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The Cribbar
The Cribbar is located in Cornwall
The Cribbar
The Cribbar
The Cribbar shown within Cornwall
OS grid referenceSW799629
Coordinates50°25′30″N 5°05′56″W / 50.425°N 5.099°W / 50.425; -5.099Coordinates: 50°25′30″N 5°05′56″W / 50.425°N 5.099°W / 50.425; -5.099
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The Cribbar (Cornish - kribow: reefs), also known as the Widow Maker,[1] is a reef off the Towan Headland in Newquay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.

The Cribbar is best known for creating annual big waves, popular with experienced big wave surfers from across the world. Wave faces can be in excess of 30 ft (9.1 m).[2] The Zorba is a reef 2 miles (3.2 km) further off the coast and can create even higher waves.[3]


The Cribbar was first surfed in 1966 by Ric Friar and Australians Pete Russell and Johnny McElroy as well as American Jack Lydgate.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Surfers ride Newquay's giant Cribbar wave". Telegraph. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  2. ^ Ford, Nick; Brown, David (2006). Surfing and social theory: experience, embodiment and narrative of the dream glide. Taylor & Francis. p. 163. ISBN 978-0-415-33432-7.
  3. ^ "The Zorba reef Newquay…. a big wave spot!!!!!". 2009-11-17. Archived from the original on 2012-08-16. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  4. ^ The Surfing Tribe: A History of Surfing in Britain by Roger Mansfield (Orca Publications, 2009)
  5. ^ "Newquay Activities and experiences "in and around" Newquay - Newquay". Retrieved 2015-08-18.

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