Neil Purdy

 Neil Purdy, Cornwall, UK

Neil Purdy, Cornwall, UK

I am a photographer and an environmentally friendly beach artist based in Newquay, Cornwall UK.  I live close to good quality surfing breaks including Fistral Beach, the home of British surfing.  

The BBC and ITV have both used a number of my photographs in news reports and I also promote my work through social media.

 

How did you get into surf photography? I was born in London and moved to the south coast when I was 12 years old and have resided by the sea ever since and will never leave its side.  I've been living in Newquay for the past 3 years and rain or shine I'm on the beach every day either collecting materials for my art works, surfing or photographing surfers.

 The Newquay Harbour Wall Jump

The Newquay Harbour Wall Jump

My Favourite Place to Shoot? The Cribbar, Newquay, Cornwall.  Although its a rarely seen wave the Cribbar wave can be found when certain Atlantic swell conditions are right, at the north end of Fistral Beach approximately half mile off shore.  Only occurring a few times a year the Cribbar waves can reach heights of 20 to 30 foot.  According to surfing folklore it was first surfed in 1966 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.  

My Favourite Photo? The Newquay Harbour wall jumper would have to be my favourite photograph to date, not many surfers jump but there are a few that do.  I know my best picture is still out there!!

What else motivates you to take great photography? I use my photographs and artwork to promote UK surfing and have been featured by several charities such as Surfers Against Sewage and Fistral Beach Clean in local and national press.