SURF’S up!

A long period swell with offshore wind had Isle of Wight surfers reaching for their boards and heading to the West Wight to enjoy the best waves in years.

Crowds gathered at Compton Bay over the weekend to watch the action.

Surfer and County Press photographer, Paul Blackley, said: “Many didn’t venture into the water because it was quite big and powerful, but stayed and cheered when someone got a good one.

“You also heard groans when someone had a bad wipeout.”