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Surfers on the beach, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. Probably June 1922
Two young men and three young ladies posed with surf boards on the beach at Perranporth. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan
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Captured in the summer of 1922, this vintage print showcases a group of adventurous souls embracing the thrill of surfing on Perranporth Beach in Cornwall. The image transports us back to an era where wooden surfboards ruled the waves and beach activities were cherished moments of leisure. Photographer Arthur William Jordan skillfully frames two young men and three young ladies, their vibrant bathing costumes reflecting the carefree spirit of the roaring twenties. The captivating scene unfolds against a backdrop of pristine sand and crashing waves, epitomizing the beauty and allure of Cornwall's coastal landscapes. These intrepid surfers exude confidence as they navigate through the rolling tides, showcasing their impressive belly-boarding skills with grace and style. This snapshot from history not only captures a moment frozen in time but also represents a significant milestone for British surfing culture. It serves as a testament to how early enthusiasts embraced this exhilarating water sport even during simpler times. As we gaze upon this remarkable photograph, we are reminded that some things never change – the joy found in riding nature's powerful waves remains timeless. This image is more than just an archival treasure; it encapsulates an enduring love affair between humans and sea, forever etched into Cornwall's rich heritage.
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