CORNWALL is going to be hit with a MONSTER wave with the biggest swells in the world expected to crash down on the British coastline.
The infamous Cribbar – dubbed the Bone Cruncher and the Widow Maker – is set to make an appearance in Newquay tomorrow.
The legendary waves, which only makes an appearance a handful of times each year, are set to swell to 20ft.
Jason Lock, from surf forecasting website magicseaweed, said: “The largest waves in the world will hit Cornwall and the rest of Europe tomorrow.
‘‘What we are forecasting for Cornwall is an extremely rare combination of light, offshore winds, and a westerly 14ft swell with a long 17 second period – which is the time it takes for two successive waves to pass through a determined point.
“Those factors mean the largest surfable waves in the world will be found in Cornwall and selected parts of Europe tomorrow.
“Current wave size sits at around the 20ft mark, but we could see those numbers increase at certain spots such as the Cribbar, which will see waves in excess of 20ft.
“The Cribbar is a fickle, heavy wave but the combination of wind, swell direction and the size of swell means it may awaken, something it only does a few times a year.”
The Cribbar earned the names The Widow Maker and The Bone Church because of the dangers riding them. They are created when low pressure systems in the Atlantic trigger huge swells which rise up as they pass over a rocky shelf named the Cribber Reef off Newquay.
Professional surfer Ben Skinner said: “The Cribbar doesn’t happen that often. You need the right winds, swell and tide. “It’s quite tricky and you just never know. As a wave – it’s raw.
“It’s far out to sea and it’s got some serious consequences if thing don’t go right. I’ve had a few times when things haven’t gone well.”
He told the Plymouth Herald: “We don’t have any big waves in the UK – you do in Ireland, but certainly not in England and Cornwall. “Cribbar is the best we’ve got and it’s useful for people to train for bigger waves like you see in Hawaii.”