WELCOME TO THE BEATING HEART OF YOUR ADDICTION
WE ARE THE SPIT
THE TRADE WINDS
THE HOWLING GALE
WE ARE BACKWASH
It was a few years back when I first ran into Toby, ducking in and out of shelter through snow squalls, a lone figure weathering the December cold of the North West. Over the next few weeks he would appear in the same fashion, quietly unannounced, putting in the time where most would not. Dedicated to capturing the moods he saw, his style has developed to reflect the surrounds he has grown up with. Since then he's treaded the line between the vogue of cliched wanderlust and the hardcore surf scene with a maturity beyond his years. Below, a selection of his favourite's of 2016 to coincide with the release of his new website.
"Bound for the horizon on my favourite mode of transport."
"A stale from Seb as the storms cleared and the sky chose its palette for the day."
"We spent two weeks in the layby next to this wave, this was my favoured morning."
"The best wave that I've ever watched unfold in the UK."
"An early morning just outside the maddening crowds of Landes."
"Frozen feet, wet wetsuits, and a glowing slide at La Piste on dawn."
"No crowds on a morning like this, just friends looking to take down a similar tale."
"Rain is special. Sun's overrated. The far south of England."
"A simple way of life that involves four wheels."
For more from Toby's new site https://www.tobybutlerphoto.com
Backwash Issue Two is a surf anthology featuring Japan, the photography of Chris Burkard and Sergio Villalba, Hamish Laing and Woody Gooch. Kalani Lattanzi swims at Nazare, whilst Amy Kotch surfs barrels whilst pregnant and John Peck knee paddles out as he has done since 1958.Purchase