Cornwall’s most famous surfer makes prestigious magazine cover

Besides pasties and cream teas, Cornwall has another world-renowned export; a truly spectacular surfer by the name of Ben Skinner, who is recently celebrating another personal achievement by being published on the front cover of Carve, the UK’s ultimate surfing magazine.

Ben Skinner on the cover of Carve Magazine

Ben “Skindog” Skinner’s hard work on the board and off it has paid off as he has climbed the rankings, finding himself currently rated fifth in the world for longboard surfing, and following the news that he would be featured on the front page he said he was “stoked”.


The 31-year-old surfer who hails from Perranporth has expressed his feelings recently in relation to the image used on Carve’s cover. It was a “dream” that was made possible by Breage photographer Mike Lacey, who was the man behind the shot of Ben on the wave at Porthleven on the Cornish south coast when the monster swell came in during Storm Imogen on February 13.


Remarkably for fans of Ben, this is the first time he’s made the coveted appearance on the front page, and the same goes for photographer Mike Lacey.


Ben had nothing but thanks for the man who made the shot happen, after saying he had waited a long time for the moment, while also declaring the captured moment as being the “best shot I have probably ever had”.


Competing for the sought-after cover shot was Kelly Slater, the man behind 11 world championships, surfing the world famous reef break, Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii.


Ben said: “I didn’t expect to get the cover shot.


“Kelly’s the best surfer of all time and if it was the case he had the cover shot that would have been completely understandable.


“I think the fact that it was a local shot of a local surfer by a local photographer worked out in our favour.


“People are saying that is the best ever water shot from Porthleven. There are not many days like that when it’s that big and that perfect.”


He added: “It was an amazing day at Porthleven and one I will never forget.”


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