Instructor takes Britain’s coolest ride as he returns home through the tidal bore after completing his shift at surf school
- Reuben Mellor-Clark, 21, rode the wave on Thursday in Perranporth, Cornwall
- He said he couldn’t pass up an opportunity as it only happens less than once a year
- The phenomenon is created when the waves are pressed into the river from the ocean
A surf instructor has claimed Britain’s ‘coolest ride’ after he was pictured walking home from work on a river tidal bore.
Reuben Mellor-Clark, 21, had finished giving surf lessons in Perranporth in Cornwall when he spotted a wave in the channel of a river leading to the beach.
The surfable Perranporth Bore is created when the waves are pressed into the river from the ocean, creating the opportunity for a very unique mode of transportation.
On Thursday, Reuben said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to catch it during part of his journey home.
Reuben Mellor-Clark, 21, rode the wave on his way home after completing work on Thursday and the moment was captured by his aunt Kate Walsh
He said: “It was my first time doing it.
“I prefer to surf at sea but I liked the boron because it’s a bit of a novelty.
“It only happens once in a while, we normally only see it once a year at most.
“It’s probably about ten meters, but it depends on the conditions.
“You can surf all the way down the river, which would take about a minute, but that night it wasn’t big enough.”
The surfer estimates that he managed to stay on the wave for about ten seconds.
“It’s a little weird, it doesn’t look the same, it just grows in a big wave so it looks more like a fabricated wave,” he added.
Reuben (pictured) said the opportunity to ride the wave is too good to be missed as it only happens once a year at most
Ruben rowed the wave as he returned home from a coaching session, and the moment was captured by his aunt Kate Walsh.
Kate, who runs the Perranporth Surf School, said: “I love it when it happens, it was hilarious, people were looking like ‘what is he doing?’
“We were just messing around. “
This particular wave was created by a combination of a high spring tide and a large swell from Atlantic storms.
The big waves around the Cornish coast were created from the remnants of old Hurricane Sam, according to the surfing website Magic Seaweed.