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St Ives postie Martin's posting some awesome body boarding pictures

By CMScott  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

By Scott Hamilton

  • Close up of Tom Myers at Porthmeor

  • Mitch Holmes during Hercules

  • Chris Fletcher from Penzance

  • An empty Porthmeor...

  • ...and an empty wave

  • Mark Baker from Carbis Bay in Scotland

  • Tom Myers at Porthmeor

  • "Green Army" (Martin's an Argyle fan, obviously)

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

Martin Yelland, a regular body boarder 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 adrenaline of body boarding, all from a boarders’ eye view.

Martin said: “I made a body boarding 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.

“I got fed up of filming and starting taking stills and 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 water-proof housing you can’t change it easily.”

But when it does work the effect is magical, as these pictures 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 body board so much anymore as take pictures. It’s often of my mates but very few people mind… it’s quite a community, body boarding 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 body boarding photography in Cornwall is Porthmeor, but there is a suspicion he is just making sure his regular breaks don’t get over crowded.

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

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