Adam Nolan's photo of Newquay - Fistral North

Britain\'s first ever Big Wave contest - \"Gold Rush\" run by the BSA 21st Sept 2006

Average rating of 4.24 from 444 votes

Newquay - Fistral North

Spot Location: UK + Ireland > England > Newquay - Fistral North

Date Taken: 21st September 2006. 137680 page views since 21st September 2006.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
10.5ft 13s 275.35°     27
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Nate P Oct 24, 2011 Rating: -1

Okay so its not a "big wave". My question is WHAT is this guy wearing?

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mistopher-christopher Nov 16, 2011 Rating: 2

Just say what you see!

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Harv Oct 27, 2011 Rating: 2

a black fullsuit and an orange compo vest???

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surfera Apr 18, 2011 Rating: 4

Well, for me that is pretty large... But im a massive sissy! But I totally get peoples point about it not being big enough for a big wave contest!

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marc dickson Oct 13, 2010 Rating: 0

if your waves are so consistent why you have MSW account?? stop dissin our waves and get out in the water and have some fun, thats what its all about

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bugs972 Jan 27, 2011 Rating: 0


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Vaca Jul 26, 2010 Rating: -2

Who named it a "Big Wave Contest"? Come on,,,This wave looks very fun but its only 6 feet, maybe 8 at the take off. A big wave contest should be held in waves a least 15 feet hawaiian. If this is a big wave contest in UK, I cant imagine what a regular contest is surfed in....nice pic anyway

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Francois Bouwer Feb 3, 2011 Rating: 2

You just said the reason for this bullshit they are calling a "big wave" contest. Commercialism. Fuckit, get a decent waiting period, ignore the amount of people who are going to be there, and hold a REAL contest in REAL big waves, in the WINTER. I didn't know this was in the summer, for the summer, this is pretty much huge, but hey, it's the summer. There is a lot more people in Cape Town in December, but nobody is going to be stupid enough to hold a big wave contest in December. Dungeons might be an internationally recognised big wave spot, but even there there is RARELY if ever big wave contest kind of waves in the summer. Last time big waves happened in the summer we where blaming the weird weather patterns on Global Warming. Holding a big wave contest in the summer is an insult to big wave surfing, and surfing in general. In fact, with this new knowledge, I'm surprised to see suck big waves. I wouldn't expect 6-8ft waves in offshore conditions in the summer in South Africa, let alone England.

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HazoldEdmonds Nov 18, 2010 Rating: -3

I know where your coming from that this isn't enough for a big wave contest but think about it, they'v got to hold to comp in the summer as there is barley anyone in Newquay in the winter and this isn't that bad for summer, if it was however in the winter then you'd be getting a nice 20, maby even 30 foot swell on the north coast.

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Son of bean crock Jul 22, 2010 Rating: 3

sorry guys this is a bit small for a big wave contest, nice though! but to get us brits back on the map check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJejrpwyPz8

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HazoldEdmonds Nov 18, 2010 Rating: 3

OMG - wow, thank you for the link, what amazing skill!!

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shut up faggoit Mar 27, 2010 Rating: -2

OH Southern man please please stop hating hahahahahah!!! Sotheren man is only speaking the truth!! not big waves! wrong board! nice wave! shit stlye!! End of!!

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vbl Feb 16, 2010 Rating: -9

It seems the UK surfers aren't used to solid waves, judging by their comments on this forum. I agree that they may think this is a big wave, but here in good ole SA, they are a dime a dozen. We learn to surf on these beasties. And as for the surfer, try hitting the lip at the 11 o clock position next time. Nice wave though. I'd love to pull my 6'4" out on this one...

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surfh May 30, 2011 Rating: 5

you talk like a pro, but i bet you have 7'5 funboard, and you play in the mush lol...

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Francois Bouwer Jan 2, 2010 Rating: -3

Big wave contest? WTF? I'm a wuss and I've surfed similar. (Maybe a foot or two short, if that is bigger than it looks, but still.) Perfectly clean and nice though, but not big. Maybe to me, but hey, like I said, I'm a wuss.

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Tom Maurice Jan 17, 2011 Rating: 0

Yeah, I've had your grandmother, she knows what BIG is...

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Tom Maurice Jan 17, 2011 Rating: 0

Yeah, I've heard your grandmother likes it big...

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Francois Bouwer Jan 17, 2011 Rating: 0

Correction, I haven't surfed similar, I've surfed bigger, yesterday in fact. Even my grandmother said this isn't a big wave.

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tgunstone Jan 21, 2010 Rating: 4

got to be said even by English standards that is not really that big. Nice though.

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GAZMAN Jan 10, 2010 Rating: -1


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Goofy14yearold Nov 21, 2009 Rating: 3

mate.... i think SOUTHERN MAN should stop hating. nice wave, it aint a big wave, but clean as a whistle.

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dora lives Nov 15, 2009 Rating: 3

venture north this winter

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AlexJohnston Sep 29, 2009 Rating: 3

I'd agree relative to some other countries you can't really call this 'big' wave surfing... but who cares, how fucking awesome would it feel to be riding down the face of that?!?!

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Francois Bouwer Jan 2, 2010 Rating: 0

For instance: http://magicseaweed.com/photoLab/viewPhoto.php?photoId=16771&browseSession=72795fe947fc1130b472c71109bdf600

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Francois Bouwer Jan 2, 2010 Rating: -1

Other countries? I've seen much bigger waves from Britain here on MSW. If you want a big wave contest in Britain, you might need a 5 year waiting period from what I gather, but then wait for actual big waves. This can't be more than 8ft. That is a carver wave, not a charger wave.

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chargrill Aug 12, 2009 Rating: 1

good wave definately not worthy of a big wave contest...how big are your normal waves?

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karl mantle Dec 13, 2009 Rating: 2

from like 1 foot to 6 foot unless you at cribar al depends on the swell and winds

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EB 91 Jul 26, 2009 Rating: 1

what lens are you using, the depth of feild looks amazing almost like a tilt shift

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Tom Maurice Jan 17, 2011 Rating: 0

it is tiltshift

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Lowtyd Jul 18, 2009 Rating: 3

pure adrenaline great pic

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grommo17 Jun 28, 2009 Rating: 1

man this is killing me. im i live n the canary islands and we've been waveless for the past 3 months, and i am going mental. ive even taken up waveboarding to try to keep my sanity.

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matt101 Jun 27, 2009 Rating: 0

ahhhh sweet left head high my kinda of wave nice shot

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dora lives Jun 15, 2009 Rating: -8

is that what you call big waves fucking panzies what a dose o cornish geeks cometh north for the big juice fanny's

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Portpipe Mar 4, 2010 Rating: -3

says the southern man

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olybug Jun 5, 2009 Rating: -1

yeah not even ... just shorts and rash vest in summer ..

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shape1000 May 29, 2009 Rating: 1

not to cold 3mm Summer 5mm winter

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nicelysurfed Dec 1, 2009 Rating: 2

yeah you can tell that can't you?

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DonWon8420 May 3, 2009 Rating: 2

How cold is the water there?? The wave look so good there!!!