There will be nothing boring about the giant waves due to sweep up the River Severn this week, as surfers prepare to take on one of the biggest swells in Gloucestershire for years.
Sunday’s Severn Bore is brewing up to be one of the biggest on record and has been given a five star rating. Saturday’s bore is also likely to be significant.
A five star wave is likely to pull in the adrenaline junkie from far and wide. On Saturday, the bore is due at Newnham on Severn at 7.52am and at will reach the Severn Bore Inn by 8.45am and Maisemore at 9.33am.
On Sunday the bore will be at Newnham at 8.35am.
Jason Potter, who runs the Severn Bore website, said: “This new interactive map will show where people can watch the wave from safely.
“This weekend promises to be the biggest we have seen in a few years. Usually the depth of the river is between 9.5-9.9 meters. On Sunday when the five star bore comes through, it will be at 10.3 metres.
“It is hard to predict how big the wave could get, as it will depend on wind and the weather conditions on the day. But it could reach six foot.
“We will be posting regular updates on our Facebook page, and there will be information on where spectators can watch the bore safely and also enjoy some of the local hostelries along the route.
“We would always advise surfers to watch the bore first if they haven’t been here before and ask the locals for their advice. You can’t see what is under the water so it can be dangerous.
“it will be better viewing downstream, as the bore heads towards Maisemore it could well be blown out or wash into the fields.
The Environment Agency has said people should expect parts of Maismore to flood and motorists should be wary of where they park their cars.
Due to the current high water levels in the River Severn, viewing will be better down stream in places like Arlingham, The white Hart Inn and Epney.
Up stream areas may not be as spectacular due to increased water levels. Spectators are advised to arrive early, to avoid missing out on one of Gloucestershire’s most famous sights.
Jason’s brother, Steve, 41, has been surfing for more than 20 years, and on the bore since 2006.
“There is a lot of camaraderie with surfers on the Severn bore. You can have 15 guys surfing the same wave. It is different to a beach break or reef wave. It is a lot slower, but it is unpredictable and there can be debris in the water. It attracts people from all over the world, last year we did some filming with some Australians. It averages 2-3 ft, but I have known it to reach five ft. It could be that big this weekend.”
Gloucester surfer Steve King holds the world record, surfing the Severn Bore for nine miles in 2006.
For update information on the bore, visit Severnbore.co.uk .