Isle of Wight Surf Photography with Soul

Photos from the Isle of Wight's best surf breaks

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SUP, Kitesurfing & Bodyboarding

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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

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...

SUP at Freshwater Bay

A little photo blog featuring an unknown SUP at Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight earlier this week by Jason Swain. I spent a few hours at the bay on Monday waiting for the tide to drop and the right hand break to start working after a big high tide and 2-3m swell....

Wild Wight Water – Kite-surfing at Freshwater Bay

Wild Wight Water - Kite-surfing at Freshwater Bay by Jason Swain. Extreme Kitebaording action from earlier today at Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight, before the St Jude Storm hit. Shot with the Sigma 50-500mm telephoto lens on a Canon 6d camera body. Exif data =...

September Sessions – Surfing on the Isle of Wight.

September Sessions - Surfing on the Isle of Wight by Jason Swain. It's a bit of a cliche with UK surfers in general and I think Isle of Wight surfers in particular, but every year we wait through the doldrums of all those endless long summer months of clam seas,...

Guest Wetsuit Review

Wetsuits for summer and winter When it comes to choosing the perfect wetsuit, there are so many things to consider and look for in a design that’s it’s easy to get confused as to which one is best for you. Veterans of the wave will know that when you’re looking for a...

Easy Ways to Waterproof Your Camera

Guest blog on easy ways to waterproof your Camera for Surf photography. Before you start shooting, the first thing to consider is the location, Cornwall and Devon is definitely off of your list because it’s pretty much saturated by those huge crowds during the...

The last swell of a long Winter on the Isle of Wight?

The last swell of a long Winter on the Isle of Wight? by Jason Swain.  I don't know about you, but for me the winter of 2013 seemed like it would never end, and whilst for most people in the UK that was seen as very bad thing, but for surfers here on the Isle of Wight...

West Wight Wipeout

West Wight Wipeout by Jason Swain. Alan Reed practising his diving skills during a recent swell at Compton Bay, West Wight. Just one shot taken from a little series of photos of surfing when things don't quite go according to plan... Shot with the Sigma 50-500mm...

Compton Surf Check

Compton Surf Check by Jason Swain. Plenty more waves arrived on the Isle of Wight with the new swell today, but this photo was taken on the Easter weekend at Compton Bay It's part of my latest series of photos, where i'm looking a bit more at the people who surf and...