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Brooke Mason bartering with a Porthleven pit on the 29th of March during the first licks of the new swell.© 2013 boogieboardrider
First hit and off the lip - long period forerunners arrive at Mawgan Porth on the 29th of March. Is there any way he landed this? Nope.© 2013 user88521
Boogie Cornish mashup in Cornwall on the 29th© 2013 Declan Lee Photography
Brian sampling a Lahinch speciality on March 29th© 2013 theflem
Porthleven looking ominous on March 30th© 2013 gabrielwisdom
Widemouth Bay at first light on March 30th, only for the birds.© 2013 Mike Holland
Always first into the fray: the Sennen area catches the meat of the swell on the 30th of March .© 2013 Frarig
Another great weekend of waves in Kernow. Dave Spenceley getting a bit of a sun tan at Porthleven on March 30th.© 2013 Alex Callister/facebook.com/alexcallistersurfphoto
That spot under those cliffs in Western Ireland on March 30th which produces mega barrels.© 2013 SurfAroundIreland
This is Cotty (Andrew Cotton) in full shade at Croyde Beach on March 30th.© 2013 Dale Adams
Lyndon Wake full fat man turn at Croyde on March 30th.© 2013 Dale Adams
Not technically uploaded to the site but doesn't Vimeo do these things so well? Croyde pumping for the local boys on on March 30th.© 2013 dale adams
A rare view on a rare day of that South Coast reef on March 30th,© 2013 ph2o
Same reef, same day (March 30th), different photographer, with more of an inside perspective.© 2013 Skye.Blue.
Porthleven keg on March 30th© 2013 Lukasz Kowalski
Porthleven really isn't very often this good but March 30th was one of those days. It's also really busy, shallow and heavily contested.© 2013 Lukasz Kowalski
Tunnelling under The Peak in Bundoran on March 30th© 2013 gordonpottinger
Hells Mouth about to send Owain to the depths on March 30th© 2013 Gaz Owen Surf Photography
Saunton Sands on March 30th saw only a few takers for a low tide session.© 2013 Catchin Waves
However you slice it this Putsborough lip will be a closeout... March 30th via GoPro© 2013 @_sctt
Being in North Cornwall on March 30th meant spending some well deserved time in the brown/green room.© 2013 CornishSurfPhotos
Search and you may find... Easter weekend West Coast fun in Ireland on March 30th.© 2013 Peter Mayne
Another fast hollow and hard to catch reef lights up on march 30th.© 2013 DJH
The South Coast firing on Saturday, March 30th.© 2013 zigbaz
Swell producing low pressure in the Atlantic meets high pressure over Europe, creating an almost ideal situation. However the high is slightly shifted back over the North Sea creating strong offshore winds for the western coasts along the pressure gradient of the systems' connection.© 2013 magicseaweed.com
Fourth team rider Hazza Timson shooting a windy Easter Keg at Perranporth on March 31st.© 2013 Harry Timson
Joe Moran layback, stall and hope on March 31st at Fistral.
Al Reed on one of the waves of the day at Compton on the Isle of Wight on March 31st.© 2013 Jason Swain/s0ulsurfing
Low tide Fisty barrel on March 31st.© 2013 Time Waves
After Frodo finished his Middle Earth session Gandalf gave him a toke on that pipe of his at Lahinch on March 31st
Tubular Llangennith / Rhossili area on April 1st (no joke)© 2013 cf
Description: Christian B off the lip at Jersey's La Saline on April 1st.© 2013 James Lawro Lawrence
April 1st at Llangennith / Rhossili© 2013 Jo Lloyd
Got to love it when the clocks change! Sam Brabyn on a slice of early evening Porthtowan gold on the 2nd of April.© 2013 Alex Callister/facebook.com/alexcallistersurfphoto
Sunset at Croyde Beach on April 2nd© 2013 Rob Puig
And the end of the swell, Ben Howey during a chilly (minus 3) Bantham dawny taking full advantage of the final gasp of the swell on the morning of April 3rd.© 2013 Ben Pascoe/learningsurfphotography.com
IT looked like the perfect weekend in Europe but the wind added an edge to it, a razor edge which seemed to slice through premium rubber like it was a £10 forecourt shorty. Despite the freezing temperatures you lot were crunching though frosty sand and clinging to the marram grass in offshores gusting up to 40mph capturing the gift of Easter.
And no we are not talking thermodynamically dubious resurrections, or pagan festivities related to Ishtar, the Babylonian and Assyrian goddess of love and fertility, or even Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. Amazingly it’s not remotely related to hollow chocolate eggs that you must bestow on your loved ones for fear of appearing uncaring despite your actions during the other 360+ days. You must ‘buy’ to ‘give’ people, and it must be overpriced chocolate of dubious quality, probably containing palm oil. What we are talking about is the four days you get off work to enjoy the bounty bestowed on you by a vast low pressure rotating out in the Atlantic and a realtively stable high pressure system centred just east of the UK in an almost perfect position.
Here’s another “best of” the shots uploaded to the site over the last couple of days from the UK and Ireland. This was the weekend where the clocks changed and it looked so perfect until you stepped outside and realised that it might be officially spring but the thermostat was stuck somewhere in mid-February. In better news you all gained that extra hour for the post-work session. Did you score?