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Those that seek shall find. This is the view which greeted one lucky Irishman as when he went looking for shelter from the storm.© 2014 SConnor242
"I took this shot on the coastline between Cascais and Guincho," says the photographer. "Massive swell hitting the coast and a solitary cross emphasising the power and deadliness of those waves."© 2014 Constantin Witt-Dörring
Mullaghmore Head, Ireland. "It was crazy, windy, rainy, oh god the rain, and the waves were monstrous, as per usual," says photographer, Christian McLeod. "Conor Maguire got another bomb, and bust his previously broken ankle, Ollie O'Flaherty took one of the biggest wipeouts of the year, and Henry Moore got washed in by a set." Rider: Barry Mottershead © 2014 Christian McLeod
The geology wasn't the only attraction this day at the Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland. Rider: Al Menie© 2014 Cormac Trolan
Barry Mottershead at home.© 2014 Christian McLeod
Cain Kilcullen charging at Mullaghmore Head.© 2014 LoisCrighton
Ireland untamed.© 2014 duke
Cain Kilcullen lapping up the winter energy somewhere in County Sligo.© 2014 ciaran quinn
"We arrived on the cliffs of Nazaré just after 9am on Sunday February 2 and luckily found a free spot towards the back of the cliffs," says photographer, Peter Wilton-Davies. "We were amongst about 100 photographers and several thousand onlookers, ranging from young surfers to whole Portuguese families who might not have seen a surfer before, let alone tow-ins. The Portuguese television and papers had been hyping the event up for a few days so everyone turned up on this hazy, calm Sunday morning to see what all the fuss was about."© 2014 Peter Wilton-Davies
"We spotted a team of two jet skis off in the distance and over the next half an hour a couple of attempts were made to tow in, but the surfers were having trouble getting down the face and few waves were fully breaking."© 2014 Peter Wilton-Davies
"An hour in and finally Andrew Cotton was towed into what turned out to be the wave of the day, the only one that broke, and unfortunately it happened to be on top of him as he tried to exit the wave after a very bumpy descent. He was lost in the white water but quickly found by the ski and taken back out without and trouble." Frame 1 of 3.© 2014 Peter Wilton-Davies
2 of 3. Cotton pursued by a finger of doom.© 2014 Peter Wilton-Davies
3 of 3. Andrew in a horrible spot, moments before anihilation.© 2014 Peter Wilton-Davies
"For the next couple of hours 6 or 7 attempts were made, with one very long ride in towards the cliffs but without the wave actually breaking. The swell seemed to be wrapping in from the south as it approached the lighthouse and breaking up the coast into Praia do Norte, which spent the day closed out and impossible to surf. The surfers were trying for the bigger sets that were breaking towards Nazaré itself but seemed to be mainly lefts, steaming into the cliffs, rather than the open water rights they wanted."© 2014 Peter Wilton-Davies
"At about midday the wind was turning onshore, the tide was coming up and the swell was moving all over the place, so the surfers and skis decided to call it a day and headed off to the harbour. The cliffs emptied as everyone headed off for lunch, which I think would of happened anyway as lunch, especially a Sunday one, is a ritual. It was a great experience to watch and congratulations to the surfers, drivers and everyone involved on having a safe surf."© 2014 Peter Wilton-Davies
Peak of the swell between Land's End and Sennen.© 2014 brayer
Unsurfable offshore bombs were a dominant theme in Brittany.© 2014 titulipe
There were undoubtedly corners of shelter in Brittany, but sometimes it's worth sticking around to take in the storm in its unadulterated beauty.© 2014 titulipe
Somewhere in the Brighton vicinity.© 2014 Tonk
Plenty of swell funnelled up to the Isle of Man© 2014 surfvan76
West Sussex© 2014 snell
Hannah Coombes on a harbour left at Shoreham.© 2014 Joe Coyne
"Bodyboarder dropping into a solid line at Santa Amaro in Lisbon. Probably the only surfable spot that day."© 2014 Constantin Witt-Dörring
An abrupt bend in the coastline may clean up the wave faces, but paddling into that much wind isn't a whole lot of fun.© 2014 Matthew Loots
St Briged’s Day (February 1st) officially marked the start of the Celtic Spring, however, looking out upon the churning Atlantic last Saturday, with 60 mph westerlies and biting rain squalls, the savage grip of winter felt firm as ever. These are the best photos submitted to our photo system from the weekend swell.
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Entry to The Winter Session has closed for this season. The task remains of picking a pair of winners for February, then sorting through all the edits in search of an overall victor.
Three months of non stop storms ended abruptly in Les Landes on Thursday.
Skeleton Bay providing the implausibly long tunnels for which it is known.