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The Cribbar
Map showing the location of The Cribbar
Map showing the location of The Cribbar
Location in Cornwall
LocationCornwall, England, UK
OS gridSW799629
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

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. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  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!!!!!". 17 November 2009. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  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 18 August 2015.

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