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Talented Swansea Photographer Shortlisted in National Surf Photography Competition


A Swansea-based photographer has been shortlisted in the Carve x Offshore surf photography competition, organised by prestigious international surf magazine Carve and Cornwall-based Sharp’s Brewery.

The stunning shot, which was taken in Broadhaven, Pembrokeshire, was taken by Carys Griffiths and features a surfer in the midst of mesmerising offshore waves and glorious sunshine. Carys runs her own business where she designs and makes surf bikinis and strives to get into the sea as much as she possibly can.

The competition was open to British and Irish photographers, both amateurs and professionals, based all across the world. The photograph had to be previously unpublished and taken within the last year.

Both Carve and Sharp’s Brewery got together at The Slope Beach Bar and Kitchen on Great Western Beach in Newquay to celebrate the end of the competition, enjoy refreshing Offshore pilsner and tasty Slope burgers to the backdrop of a colourful sunset and perfect surf.

Adorning the walls of The Slope were 15 of the very best shots from British surf photographers based all across the globe, including Carys’. The location was the perfect spot as Great Western Beach is considered to be the original centre of British surf culture since the 1960s.

Carys Griffiths said:

“Photographing surfers in the waves is one of my absolute favourite things to do and to see my photo printed in Carve surfing magazine means a lot to me. I have been interested in photography since my teenage years and have been self-teaching myself ever since. Thank you so much to both Carve magazine and Sharp’s Brewery for shortlisting my photo.”

Steve England, director at Orca Publications, said:

“We love celebrating British talent, whether they are surfers or photographers. Showcasing our unique surfing culture is what Carve magazine is all about and we love giving a unique voice to the talent that is out there. On behalf of both Carve and Sharp’s, we want to say a particular thanks to Carys for sending in your amazing photo. We loved the perspective. South Wales has produced some great surfers and photographers and it is great to see that continuing”

James Nicholls, marketing controller at Sharp’s Brewery, said:

“Our longstanding relationship with Carve is one that we’re absolutely thrilled about and we couldn’t ask for a better link up for Offshore. When our team sat down to select our favourite shots from the competition, we found that it certainly wasn’t an easy task and Carys’ shot was way up there. The photo just perfectly captures the force and power of the surfer as well as the serenity surfing can bring when the wind goes offshore. Well done Carys!”

Carys’ shortlisted photo from the Carve x Offshore surf photography competition is featured in issue 197 of Carve magazine. Pick up your copy from a local retailer or order from