mr B Photo
A local slices through a fun wall in Jersey.© 2013 Uncle Monty
Fistral© 2013 FacesPlaces
Ishmael Hamon laying into a left at Porthtowan.© 2013 Matthew Loots
Same surfer, different wave.© 2013 Matthew Loots
At times there was perhaps a little too much wind, but after a near waveless summer, few were complaining.© 2013 James Watling
Follow the coastline East and you arrive at Croyd, in North Devon, one of the few high-class beachbreaks in the South West.© 2013 Tristan James Bransby
Fistral© 2013 Time Waves
On the following day (24th), the ocean was in the process of calming down. However, there were still reams of closeout barrels to go around.© 2013 Mr B Photo
Perranporth on the 24th.© 2013 Digital Wave
As the size came down on the Tuesday, the crowds filled in. North Fistral catering for the masses.© 2013 Archy
A lonesome bomb goes unridden at Bude, North Cornwall.© 2013 Mo Samuels
Peace out.© 2013 Martin Yelland
The British surfing summer was much like any other; a dismal blend of feeble lines, windslop and millpond moments. With a pessimistic outlook nurtured by months of high pressure, many feared that September would follow the same course. Fortunately, it didn’t.
For the past week, surfers across South West England have been greeted by corduroy lines and overhead tubes on their approach to the beach, and mental image to be treasured and locked away for those inevitable flat days to come.
This album is a selection of the best shots we’ve had sent in from the swell, most of which fall between September 23/24. With the forecast still looking promising, no doubt there will be more to come.