Farewell Dave Gray

More than 80 surfers paddled out at Compton today to say goodbye to Dave Gray with many others lining the cliff tops to give him a really great send off

Dave Gray R.I.P.

I asked Dave Gray if he would let me interview him for Wight Surf History and eventually he sent me this. We actually planned to do a proper interview and he was going to dig out some old photos but sadly it never happened. A history of surfing on the I.O.W. by David...

Wight Surf History Prints part of the Big Art Auction

Wight Surf History has donated two framed photographs from it's exhibitions which were on show at Dimbola, Sandpipers Hotel and The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar to the Big Art Auction. The Big Art Auction is the start of Wight Trash Skateboards and Ventnor Skate Park...

Sid Pitman R.I.P.

Sid Pitman sadly passed away while on holiday in the Mediterranean last week. Sid will be greatly missed by the whole Isle of Wight Surfing Community.  Are thoughts at this time are with Sid's wife Jan. Sid started body boarding during the early sixties with a...

Lone Surfer at Freshwater Bay

Will Rome took on the lumps at Freshwater Bay this morning getting a couple of nice waves.
IOW Surf Club Skateboarding

IOW Surf Club Skateboarding

Roger Powley, Mike Smith and Neil Fordham started going to the castle car park to skate. They originally went skateboarding at Shanklin Old Village car park Other sites Roger remembers are the entrance to Blackgang Chine by the pirate figure, St. Marys roundabout...

Always Smiling – Lee Sheaff

Always Smiling – Lee Sheaff

On Sunday 29th September the Isle of Wight Surfing Community came together to paddle out at Whitecliff Bay as a tribute for Lee Sheaff who very sadly passed away earlier this year. About 60 people came from all over to paddle out at 5pm to form a circle in remembrance...

Porbeagle Tag found on SAS Beach Clean

Porbeagle Tag found on SAS Beach Clean

During a beach clean at Compton last year organised by Surfers Against Sewage local surfer Jamie Currie and his daughter olivia found this satellite tag. Jamie managed to contact the tagging company and received an email from a Gérard Biais from La Rochelle; The tag...

A Look at the Caribbean by Rob Ward

A Look at the Caribbean by Rob Ward

The Circumnavigation of ORINOCO FLO Part 3 by Rob Ward Marigot Bay, St Martin – Ansedes Colombiers, St Barts (A couple of days in the Caribbean) We arrived at St Martin’s by way of a stonking 13 knot close reach under jib and reefed main to Barbuda from Antigua. And...

Round the World Surf Charter by Rob Ward

Round the World Surf Charter by Rob Ward

The Circumnavigation of Orinoco Flo Part 2 by Rob Ward PART ONE FINISHED happily in Bayona on January 17th. The ‘Bay of Biscuit’ (Hils) had done its worst and the ship of fools had sailed into northern Spain on the back of a northeasterly gale with all nine relieved...

The Circumnavigation of Orinoco Flo by Rob Ward

The Circumnavigation of Orinoco Flo by Rob Ward

The Circumnavigation of Orinoco Flo Part 1 by Rob Ward I BUILT Orinoco Flo in the years 1992-4 with a small gang of young helpers. The circumnavigation took the form of an extended charter to help pay the bills. It was a long one - 35,500 miles. And it took us into...

Crossing The Atlantic – Part 3 by Rob Ward

Crossing The Atlantic – Part 3 by Rob Ward

Crossing the Atlantic and Returning Home (The Midnight Hour - Part 3) From-Multihull International, August 1990 By Rob Ward Antigua - Flores (Azores) initially making for Bermuda Having returned to Antigua for the second time from the Grenadines and many strange and...

The Midnight Hour – Part 2 by Rob Ward

The Midnight Hour – Part 2 by Rob Ward

The Next 5, 000 Miles (The Midnight Hour - Part 2) From-Multihull International, July 1990 By Rob Ward This is written in Prickly Bay, Grenada. The Midnight Hour arrived in Barbados a week ago. We stopped in Bequia and Martinique and then took our charterers to their...

Matt Harwood through to Round 3

Matt Harwood through to Round 3

Isle of Wight Surfer Matt Harwood part of the England team competing in the Azores for Eurosurf 2013 has made it through to Round 3. Matt a late call up for the England Team is competing against some of the best surfers Europe has to offer. You can watch Matt live at...

Surfers Against Sewage Beach Clean

Surfers Against Sewage Beach Clean

SAS BEACH CLEAN Sunday 15th September (10am-12noon) at Grange Chine then Freshwater Bay (2pm-4pm) Come and do your bit! Surfers Against Sewage believe protecting our beaches from marine litter needs year-round volunteer action. This September sees the launch of the...

Perfect Day for Girls Surfing Lessons

Perfect Day for Girls Surfing Lessons

A perfect day for girls surfing lessons at Yaverland. Thanks to Chris Mannion - iSurf and to The West Wight Landscape Partnership for putting this on. www.iowsurf.com/ SURF LESSONS AND SUP LESSONS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT iSurf is the island’s only fully mobile surf...

Lee Sheaff

Lee Sheaff

We received some very sad news last week that Lee Sheaff passed away last Sunday due to complications with his cancer. Below are words from friends and fellow surfers and some great pics of Sheaffy in action. Paul Blackley I didn't know Lee well but would bump into...

Through a Liquid Mirror – Wayne Levin

Through a Liquid Mirror – Wayne Levin

'Through a Liquid Mirror' an Exhibition by Wayne Levin Internationally acclaimed Photographer, Wayne Levin from Hawaii has brought his exhibition all the way to Dimbola Museum and Galleries on the Isle of Wight. Wayne started out with a Brownie Camera and started...

SAS Beach Clean Success

SAS Beach Clean Success

In the freezing cold arctic conditions a team of volunteers took to Compton beach with bin bags and lots of enthusiasm to get their beach clean. Amazing work. 27 full bags brought up to the car-park and a further 19 left for the National Trust to pick-up with their...

Surfs Up for Freshwater Parish Council

Last night the Freshwater Parish Council invited Paul Blackley to be guest speaker at their Annual General meeting at Freshwater Memorial Hall. Paul showed the Councillors and members of the public a slideshow of images taken form the recent Exhibition at Dimbola...

1968 Isle of Wight French Surf Trip

An Isle of Wight Surf trip to France in 1968 remembered by Graham Sorensen who shared a campsite and waves in a field along with Bob Ward, Elizabeth, Angus, Hutch, Mo, Trevor, Dita and Pat.  Traveled in a green kombi van with a kiwi emblem drawn on the front. Taken in...