Beyond just the physical aspects of surfing, it’s about the shared moments, laughter, and adventures with friends that make such trips truly memorable. The bond forged through these experiences often transcends the simple act of riding waves, creating lasting memories and strengthening friendships.

Embarking on a surf pilgrimage to witness the legendary Severn Bore is a dream come true for many water enthusiasts. The anticipation builds over decades, fuelled by stories of its power and allure. Tidal bores occur all around the globe and the Severn Bore is the second largest tidal Bore in the world. The Severn made even more famous after Steve King set a world record in 2006 after riding it for over an hour and covering 7.6 miles! Finally, the moment arrives, the Bore has a 5-star rating and the crew gathers with excitement, ready to embrace the adventure.

Verity & Evie jumping fences and surfing the bore.

With 4x4s loaded with gear, vans packed with boards, and photographers ready to capture the magic, the journey begins before the break of dawn. Despite the rain and the mud that seems to cling to everything, spirits remain high as everyone knows they’re about to experience something truly extraordinary.

As the crew arrives at the chosen starting point, wetsuits are quickly donned, and anticipation fills the air. There is a great mix of experienced Bore riders and complete virgins. Mixed together, enjoying the build-up and most epic mud slide down the riverbank. The muddy bums running excitedly to the join the crowd.

The crew getting ready for the river.

Will the wave arrive early, will it be late. Then, suddenly, the roar of the wave breaks through the serene morning, signalling the arrival of the legendary Severn Bore. It’s a sight and sound unlike anything else, a reminder of nature’s immense power.

As the wave approaches, time seems to slow down, but the adrenaline rush is undeniable. With only one chance to catch it, every surfer focuses on perfect timing and positioning. Then, with a surge of energy, they’re propelled forward, riding the wave for hundreds of meters, a thrilling experience that defies description. It’s the party wave of all party waves!

The wait.

But the adventure doesn’t end there. As the wave dissipates, the surfers scramble up the muddy banks, battling against the currents and debris of the river. Yet, there’s no time to dwell as it’s time to run back to the vehicles, running across the riverbanks and fields, hurling yourself and board over hedges and fences, quickly regrouping, hopping back into the vehicles and speeding off in convoy to chase the next spot along the river.

The cycle repeats, try to park anywhere in amongst the chaos, leap of over the closest fence and then avoid the tree trunks and fridges to slide down the banks. Then paddle with every last bit of energy to try and make it! Some make it in time, and some are left to head to the next location.

With only one wave every full (and new) moon it’s bound to be a busy one.

Each ride as exhilarating as the last, each moment etched into memory. It’s a day filled with laughter, camaraderie, and the shared thrill of riding one of nature’s most awe-inspiring phenomena. As the wave fades into the horizon, the crew knows that this pilgrimage to the Severn Bore was worth every moment of anticipation and every muddy step.

All that’s left to do is recount all the day’s adventures with fellow Bore riders and of course plan the next Severn wonder of the world surf trip…oh and have a long hot shower!

Next stop… Qiantang River in China aka the Silver Dragon, the largest tidal Bore in the world!