GALLERY: Best of the UK from Valentine's Weekend Mega Swell

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Updated 64d ago

What a few weeks it has been for the South West of the UK. Earlier this month, England's extremities were kissed by a stellar pulse of swell, setting off just about every nook and cranny across that rugged shoreline. Then, over Valentine's weekend, another pulse ripped to shore – and though some places were marred with a stiff, offshore breeze, there was some gold to be found.

Our inbox blew up over the weekend, and for the past few days we've been getting together some of the best images from this North Atlantic run of swell. Which, if you've been following along, saw pretty much the entire ocean come alive with days of pumping surf. We've taken a peep at Morocco, Portugal, France – and we've still got more to sift through from all across Europe. Stay tuned for that.

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Our localised swell chart for the UK on Saturday morning.

Our localised swell chart for the UK on Saturday morning.

Back to the UK though, and as you can see throughout this gallery, some places were exceptional – if you could get around that wind. This pulse tapped out at 10ft@15 seconds, with a slight hint of north in the swell. Why's that important? Think of it this way; the closer the swell angle is to the beach, the more of an impact it will have. North west facing swell? You'd want a swell from NW or WNW. South facing beach? Get a swell coming from the south in there and you're golden.

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Locales such as West Cornwall, Fistral, Devon and its south coast stood out over Saturday and Sunday, if you don't mind a bit of grunt to your session. The kicker though? There's still swell in the water now. Get it while you can and keep an eye on the local forecast, here.

Contrary to how it may seem, not a closeout. That offshore breeze stood Woolacombe up.

Contrary to how it may seem, not a closeout. That offshore breeze stood Woolacombe up.

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If you could get around the offshore breeze, there's a few runners to be found. Fistral.

If you could get around the offshore breeze, there's a few runners to be found. Fistral.

© 2021 - Clare James

Andrew Douglas, getting in shade.

Andrew Douglas, getting in shade.

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© 2021 - Tegan Ward