On a weeks road trip to Cornwall in our new (to us) Murvi Campervan, we found and excellent car park overlooking the sea at Trevone. What’s better still is that the owners allowed us to stay overnight, for a small fee. It was so good we stayed two nights before moving on.
Consequently, I had time to have a paddle around the coast in the Atlantic swells. I decided to head up to Polzeath, mainly as I had never been, and also as to get there by road from Trevone involves many miles.
I have to say on the way up to Polzeath conditions were rather lively, hence the lack of photos. Even at Polzeath there was still a good swell coming in, which you needed to keep an eye on, to avoid being caught out. Ideally I wanted to land on Polzeath beach and get an ice cream, but as the surf was looking rather good the break was packed with surfers. It would have been far too risky to attempt landing even between the swells. I would have taken out far too many people in the water (speed bumps). So, having watched the surfers from the back of the break, I consoled myself with the thought of no ice-cream for a bit, before returning.
Passing close to the cliffs on the way back conditions were better, apart from when a big set hit the cliffs and caused the waves to rebound back out to sea. You could suddenly find yourself on top of a pyramid, with not a great deal of support! Rounding one rock I suddenly heard an enormous noise. I could see what looked like steam appear above the rocks, maybe 30 or 40 feet in the air. A Cornish Dragon? As I got closer it happened again and this time I could see the water being ejected from the rocks.
It was of course a massive blowhole.
There was quite a delay between the swell going in and the water erupting from the rock, which made the affect all the more surreal.
All too soon I was back at Trevone. There were only a couple of surfers here, so keeping out of their way, I spent a while having a few surfs and getting dumped on a few times.
What a great paddle. Just under 9Nm covered.