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12:11pm 2nd May 2012
(Updated 12:11pm 2nd May 2012)

Body boarders braving huge waves just inches from Newlyn Pier are facing a backlash from safety experts.

Photos of a group have turned up online.


Photo by Mike Newman, Ocean Image


Alex Wake from Penzance was among the group.

He admits it looks dangerous, but tells Pirate FM they are in control: "I wouldn't recommend it if you've just bought a bodyboard and you've never tried it before. We've all got pretty good wave knowledge and we're all pretty clued up in the sea but even for people that know what they're doing out there, I guess one wrong move and you could end up just getting crashed into the wall".



Mike Newman, Ocean Image

Surfers have hit back at claims they are being 'suicidal'. 

Steve England is Editor in Chief at Newquay based 'Carve' magazine:

"They're not surfing into the wall, they're waiting for the backwash to come back off the wall and then they're surfing that back out. But they're really very well experienced. The body boarders down in Penzance know what they're doing, a lot of them have surfed some of the biggest waves in the world, and they’ve travelled lots. They'll be surfing places live Porthleven which is really dangerous. It looks more dramatic than it actually is. It's just experienced people going out and doing what they love."

“Inexperienced surfers shouldn't go anywhere near it so don't think about going down there with your floatina or your airbed because you'll cause a massive amount of distress for the coastguard and the RNLI. Really experienced surfers, and those guys know who they are, they can go in"


12:11pm 2nd May 2012

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