Surfers and wave-watchers were given a treat this weekend with blue skies and huge barrels rolling into Croyde, Woolacombe and Putsborough.

The giant waves at Croyde on Saturday. Picture: Simon StuartThe giant waves at Croyde on Saturday. Picture: Simon Stuart

The waves, with some estimated to be up to 20 ft, were much larger than the average surf forecast for the North Devon beach.

Trev ‘Toes’ Lumley, who runs Eyeball Surf Check in Woolacombe, said it was rare to have spring tides, big swell and good weather all together at this time of year.

“Big waves aren’t unusual in February, but to have them with sunshine is,” he told the Gazette.

The waves in Woolacombe on Friday. Picture: Trev 'Toes' LumleyThe waves in Woolacombe on Friday. Picture: Trev 'Toes' Lumley

“Normally we’ll have big surf like this for a day or two, but this has been almost every day for two weeks.

“Everyone has been trying to make the most of it, but all the surfers’ arms are beginning to ache.”

According to Trev, the huge swells have been caused by a combination of big swells and a series of low pressure on the other side of the Atlantic.

Surfers take on the giant waves at Croyde on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Matthew LavisSurfers take on the giant waves at Croyde on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Matthew Lavis

The extra-low spring tides have also changed the shape of the beaches, creating sandbars which have pushed the surf up.

“Which is why a 6-8ft swell can look like a 10-12ft swell,” said Trev.

“With light off-shore winds making the waves stand up longer before they break, and the sunshine cleaning the waves up, it’s just the perfect combination.

The waves at Putsborough on Saturday. Picture: Surf Development UKThe waves at Putsborough on Saturday. Picture: Surf Development UK

“The weather has certainly made them look even more magnificent.”

Trev said with half term the beaches have been busy, though even the more experienced surfers haven’t always dared to enter the water.

“Spots like Lynmouth and Putsborough, which are usually smaller, are looking quite attractive,” said Trev.

Surfers take on the giant waves at Croyde on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Matthew LavisSurfers take on the giant waves at Croyde on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Matthew Lavis

“We don’t tell people not to go in but there have certainly been days when we’ve urged people to be cautious.”

Surf website Magicseaweed describes the beach as having ‘world-class, A-Frame barrels’ and ‘probably the best beachbreak in the UK on its day’.

From the safety of dry land, many photogaphers also managed to capture the glossy waves coming in.

The waves in Woolacombe on Friday. Picture: Trev 'Toes' LumleyThe waves in Woolacombe on Friday. Picture: Trev 'Toes' Lumley

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The waves at Croyde on Saturday - 'Mother Nature has been delivering the goods lately'. Picture: Surfing Croyde BayThe waves at Croyde on Saturday - 'Mother Nature has been delivering the goods lately'. Picture: Surfing Croyde Bay

The waves at Putsborough on Saturday. Picture: Surf Development UKThe waves at Putsborough on Saturday. Picture: Surf Development UK

Surfers take on the giant waves at Croyde on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Matthew LavisSurfers take on the giant waves at Croyde on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Matthew Lavis

The waves in Woolacombe on Friday. Picture: Trev 'Toes' LumleyThe waves in Woolacombe on Friday. Picture: Trev 'Toes' Lumley

The waves at Croyde on Saturday - 'Mother Nature has been delivering the goods lately'. Picture: Surfing Croyde BayThe waves at Croyde on Saturday - 'Mother Nature has been delivering the goods lately'. Picture: Surfing Croyde Bay

The giant waves at Croyde on Saturday. Picture: Simon StuartThe giant waves at Croyde on Saturday. Picture: Simon Stuart

Surfers take on the giant waves at Croyde on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Matthew LavisSurfers take on the giant waves at Croyde on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Matthew Lavis

The waves at Putsborough on Saturday. Picture: Surf Development UKThe waves at Putsborough on Saturday. Picture: Surf Development UK