2014. Year of the storm

Regardless of where you live in the UK, we’ve all experienced the raw power of Mother Nature these last few weeks to some degree – although it’s also fair to say, some have experienced it more than others. Much more.
The coastguard added a new verb to describe sea state: phenomenal. To put this into perspective, monster waves, the likes of which had never been recorded in the Atlantic, reached heights of over 80ft. Magnified by high tides, hurricane force winds, torrential rain and gigantic storm surges prolonged flooding and extensive coastal destruction dominated the news and yet; big wave surfing history was made by British surfer Andrew Cotton rewriting the rules – pushing the limits of what is humanly possible, and then some. The wave he surfed is somewhere in the 100ft plus range although official judgement will be made in May 2014.Andrew Cotton on 80ft wave
The village of Amroth felt the wrath when sea defenses were breached and part of the road through was taken apart by the ocean’s fury. Spray towered hundreds of feet into the air by waves battering the coast at Saundersfoot and Tenby. The breakwater at Newgale washed over the road, making it impassable until cleared (repeatedly) by the council.


As the storms abate, visitors have flocked to our local beaches to witness the affect these awesome events have had on our coastline. It’s staggering. Millions of tons of sand have been redistributed, reshaping the sea bed and redefining our breaks, a blessing for surfers. Let’s not beat around the bush, our bit of Pembrokeshire has some of the best surf in the UK, attracting swell from southerly and westerly directions affording plenty of options. Come and see for yourself!