The sea is both unpredictable and ever changing- and that's what makes it so magical. Surfers often describe this unique sport as an unrivalled experience and something that brings you closer to nature and the elements. The feeling of salt water on your skin, the nature of waves- it's a fickle environment to try and capture. And that's exactly why it creates such incredibly sensory images. Surf photography combines both the beauty of the ocean, and the skill and elegance of surfing. We spoke to three surf photographers who capture amazing moments on some of the UK's most beautiful beaches.
Simon Jay is a photographer based in Cornwall specialising in drone and surf photography.
Can you talk about your background and how you got into wave photography?
We moved to Cornwall 8 years ago from the South East. We wanted to live closer to the sea and have a more active and outdoor lifestyle with our two energetic young boys. We haven’t looked back really. It’s been the best move we made. I used to bodyboard a lot when I was younger and go on amazing surf trips with my friends and I hadn’t really done that since starting a family. Moving to Cornwall rekindled my interest in waves. In the autumn and winter you get some amazing swells down here and they are often way out of my league in terms of size, so I wanted to find another way to enjoy them and experience the thrill of looking at the forecast, getting my gear ready, turning up at the beach to see the swell rolling in. So I started taking photos of the waves and my passion grew from there. There are some amazing surf and wave photographers in Cornwall and I watched and learnt from them and I am hoping now I kind of have my own style. There’s nothing I love more than walking the cliffs of Cornwall on my own with my camera during a big autumn swell and howling winter storm.