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 England / Newquay - Fistral North

Date taken - Thu 21st Sep '06 (12:00pm)

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Britain's first ever Big Wave Contest - "Gold Rush" run by the BSA. 21st Sept 2006
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qc2220 days ago +2 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
i consider myself a bit of a hom when it comes to waves of consequence, even i think this is NOT a big wave, its overhead but thats about it..honestly these size of waves break very regularly up here..
youdig2220 days ago -2 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
Francois, i totally agree with you and your comments. This is not a big wave. It is a great wave and a good size, but it is not at all worthy of the title, big wave. As for the politics, all you South African political history experts, one word. Dicks. Here's some more. Educate yourselves before spouting of on a subject you have clearly learned from the school of Mandella will save us all, and if you dont think that you are clearly a racist BBC school of propaganda bollocks. And breath. Peace.
Aftermath2240 days ago +8 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
all those dissing the size of this wave are clearly spastics that dont surf and just sit inside all day, or playing around on swelly's in the shallows. this is a big wave and a good ride stfu about it and just surf
monteleo2355 days ago -11 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
ahaha! I signed up just to reply to this post. This wave is not big - it's a good size wave to surf. I'm from Yorkshire and just got back from a year surfing in Australia - This wave is NOT big in wordly terms!!!Grow some balls and if you can't ball up and take the drop then don't write a comment about something that doesn't deserve a comment. As the old legend said "If you're too scared to base jump - don't sky dive!". Come on lads - get off this site and get into it...basement junkies...represent!!! :/
Hundreds2313 days ago -1 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
Dude that shit is like quintuple over head...Its pretty big...
cvntytwat2293 days ago +4 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
Get licked bruz. I just moved from Australia, this shit is fucking huge.
Drew Peacock2389 days ago +1 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
The Brits on this site who are poking racey jibes at the Saffas are the shame of the nation. The Saffas are absolutely bang on about this one. I surfed this swell at a reef a few miles up the coast. It was loads of fun but I pissed myself laughing when I heard that they held a big-wave contest at Fistral on the same day. This same swell would have been double the size in Ireland and then some. I bet it was a good contest by British standards. But I agree with Francois, we make a laughing stock of ourselves by calling it a big wave contest.
Cabbage poker2549 days ago -21 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
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My fuckin ovens busted!!2553 days ago +15 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
why don't you shove all this big wave shit up your collective ass's it does my fucking head in!! no wonder you wankers keep getting washed up/disappearing for good off of our beaches!! SURFING IS NOT ALL ABOUT THE BIGGEST WAVE RIDDEN!!! IT USED TO BE FUN UNTIL EVERY PRICK AND THIER MONKEY GOT INVOLVED
Nick Hawling2540 days ago +9 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
I agree prefer a nice 4-5 foot I find it much more fun :)
Francois Bouwer2496 days ago -3 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
I agree, it isn't all about the biggest wave. That is, unless you're holding a big wave contest. Britain has big waves, just not at this spot. Go hold a big wave contest at Porthleven, then I won't be calling the whole thing a shit excuse for a "big" wave contest. And yes I will say this wave is 8-9ft, the guy is crouched down incredibly low. Not to mention, this is the biggest wave ridden in the contest that has been posted here, there are examples of waves that cannot be bigger that 6ft. The waves are nice and beautiful, but if you call this "big wave contest" worthy, then what is this supposed to be? http://magicseaweed.com/photoLab/viewPhoto.php?photoId=196430&browseSession=1eb7845a8ab11317feb9981699cc6521&photoOfTheDay BTW, note the speck in the bottom left corner, it is a surfer. THAT is a BIG wave, worthy of any big wave contest anywhere, not to mention it is breaking with MUCH more force.
Dicer2494 days ago +4 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
give it a break Francois, I've witnessed Cribbar break at 20 feet easily, alright its not consistent but as I mentioned before this particular contest was a FIRST for this area. There's also another reef near(ish) which I've yet to see ridden properly that holds 20+ beginning with Z so welcome to come over to try for yourself if you're as confident as you make out?
Francois Bouwer2479 days ago +6 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
Well if there is 20ft plus waves then why didn't they rather wait for those? I never said there isn't big waves in Britain, in fact, that is the point, there IS big waves, so why the hell waste the first ever big wave comp on a 6-8ft day? I know for a fact that there is waves there in England that will make this look like a joke, which is my point. Why not wait for a REAL big day. This is some epic good waves, I'm not arguing about that, but it is not big, not even by English standards. You only proved my point by saying 20fters break there. Even if it only does it once a year, why not wait till then? The quicksilver goodwave at New Pier in durban has a waiting period of almost a year, so for a REAL big wave contest in England, why not give it the same kind of waiting period? I bet you wouldn't even need a waiting period that long to get waves twice this size!
P-Med2431 days ago +7 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
Because 20ft waves only come in the middle of winter, when the lack of tourists in Cornwall would make a competition not financially viable.
Francois Bouwer2406 days ago +5 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
Tell me, what is more important, showing the world that England has big waves and people charging those waves, or advertisement for big companies who care nothing for the spirit of surfing? If you are telling me this was held in Summer/Autumn, then I am shocked at how far commercialism has come. Big wave contests are by their very nature winter contests, even here in SA where the waves are consistently big. If you really have to hold a contest Autumn, and the waves are 6-8ft, which is great waves BTW, don't call it a big wave contest. Either have a REAL contest, in the heart of winter, with REAL big waves, with some REAL British chargers, which I know there are plenty of, or don't have one at all. Anything under 12ft is not worthy of a big wave contest, especially if that kind of size comes through in the winter in Britian.
monteleo2355 days ago +1 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
yes!!!
Cornish-Surfer2575 days ago +8 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
i hate fistral its a bit over rated it gets good swell but personaly i dont like it to crowded
Humie2418 days ago +1 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
couldn't agree with you more. it is good though that its famous because it makes the tourists who think they can surf go there instead of crowding up the really good breaks up the rest of the coast.
jmh 6662584 days ago +1 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
I hate most South Africans cuz they look smelly and ususally are racist (not all)... but that guy is right, this is a crap wave and whoever keeps harpin on about it bein world class you have obviously surfed nowhere good! This wave is just a peak and then shoulders off into nothing! It sucks! Thay should have had this 'big wave contest' somewhere good when it was actually big, and even then just call it a 'wave contest' cuz I have surfed England a lot and I wouldn't ever say it was BIG like Proper big wave spots are! init.
Dicer2583 days ago +8 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
http://magicseaweed.com/photoLab/viewPhoto.php?photoId=143375&browseSession=dc4cae4f6e7242e46dcdcecfec12f97f
SASPONGE2585 days ago +3 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
Thats about 5 foot you bunch of kooks
tgunstone2622 days ago Unrated Rate Positive Rate Negative
reading these posts is depressing.... assuming a South African who post a comment is white and was also a supporter of the apartheid regime is basically as bigoted as as Ter Blanche... (or however you spell it)... slagging of waves as yours are bigger is just dumb.
Francois Bouwer2610 days ago +6 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
I was born after apartheid ended you big idiot. How about the concentration camps in the Boer War. Lets pull that one out. Oh yea, 100 years and still no apology. And guess who started apartheid in the first place. THE BRITS! The Boers just took 40 years to decide to abolish it. And guess who is our president now that we did. A man who has no farther education than the 3rd Grade... You can ask many black people and they will say living conditions was better before 1994. I am definitely not saying that apartheid was a good thing, but I am saying that there was a very good reason the Afrikaners didn't abolish it the moment they FINALLY got to lead the country. After needing to fight the invading BRITS. The Afrikaners fought side by side with the blacks against the invading BRITS. So, if you want to pull politics into the definition of a "Big Wave", then don't expect that I do not have a little bit of knowledge of my own countries history. Asshole. Oh, and do you know what the worst part is, there is actually pictures on Magicseaweed from England that will fit the bill of: Big Wave. This is not one of them: http://cdnimages.magicseaweed.com/photoLab/143375.jpg Now that is a BIG wave. In fact, it is massive. This wave is world class and sizey, I'll give it that, but definitely not big enough to validate a "big wave contest." New Pier, which is a beach break, gets this size and bigger routinely. And then it is barrelling like nothing you have ever seen. Now, as the picture above proves, it is not England I have something against, but the fact that this is called a big wave. We have 13 year old groms that will go into your so called "big wave" contest with eyes closed.
david puddy2608 days ago -7 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
dude, he's a brit...we know
Dicer2608 days ago +4 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
You have no grounds on which to make your daft comment Francois. This place doesn't work that often because it needs macking conditions to break clear of the rocks at the headland. This particular contest was a first at this spot. Only a few hardened surfers have surfed it properly. Chris Bertish being one of them. I wouldn't be so blasé about a spot that I know nothing about if I were you. Happy surfing...
david puddy2608 days ago -2 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
i reserve the right to act blase while typing comments on the internet. don't think its a big deal buddy
surf vendée2608 days ago +4 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
If that's an 8-9ft wave then the guy surfing it must be a wee little fella , no more than 2ft tall, a proper little leprichaun . I think we can all agree that that wave is very nice.It's a shame that some people can't just get along !!!!
Humie2519 days ago +2 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
its a surf website! not a history class, do u really think a surfer would care about what happened 100 years ago!!!!
Francois Bouwer2496 days ago +3 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
If they don't care about the full history then they shouldn't criticize me about stuff that the government did 20 years ago when I wasn't even born yet. And just so you know, 70% of my friends are black, so how can I be a racist?
tjo2460 days ago +5 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
....by judging people based on their race....
Francois Bouwer2400 days ago +1 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
Then judging a white south african or "boer", as a racist, purely because him being a "boer", is also racism. I am not racist, I don't care if you are pink, black, purple, green with yellow stripes, Xhoza, Zulu, Dutch, Boer, British, or whatever. I judge people by their opinions and actions, not there colour or race.
402706 days ago +1 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
first 9-11' wave for me. never heard that before.
Francois Bouwer2867 days ago -8 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
Big wave contest? (Man I wish this place had smilies...) I will be surfing similar waves in a few years time, and I am very much a kook. Big wave contest, lol. You need something like 15ft (Or at least an 6-8ft slab.) for a big wave contest. This doesn't look 10ft. This looks like 8-9ft... (The guy is crouching low so it's hard to judge though, might be 10-11ft, but I doubt it.)
charlie cheeseman2836 days ago +7 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
u tit 8-9 foot? can u not tell the siz e of the wave?
My fuckin ovens busted!!2807 days ago -3 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
south africans eh? always got to put people down. Still you might as well start on us Brits now eh? because it is illegal to do it to the black people now isn't it?
localislekker2770 days ago +1 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
This wave DOES look 8-9 ft, my local shorey gets bigger than this....
ronald9112761 days ago +1 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
The wave here averages at about 8-10ft, in Winter seasons. Last winter season, we had like 6-10ft swell for a month.. Was super mad!
Pompies2708 days ago -6 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
big wave? hahaha
Vaca2671 days ago +4 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
No one is putting anybody down....just being realistic I think... I agree with the saffas. ...The idea of a "big wave" can be subjective, but according to world standars a wig wave is a big wave....simple as that. This is a world class wave for sure, but its not big.
Goofy14yearold2923 days ago Unrated Rate Positive Rate Negative
Thats pretty sweet. thats i smooth wave dude props for that ride :)
Tubby old flapper2991 days ago -1 Rating Rate Positive Rate Negative
Boomer !!