The bathymetry of the seabed off Newquay sees impressive waves rising up and running in to Fistral beach. When a low pressure storm front sweeping in from the west meets a stiff offshore wind, these conditions conjure a huge Atlantic break called 'The Cribbar'.
However, every so often a rogue wave will run in and this can be truly huge. This image is of such a monster. From tip of the majestic crest to the hollowed bowl of its base, it surely measured over 90ft.
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Location: Cornwall, UK
Photographer: Chris Simmons