Meet Dave

Photographer & Jersey Surfboard Club President

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Dave Ferguson isn’t just an award-winning photographer for Jersey’s newspaper the Jersey Evening Post, he’s also president of the Jersey Surfboard Club, thought to be the oldest surf club in Europe. When he’s not on assignment, you’ll find him in his favourite place, St. Ouen’s Bay, either on a surfboard or behind a lens. Here’s why…

As a photographer, I travel all over the world but I always come back to the bay. It’s where my photography started, the colours, the moods, the landscape that forever changes through the seasons. It’s inspirational. As a surfer, it’s a magnet. When I hear the swell from my house at the top of the bay the night before, you just know it’s going to be pumping the next day. At daybreak, St. Ouen’s Bay opens up in front of you and you’re there looking at it with that excited anticipation.  Not all days are the same which make the good ones special. Sitting in the line up with your family or friends and cruising on longboards is just as rewarding. If you’re lucky, you just may get it to yourself.

Islanders have been surfing here since the 20s, and the Jersey Surfboard Club has been here since 1959. For me, it’s a way of putting something back into the culture that inspired me. When I started the junior section, a whole load of groms discovered surfing, they’re now lawyers, gardeners, doctors, teachers, geologists and lifeguards -  all linked by that love of surfing. The sea’s in our blood.

Am I a photographer that goes surfing, or a surfer that just happens to be a photographer? Both things are so much a part of my life I can’t separate them. Everything comes back to the bay. It’s that moment when you’re flying in over St. Ouen’s Bay, checking the surf and thinking - I can just pop down there in ten minutes. It really is one of the best places in the world.

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