Surfeit of Surfers

Take a windy autumnal day, an off-shore wind, some acceptable waves, a stoic bunch of people with surf boards and that’s Tramore Strand.

Originally fronting a humble fishing village, it developed rapidly with the arrival of the railways in 1853 into a popular seaside resort, a place where the sea has always been a major element, for good and bad. The most disastrous and dramatic event took place in 1816, when the transport ship “Sea Horse” foundered in Tramore Bay with a battalion on board; 292 men and 71 women and children perished. The Sea Horse’s insurers, Lloyd’s of London went on to fund the erection of pillars on two headlands as a visual aid to prevent similar calamities from happening; one is the well known “Metal Man”, a 3-metre tall cast-metal figure of a sailor pointing seawards, set on one of the pillars.

Today the main marine activity is surfing, a kind of Zen experience during which one might be the only person in the history of the universe connecting with a particular pulse of energy. But maybe not on this occasion, a little too congested for an exclusive connection with Mother Nature…

2 responses to “Surfeit of Surfers”

  1. Oh and I forgot, the very first time I got published was a set of monochrome silhouette photos of surfers in Jersey. Back in the 70’s in a photography magazine. Won a postal order.The highlight of my career, downhill since! -:)

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  2. Yes, very congested. There was a great surfing beach in Jersey and rows broke out amongst the surfers for getting in the way of an otherwise perfect run!

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