Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

The instructor takes Britain’s coolest commute while driving the tidal wave home after finishing shifts at the surf school

  • Reuben Mellor-Clark, 21, rode the wave Thursday in Perranporth, Cornwall
  • He said he could not pass on the options as it only happens less than once a year
  • Phenomenon is created when waves are forced out into the river from the sea


A surf instructor has claimed Britain’s coolest commute ‘after he was pictured riding the waves home from work on a tidal wave.

Reuben Mellor-Clark, 21, had finished teaching surfing lessons at Perranporth in Cornwall when he spotted a wave on a river channel leading to the beach.

The surfable Perranporth Bore is created when waves are forced into the river from the sea, creating the possibility of a very unique mode of transport.

On Thursday, Reuben said he could not miss the opportunity to catch it for part of his trip home.

Reuben Mellor-Clark, 21, rode on the wave section of the road home after finishing work on Thursday and was momentarily caught by his aunt Kate Walsh

Reuben Mellor-Clark, 21, rode on the wave section of the road home after finishing work on Thursday and was momentarily caught by his aunt Kate Walsh

He said: ‘It was the first time I had ever done that.

‘I prefer to surf in the sea, but I liked the drilling because it’s a bit of a novelty.

‘It only happens so often that we usually only see it maybe once a year at most.

‘It probably goes for about ten meters, but it depends on the conditions.

‘You can surf it all the way down the river, which would be like a minute, but that night it wasn’t quite big enough.’

The surfer reckons he managed to stay on the wave for about ten seconds.

‘It’s a little weird, it does not feel the same, it just pushes off in a big climb, so it feels more like a manufactured wave,’ he added.

Reuben (pictured) said the opportunity to ride the wave was too good to miss as it only occurs a maximum of once a year

Reuben (pictured) said the opportunity to ride the wave was too good to miss as it only occurs a maximum of once a year

Ruben paddled in on the wave as he drove home from a coaching session and was momentarily captured by his aunt Kate Walsh.

Kate, who heads Perranporth Surf School, said: ‘I just love it when it happens, it was fun, people looked like “what the hell is he doing?”

‘We were just messing around.’

This particular wave was created by a combination of a high spring water and a large swell rolling in from storms in the Atlantic Ocean.

Large waves around the Cornish coastline have been created from the remnants of former Hurricane Sam, according to surf site Magic Seaweed.

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