By Katy Cowan
Every May, there’s a night surf event at Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall where the very best of the world’s surfers get suited up and venture out to ride the dark, moonlit waves. It’s an exciting two-day competition that takes place under the fluorescent glow of special floodlights set up along the beach.
In 2015, London documentary photographer Liam Aylott captured the surfers as they prepared for the contest: “The build-up to the competition was great – many surfers and their families and friends would gather round to share fish and chips, and drinks. As the fog rolled in there was much talk as to whether the competition would happen or not – hourly updates were given and at points it did not look promising as you could not even see the water through the fog until you were a few meters away.
“To the joy of the locals and tourists it went ahead, albeit in tough conditions. The locals really seem to rally around for these kinds of events and you could feel the anxiety when there was a possibility of it not happening due to the fog.”
Read more here:: The Night Surfers of Cornwall: Moonlight photography by Liam Aylott