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The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that some new (and particularly summery) images have been appearing on our website and social media feeds over the past few weeks. But what goes into getting these shots? Unfortunately it’s not always as simple as just heading down to the beach to get some waves; we have to wait for a number of elements to come together, including a nice small swell with light winds, sunshine, surfers who are willing and able to wake up very early in the morning, and the right tides for the breaks where we want to shoot. We try to avoid crowds and do our best to surf at dawn so that everything is front-lit with a lovely soft light, so you can imagine that we end up spending an awful lot of time in the run-up to these shoots feverishly checking various surf and weather forecasting websites.
Thankfully, though, everything came together in mid-July and (with a little bit of burning the candle at both ends) we managed to surf on three consecutive mornings with our friends Rebecca Pepperell, Chris Brunt and Sarah Bentley. They were joined by James, Chris and also our friend Luca (who was visiting to build his own surfboard with us), which meant that the line-up was full of wooden surfboards and that Becky, Chris and Sarah could swap and change to ride whichever board they preferred. Mat swam around with his DSLR in a custom water-housing, and on the last morning we were also joined by Simon his camera and a long lens to shoot from the beach (we’re extremely fortunate to have two photographers available to us here) so that we had two angles of each wave to choose from.