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The Lizard peninsular is one of my favourite areas of Cornwall. This photograph was taken from the sea wall at Porthleven looking towards to Loe Bar, a bank of shingle and sand that separates Cornwall’s largest fresh water lake from the sea, Gunwalloe and the headland at Mullion. A fabulous stretch of coastline..
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Surf but where’s the beach..?

Because of the nature of Porthleven Harbour, great surf is created at the entrance to the harbour just as it would be if the swell were coming up on a beach. This is a favourite spot for local surfers who enter the water at the edge of the harbour.  In the picture below, if you look very carefully, one guy can be seen with his board on the steps of what I think might be the old lifeboat station.  They then paddle out to enjoy some exceptional surf and great wave riding, even on a freezing cold March day like today..
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A Wee Bit Windier still..

I drove onto the harbour road when I first arrived at the fishing village of Porthleven before first light this morning.  Suddenly faced with a wall of water, I reversed rapidly and sought higher ground passing a policeman as I went with cones and tape to close the road…

Standing above the village I was able to avoid most of the sea spray that was filling the air but constant wiping of the ND Grad filter I was using was still necessary.  I also had the help of a good friend who stood with their back to the wind, shielding the camera and tripod from the spray but it was still a struggle to keep lens and camera dry. I saw a lot of photographers lower down with their cameras in plastic carrier bags, drenched through.  I think I made the right decision to stand where I did… ;-)

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