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British surfers are accustomed to interminable wind and unruly winter swell. Fortunately there are plenty of nooks and crannies which thrive in such conditions.© 2013 Matthew Loots
Meanwhile, Scotland's most beguiling and shredable rightander turned on.© 2013 Kieren
An novel perspective of Thurso, and no less appealing.© 2013 Dragger
The charts which got everyone in a flurry. Wave heights reached 50 foot at the heart of the storm, delivering a surplus of swell for much of Europe's Atlantic coast.
Those coastal niches which enjoy a belting westerly were an obvious choice. One unidentified bodyboarder finds himself on a British wedge teeming with Atlantic juice.© 2013 George Bush
Storm surf in all its glory.© 2013 Matthew Loots
Giant swells do not necessarily result in all-time sessions. Many UK surfers made the most of wraparound swell, while more exposed spots were reduced to frothy chaos.© 2013 Clare Dearden
Mullaghmore was big and grisly during the swell, rarely opening up for those few who towed in. Ollie O Flaherty finds himself in a tight spot.© 2013 Collin Cooney
Despite the cutting wind and deficit of clean tubes, Ireland's premier big wave spot was as merciless and photogenic as ever. Barry Mottershead on a beast.© 2013 Christian Mcleod
Thurso re-instilling some calm.© 2013 Kieren
Heading south, the Basque Country received the swell with offshore winds, lighting up all the usual suspects, and a few more.© 2013 gaizkabernardo
Sometimes lineup body language is straightforward to interpret. This Basque local looks content.© 2013 gaizkabernardo
More boily Basque fun.© 2013 gaizkabernardo
Much of Europe was faced with the issue of too much swell. Locals gazed at, and documented, this bomb in Northern Spain, then left it be.© 2013 Nuno Potes
Pais Vasco© 2013 gaizkabernardo
Warbling lines to the horizon at Salinas y Espartal© 2013 Nuno Potes
Extreme wedges were seemingly the order of the day in North Cornwall.© 2013 Marley Bonney
A busy lineup far up the English channel, with the white cliffs of Dover just around the corner.© 2013 South East Surfers UK
Faced with endless lines of whitewater at the exposed spots, Newquay Bay was a welcome haven, playing host to an ample portion of Cornwall's wave riding population.© 2013 HarryLowery
Squint your eyes and you can make out a small white line splicing through a Belharra bomb. Stephanie Ralour and Alain Riou were among the few to take on Fance's best known XXL wave.© 2013 user366572
Bournemouth, on the South Coast of England, is not known for the quality of its waves, nor the consistency. Despite this, when a hint of swell endeavours to make its way up the channel, it is bound to be welcomed by a neoprene clad army.© 2013 DJH
One Bournemouth local sneaks a second of solitude.© 2013 Steve Wisdom
Sharing is inevitable when you get enough wave starved surfers together.© 2013 Steve Wisdom
The manifold faces of a storm. Andrew Cotton's monster at Nazare embodies the brutal strength of this weather system. Glancing over the charts, there should be plenty more size on the way.
A storm of this magnitude makes waves on land well before they arrive at the coast. last week surfers across Europe stared wide-eyed at the charts, and poured over Google Earth, while discreetly discussing which twice-a-year mythical wave would be roused from slumber.
From two foot windslop in Bournemouth, to perfect Thurso East and giant Nazare, the storm boasted a myriad of surfable faces, most of which were exploited to the full. This album is comprised of user shots submitted to our archives, providing a modest insight into the variety of sessions that transpired.