Sun, Sea & Surf – A well earned trip to Cornwall

Last week, with a fantastically busy wedding season starting to wind down, it was time to get away. Over the last 12 years Cornwall has become a virtual second home to us and we always retreat there when we need to recharge the batteries. With only one day of rain and south westerly winds Neptune was kind to us and delivered plenty of swell giving us seven out of eight days surfing, absolute heaven. In the short time between surfs I managed to grab the odd shot here and there including a few experiments with shutter drag. It was nice to shoot at the beach again after such a long break although I did miss my old 100-400mm telephoto lens (business sense forced a part exchange for a faster 70-200mm, sigh!) Here’s a handful of my favourites, hope you like them…

Godrevy Lighthouse from Porthtowan

Beach Stream, Porthtowan
Porthtowan Surf
Towan Head from Little Fistral, Newquay
Looking South, Fistral, Newquay
Surfer Girl, Fistral
North Fistral
British Champion Alan Stokes getting high, North Fistral
Playing “Chicken”!
“When I grow up I want to be a surfer”…
Surfer, Little Fistral 1  (no Photoshop, straight out of camera dragging the shutter)
Surfer, Little Fistral 2
Surfer, Little Fistral 3
Zap Cats, Fistral
What boogie boards do best (apart from being excellent slalom targets)!
Nearly sunset, Chapel Porth
Ghost Mines, Chapel Porth
Last waves of the day…

If you’re thinking of visiting the “Badlands” south of Newquay check these out:  The Taphouse, St Agnes,  The Blue Bar, Porthtowan, The Driftwood Spars, Argantel S/C Accommodation, Finisterre

If you’re interested in surfing this is definitely worth checking out- some of the best I’ve ever seen: The Kelly (and Mick) Show. Filmed on the same day as some of the above shots were taken by UK surf photog Sharpy (click to visit his blog)…

An archive of my older surf images can be viewed here: Surf Pic Archive

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