The 'Wight Surf History' Project aims to document and celebrate 50 years of surfing on the Isle of Wight. This site tells the story of how surfing arrived and evolved on the Isle of Wight, and the characters involved over the years. The work of Jason Swain & Paul Blackley, two local artists and surfers, has played a strong role in the project. The island's popular beaches are accessible year-round and the Isle of Wight self catering options are abundant, making the planning of a surfing trip effortless. If you wish to discuss the project, please contact Paul Blackley

Wight Surf History
Wight Surf History
Wight Surf History
Wight Surf History
Wight Surf History

The Sixties

Rusty Long

Russell ‘Rusty’ Long was one of the first to ever surf on the Island and became one of t…

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The Seventies

1978 South Coast Contest

Wight Surf History have been given some great pics taken by Rog Powley of the 1978 South Coast Conte…

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The Eighties

IOW Surf Club Guide to Learning to Surf

I have been very kindly lent the IOW Surf Club’s 1983 guide to ‘Starting Surfing’ …

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The Nineties

Surfer’s and Dogs Delight

A postcard found on ebay by Len Parker (now in Florida) titled ‘Surfer’s and Dogs Deligh…

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The Noughties

Farewell Dave Gray

More than 80 surfers paddled out at Compton today to say goodbye to Dave Gray with many others linin…

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