Isle of Wight Surf Photography with Soul

Photos from the Isle of Wight's best surf breaks

Surf Blogs and Surfing Gear reviews

SUP, Kitesurfing & Bodyboarding

But mostly surfing!

ISLE OF WIGHT SURF PHOTOGRAPHY WITH SOUL

Welcome to the Isle of Wight Surf Photography blog and website of West Wight photographer Jason Swain. As well as occasional ramblings on all things surf related, the website is designed to be a showcase of my surf photography & promote the beauty of surfing the Isle of Wight and around the English coastline. The Majority of photos are from my local breaks of Freshwater Bay and Compton Bay. It’s also grown over the years to include a few product reviews (surf or photography related), some of my favourite surf related videos and also photos of Kitesurfing and SUP and other water-sports that take place on the IOW when we’re not surfing.

The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun

Phil Edwards

Groundbreaking regularfooter from Dana Point,

If in doubt, paddle out.

Nat Young

Australian surfer and author

There is not one right way to ride a wave

Jamie O'Brien

Professional surfer from North Shore, Hawaii

Maldives Surf Photo Blog – Part two: Coke’s

Part two of my Maldives surf blogs is from a little Dhoni trip up to the right hand reef break known as Coke's (named after the coca-cola bottling factory that was on the island). The day started with a fairly humbling beating in big surf at first light on Lohi's, i...

Long Way Round

An accidental adventure. Summertime on the Isle of Wight and it seems like forever since we've had a decent groundswell (there's been a few days of windswell which can be fun in it's own way, but it's not the same) and so without surfing I need to get my saltwater fix...

Surf’s Up! Isle of Wight County Press.

After seven consecutive days of surfing, often very good and sometimes amazing waves (and mostly pretty cold), I’m feeling physically broken but super-stoked. It’s pretty rare to get such a good run of solid clean waves here on the Isle of Wight, and all the hardcore...

Maldives Surf Photo Blog – Part one: Lohi’s

Spurred on by finally creating another Isle of Wight surf blog, i'm now catching up with a few photo blogs from my trip to the Maldives back in October. Part one is from the first day at Lohis, the left hand home reef break of the resort island Hudhuranfushi. Standout...

Finally another Isle of Wight Surf photo blog.

It’s been a while since i’ve blogged anything, and about a year since there’s been a proper Isle of Wight Surf photo blog on the site. Loads of reasons, too busy working, surfing instead of taking pics whenever we had a swell, a bit of SUPing during the summer,...

A secret affair with Stand Up Paddle Boarding

The story of a gradual warming to Stand Up Paddle Boarding and a beginners thoughts on sharing waves in these increasingly crowded times. I wasn’t exactly trying very hard to hide it, but I also wasn’t wanting to shout about it too much either, seeing as i’ve had some...

Glassy Peelers

After many months of not taking any surf photos, I'm back shooting for the second day in a row. Work has been so busy lately that I usually manage to get a quick surf and that's it, no time to hang around snapping, but this weekend worked out a bit better with me...

Passing the baton – October Swell

Today felt like family day down at the beach, after the bigger October swell earlier in the week (Tuesday was the standout day with consistent clean overhead waves and occasionally bigger sets) there was a relaxed vibe at Compton Bay as all sorts of wave riding...

Sorensen Surf Watch Review

So, I've been asked to do a Sorensen Surf Watch Review, and the first thing to say is that I don’t like wearing a watch, never have done, in or out of the water, same with jewellery, rings, earrings, chains etc, it's all stuff that just gets in the way for me.  The...

Sharing the line-up at Compton Bay

OK, this is not strictly a surf blog, but i've not written anything on the site for so long that any excuse to write a new blog has to be taken, and it does feature a few surfers and a longboard so that will have to do for now as its the middle of summer and we're not...

The Giant Surfing Dog Photobomb Incident.

Is it a giant dog or are they just tiny surfers? you decide... A few seconds after shooting a recent surfer silhouette shot, I got this great photobomb from a passing canine on Compton Beach, Isle of Wight. Shot with the Sigma 12-24mm wide angle lens on a Canon 6D....

The November Swell (part two)

Following up the earlier blog celebrating the final days of Autumn 2014, where we had almost a whole week of clean surf on the south-west of the Isle of Wight. Here's the photos i hadn't had the time to really look at first time round. This selection is maybe not as...

Autumn swell (part one) – November goes out with a bang!

The final days of Autumn 2014 delivered almost a week (5 out of 6 days anyway) of clean surf on the south-west facing beaches and reefs of the Isle of Wight. It wasn’t always big, and it wasn’t always classic, but it was a lovely little run of Autumn swell which...

The Hunt for Hipmasama – Ventnor Arts Club

On Friday the 21st November 2014 the Ventnor Arts Club will be showing the 'Best British Surf Film 2014'  The Hunt for Hipmasama by Oli Adams. (It won best British Film at the very recent London Surf Film Festival.) There will also be one other ‘cold water’ surf film...

Summers over, the Autumn swells are here.

It's been a long time coming but I've finally got around to making a new surfing photo blog to share. The last one was posted back in April, with the final winter swell exploding on our shores, dramatically captured in a series i dubbed the 'big tuesday' blogs....

Streamlining my winter surf changing experience.

When the people at blackleaf.com got in touch asking if i’d review the Northcore changing mat/bag and beach basha (changing robe) for the soulsurfing blog I was initially a bit reluctant, seeing as i already had a perfectly good moonbag and a Billabong changing robe...

Big Tuesday – The third and final part (three)

Right, due to popular demand (which means one person, Lee Webster, asked for it) here's the third and final photo-blog from that big session at Freshwater Bay a few weeks ago that I've since been calling 'Big Tuesday' No more talking, just more photos 🙂 Click on any...

Big Tuesday (part two)

Big Tuesday (part two) by Jason Swain. A few more photos from Tuesday 25th March 2014, another great day of surf at Freshwater Bay in a winter that has delivered so many good waves to the coast of the Isle of Wight. (You can see part one here) Click on any picture to...

Big Tuesday (part one)

Big Tuesday by Jason Swain. Well the light wasn’t as good for photography as during the last big swell but the waves were every bit as good, and at times during the day maybe even bigger. Various reports of broken boards and leashes during the day, bodies dragged...

Dawn Patrol (part two)

I'm not sure how many parts there will be in total 🙂 Dawn Patrol (part tow) by Jason Swain. And it's photo blog number four from the swell that keeps on giving! Surfed some lovely clean waves today (wednesday)  but no photos, these are still shots from the mornings...

Dawn Patrol at Freshwater Bay (part one)

Dawn Patrol by Jason Swain. The third photo blog in as many days with a few photos from this mornings low tide surfing at Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight. Lots more to come... All photos shot with the Sigma 5o-500mm telephoto lens on a Canon 6d camera body, mostly...

Al’s last wave

Another day and another decent swell at Freshwater Bay by Jason Swain. It's always a struggle thinking of new themes and titles for these surfing photo blogs, especially when they are pretty much always about the same thing (surfing on the Isle of Wight) but todays...

Surfing the last day of the 2013/14 Winter at Freshwater Bay

Surfing The last day Winter at Freshwater Bay by Jason Swain. Some photos from a day that offered waves from first light to last light, sometimes huge and sometimes perfect, but always pretty good. These were all shot around 1pm at Freshwater Bay just before i got in...

Before Hercules

Before Hercules by Jason Swain. We've had such a run of storms and swell lately that they are tending to all merge into one, but this one was easier to remember as it was the last swell to hit the Isle of Wight before 'Hercules' arrived. An early morning session at...

Freshwater Bay Surfing Panorama

Freshwater Bay Surfing Panorama by Jason Swain. A little bit of surf action from this morning (Sunday 5th January) at Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight. They weren't the greatest waves and it wasn't the greatest light, but they were having fun surfing and I enjoyed...

Low tide surfing at Freshwater Bay

Low tide surfing at Freshwater Bay photo blog by Jason Swain. A few shots of Tom Court, Sam Scadgell and friends having a bit of low-tide fun at Freshwater Bay this afternoon. The swell had really dropped off from the sizeable chunks that were coming through in the...

The Solo Surfer

The Solo Surfer by Jason swain. A little photo blog from the other day at Freshwater Bay, when the wind stopped blowing so hard, just for a few hours, and one solo surfer (Will Rome) managed to get in and grab a few waves before it all got onshore and blown out again....

The Longboarder

The Longboarder by Jason Swain. A lone longboarder (Will Rome) enjoying some winter groundswell all by himself at Freshwater Bay earlier this week. Shot with the Sigma 50-500mm telephoto lens on the Canon 6D camera body. Exif Data = f/8.0 at 1/1000 287mm iso500 Took...