Isle of Wight Surf Photography with Soul

Photos from the Isle of Wight's best surf breaks

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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

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...

Surfing at Compton Beach

Surfing at Compton Beach by Jason Swain. A Telephoto Surfing Vertorama (Vertical Panorama) shot at Compton Beach in the West Wight during the great swell we had over the 2013 Easter weekend. You can see the Dorset coast around Swanage (also known as the Isle of...

Big Easter Swell at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight (part two)

Big Easter Swell at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight by Jason Swain. Yesterday i promised some photos without Alan Reed in them, so here's a little update with part two of my photo blog from yesterdays 'Big Easter' swell at Compton (but if you look carefully he's still...

Wave of the day – Big Easter Swell on the Isle of Wight

Wave of the day  by Jason Swain. Bad timing for me to get another cold just as a pumping swell arrived on the Isle of Wight for the Easter bank holiday weekend, and although i've surfed through a few colds and lurgies this winter, something about this one made me stay...

Snow Waves on the Isle of Wight.

Snow Waves on the Isle of Wight by Jason Swain. A series of photos from the snow episode that took place on the Isle of Wight in early March 2013. The south of the Island got a good covering of snow (up to 10cm) but blown by ferocious north-easterly winds, there were...

Soulsurfing – Movement and Composition

Soulsurfing - Movement and Composition by Jason Swain. Continuing my recent theme of trying to create surfing photos that have a little bit more to them, some sense of the time and place they were taken. A silhouetted flock of passing guls, a setting sun, a lone...

One last wave before the sun goes down at Freshwater Bay.

One last wave before the sun goes down by Jason Swain. Taken from last nights photo-shoot with WightPod at Freshwater Bay. The subject is my mate Ian Pacey catching one last wave before the sun finally disappeared over the horizon. There were tricky shooting condtions...

Snow and Surf on the Isle of Wight

You should have STAYED yesterday by Jason Swain. It's not often we get the combination of Snow and Surf on the Isle of Wight, and even less often when its good clean solid groundswell at Freshwater Bay. So with limited time on my hands because of work commitments i...

Cold water surfing – Between a rock and a cold place

Cold water surfing - Between a rock and a cold place by Jason Swain. Another from yesterdays winter surf session at Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight. Taken shortly after i got out from surfing myself. Standing on the rocks we call the cabbage patch on the right hand side...

Winter Surfing at Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight.

Winter Surfing at Freshwater Bay by Jason Swain. Ten frame panorama of surfing at Freshwater Bay. Shot whilst standing out on the cabbage patch (reef) whilst still in my wetsuit soon after getting out myself. There's still snow on the hills and it was pretty chilly...

Kitesurfing Isle of Wight – Tom court in action at Compton Bay

Kitesurfing Isle of Wight by Jason Swain. Local kite-boarder Tom Court doing his thing at Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight back in September 2012. Shot with the Sigma 50-500mm telephoto lens (at 75mm) on a Canon 7d camera body, exif data = f6.3 at 1/500 Kitesurfing...

Surfing on the Isle of Wight – YSHBHY #5

Surfing on the Isle of Wight - YSHBHY #5 by Jason Swain (Alt title = You should have been here yesterday in February 2010!) So, its January 2013 now, nearly three years later, and I've finally found the time to go back and have a look at all the shots i took over 5...

Shooting from the Cliffs – Surf photography at Freshwater Bay

Shooting from the Cliffs - Surf photography at Freshwater Bay by Jason Swain. I stopped by at Freshwater Bay on my way home from indoor cricket last Sunday to do a quick surf check and spotted two very lucky people in the sea, who were the only ones out there just as...

Winter Surf check at Compton Bay

Winter Surf check at Compton Bay by Jason Swain. We've all been there, driven all the way to Compton Bay, and no matter how long you look at it, the swell's just not picking up and its so cold that the knee high glassy peelers just cant tempt you in. If it was the...

Longboarding on the Isle of Wight

Longboarding on the Isle of Wight by Jason Swain. Plenty of people come on an Isle of Wight holiday in the summertime looking for waves, but the reality is that its 'out of season' when the island really gets its best waves. You might get the occasional bit of...

Easy on Surfing – The Surf Jimmy

The Surf Jimmy review by Jason Swain. Sometimes an idea is so simple and so clever you kick yourself for not thinking of it yourself, i think i'll have to put the easy-on surf Jimmy in that Category. It's one of those things that at first glance you wonder what the...

Endless summer – Isle of Wight style in November

Endless summer - Isle of Wight style in November by Jason Swain. After months of blogging a fews weeks AFTER the event, I've got my act together and today's post actually happened today! Lovely waves this morning at Compton Bay, nice clean groundswell with just a...

Dancing in the dark – Surf photo gallery from Freshwater Bay

Dancing in the dark By Jason Swain. Apologies as I'm a bit late in getting round to posting the images here, but its been a very busy last few weeks for me with lots of weddings, parties and business events to photograph (you can have a look at the gallery page on my...

O’Neill wetsuits

It goes without saying that O’Neill is one of the most recognisable surf brands out there-they’ve built their reputation up into possibly the most well-known suppliers of quality suits, used the world over. So why are they so popular? Firstly most O’Neill suits have...

Sundown Surfer – One more wave at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight.

Sundown Surfer - One more wave By Jason Swain. Beautiful light and fun little waves at Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight from a week ago now, this was the last evening of that swell and those still out on the final session weres squeezing every last drop of juice...

Bokeh Surfing on the Isle of Wight

Bokeh Surfing on the Isle of Wight by Jason Swain. After a very long time with hardly any decent surfing at all, during the summer months here on the Isle of Wight, (a choice i made through a combination of rubbish blown-out waves out west, and being too busy to be...