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St Ives postman Martin Yelland's spectacular surf pictures are making waves

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

  • The best shot of the lot? Mark Baker from Carbis Bay captured in action on Scotland's north coast. Martin Yelland.

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WAVE – you're on camera. A St Ives postman and dedicated bodyboarder could develop a second career after snapping these images of the sport around Cornwall's beaches and beyond.

Martin Yelland, a regular bodyboarder at Porthmeor and other key boarding haunts, made a film of him and his mates hitting key spots like Indonesia, Lanzarote, Scotland and Yorkshire in 2008.

The film, Postcodes, sold nearly 500 copies on DVD.

But it is Martin's still photographs that really catch the eye – combining the beauty of Cornwall's waves and seascapes with the excitement and adrenalin of bodyboarding, all from a boarders' viewpoint.

Martin said: "I made the bodyboarding film in 2008 and it sold nearly 500 copies. We called it Postcodes because it was filmed all over – I went to Indonesia, Lanzarote, Scotland and Yorkshire with a bunch of mates – and, of course, because I'm a postman.

"But I got fed up with filming and started taking stills and then got a water-housing for my camera. That's when I started to come up with pictures that people really liked.

"It's not glamorous; it's cold and wet and there are a lot of things that can go against you getting the shot you want – someone might pull out of a wave, the wave might not do what you expect, it might be raining ... and you might mess up the camera. And once it's in the waterproof housing you can't change it easily."

But when it does work the effect is magical, as the pictures on this page show.

Martin can be seen around west Cornwall – and often as far afield as Scotland – and is in the water as much as four or five times a week when the weather is right.

He said: "I don't actually get on the bodyboard much any more, I just take pictures.

"It's often of my mates and very few people mind … it's quite a community, bodyboarding and surfing in west Cornwall, and most people know each other where I go."

Martin says the best pictures come from the north of Scotland and his favourite place for bodyboarding photography in Cornwall is Porthmeor, but there is a suspicion he is just making sure his regular breaks don't get overcrowded.

You can find more of Martin's pictures – and contact him – through his Facebook page.

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