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Crowds gather to watch the huge Cribbar

Crowds gathered at Fistral Beach in Newquay today to watch a group of surfers tackle the wave break known as The Cribbar.

Crowds gather to watch the huge Cribbar Credit: ITV West Country

The wave is only rideable a few times of the year and thrill-seekers travelled from as far as Australia to experience swells in excess of 15ft.

The Cribbar draws crowds from across Cornwall and even the world Credit: ITV West Country

Professional bodyboarder, and Director of Newquay Activity Centre and Bodyboarding holidays, Rob Barber, had what he described as an 'epic adventure' at Cribbar.

Professional bodyboarder and Director of Newquay Activity Centre and Bodyboarding holidays, Rob Barber, had an epic adventure at Cribbar this afternoon Credit: Aaron Parsons Photography

It's one of the most hazardous surf breaks in the UK as just below the surface are razor sharp rocks and discarded fishing tackle.

A surfer attempting to ride the cribbar Credit: ITV West Country

The surf spot was given the dubious title the Widow Maker due to its dangerous reputation, and is a favourite haunt of big wave surfers from across the globe whenever it appear.

To form, it needs a 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 create the largest surfable waves in the world and at its highest it can reach up to 30ft.