Cornish sunset wave photographs

Photo Cornwall sun down waves

Pictures of the sunrise and sunset taken from inside the barrel of a wave offer a rare view of the British coastline, usually reserved for only the most courageous surfers.

Surf photographer Callum Morse, 22, has spent five years photographing sunrises and sunsets from inside the tubes of wave.

Mr Morse, a surfing instructor, takes stunning pictures offer a unique view of the Cornish coastline from the perspective of a surfer.

Mr Morse, of St Ives, said: “I’m addicted to trying to get the perfect shot and that’s what keeps me out in the waves.

“It is grey most of the time in Cornwall but it can look quite tropical especially when the sun is coming up.

“A lot of people are surprised to find out that my pictures were taken in the UK – people think these pictures must have been taken in Hawaii or the Canary Islands.

“Even the local surfers who know the coast here better than anyone think they could not have been taken in Cornwall.”

Mr Morse takes pictures all over Cornwall and sells calendars featuring his pictures. Some of his snaps hang in local restaurants and hotels.

The committed photographer often spends five hours in the water waiting to capture the perfect picture from inside a wave.

Mr Morse said: “I’m rarely out of the sea. I’m either in the water or in the pub.

“I try and wait for the magic hour – the hour around sunrise and the hour around sunset.

“This means I’ll get in the water when its dark and get straight in the sea to wait for the sun to come up.

“I can be in the water for hours – basically until I fill up my memory card.”

The bold wave-rider said he has been severely injured while trying to photograph the crashing waves.

“To take the pictures you need to stand right in the impact zone, the area where the wave curls over,” he said.

“If you want to get the shot you have to put yourself in a position where you will get crumpled up on the beach or smashed up into the sand.

“I split my head open with the waterproof housing on my camera once. The wave hit the camera and the camera hit me in the face and I caught the sharp edge of the housing.

“Sometimes I shoot on a shallow reef, so when the wave hits I get smashed into the rocks.

“It doesn’t deter me at all because I love getting the pictures, and who cares about a few scratches and bumps?”

More high resolution pictures are available on request. To discuss rates for using pictures and copy, contact news editor Tom Knight on 07815 004413 or tom@medavia.co.uk.

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