Boardmasters 2017 Line-up Announcement

Boardmasters 2017 Line-up Announcement

Boardmasters has today revealed its second wave of acts set to perform at Cornwall’s own surf and music festival, taking place this year from Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 August. At Watergate Bay’s sunrise this morning, Boardmasters unveiled 29 epic acts who will join headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai and Alt-J. With everything from grime, house, alt-rock, reggae, singer-songwriter and much more, Boardmasters is set to return bigger and better than ever to the sun-drenched Cornish coastline for another huge year of surf and music. Tickets are on sale NOW via the website.

Psych rockers The Flaming Lips are currently taking Europe by storm following the 2017 release of their acclaimed 15th studio album ‘Oczy Mlody’. The band, known for their weird and wonderful, larger than life live shows are expected to bring future funk and then some to Boardmasters this August. Festivalgoers can expect super-sized props, eccentric costumes and funked up lighting, with frontman Wayne Coyne and his bandmates pulling out all the stops for a must-see sci-fi infused show.

Platinum-selling Indie rockers The Vaccines, have been teasing that hotly-anticipated new music is coming very soon. Having released three studio albums since they burst onto the scene in 2011, the band has been riding a wave of global success ever since and with more than 1 million records sold worldwide, they’re showing no signs of slowing down. Boardmasters will be treated to the band’s biggest hits including, ‘If You Wanna’, ‘Wetsuit’, ‘I Always Knew’ and possibly even something brand spanking new to bring the glistening backdrop of Watergate Bay alight.

He’s been teasing his return for some time now and having kicked 2017 off with a bang, announcing a debut album and UK tour, Boardmasters can today reveal that grime superstar Stormzy will be performing at this year’s festival. With a string of big tracks and MOBO Awards in his locker, Stormzy’s rise to stardom from the UK underground scene has been nothing short of meteoric. His debut record ‘Shut Up’ is now the most-watched UK freestyle video on YouTube ever, with over 46 million views. The London-born hitmaker will bring gritty, UK grime and hip-hop to Watergate Bay in what’s sure to be an electrifying show.

Boardmasters is also stoked to reveal even more acts added to the bill today. First up is singer-songwriter Frank Turner who’ll bring his politically-tinged punk-folk sound to the Cornish coast. Also announced are UK house duo Gorgon City (Live) and hot on the heels of releasing his critically-acclaimed no.2 UK album ‘Landlord’ is Giggs. The reggae star who needs no introduction – Ziggy Marley appears alongside grime legend Lethal Bizzle, Birmingham-born DJ Hannah Wants, Pete Tong with his feel-good Balearic beats and Hot Since 82 bringing tech house vibes. ‘You Don’t Know Me’ and ‘House Work’ hitmaker Jax Jones joins Tourist, Jagwar Ma, Kurupt FM, Kate Nash, Loyle Carter and Kiko Bun. Late Nite Tuff Guy, Purple Disco Machine, Sonny Fodera, T Williams, Camelphat, JP Cooper, Cortes, Yotto, Palace, Tender Central and Tonn Piper MC complete the latest batch of announced acts for a unique festival experience in the most epic setting the UK has to offer.

Inspired by the freedom, adventure and creativity of surfing and music, Boardmasters was born in 1981. Expect parties that run late into the night and a beautiful beach to recuperate on during the day. The 5-day event is situated across two stunning locations in Cornwall – the surfing mecca of the UK, Fistral Beach, where world class International Surf Competitions take place, and arguably the most stunning location in the country to watch live music, Watergate Bay. Last year the grassroots surf and music festival welcomed over 150,000 festival goers to sunny Cornwall.

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Ticket Information:

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Luxury Surf escapes

Luxury Surf escapes

Luxury Surf Escapes

Fancy ramping-up the luxury on your next surf trip? Check out i-escape’s luxury surf hideaways. View i-escape’s full Surf Collection at: www.i-escape.com/surf

If you haven’t heard of i-escape, you’ve been missing out on its handpicked collection of unforgettable places to stay across more than 50 destinations.

With a team of passionate travellers at the helm, i-escape will help you find and book boutique hotels, stylish guesthouses, eco-retreats, safari lodges, stunning beach huts and chic villa rentals – all in some of the world’s most stunning and fascinating locations. Every property has been personally visited by one of the team, and their reviews tell it like it is – the highs, the lows, and everything in between. You’ll pay the same, or sometimes less, as going direct to the accommodation owners, and you might even be treated to extra perks when you arrive.

Here are 10 i-escape retreats in some of the world’s finest surf locations.

To find out more, see www.i-escape.com

The Harmony Hotel

Nosara Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

This tropical paradise eco-hotel is a stone’s throw from Playa Guicones – one of the most stunning surf beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula. The wood and wicker furniture, palm trees, freshwater pool and open-plan layout give the hotel the feel of a 1950’s Hawaiian resort.  You won’t find plasma TVs or high-tech gadgets, instead luxury comes in the form of a healing centre, organic food and sunrise yoga on the beach. The rooms’ private patios, hammocks and outdoor showers make the most of the tropical garden setting; look out for howler monkeys, hummingbirds and iguanas, and keep the windows open to let the sound of the waves lull you to sleep.
website: www.i-escape.com/the-harmony-hotel

Ebb Tide

Camps Bay Cape Town, South Africa

With the majestic backdrop of the Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay is one of Cape Town’s highlights. The palm-fringed beach is known for dramatic sunsets – and for some of the city’s hippest bars and restaurants. A short walk from all the action, these apartments are sleek and modern with private terraces and plunge pools – but the real stars of the show are the breath-taking ocean views. Stay here and you can take advantage of South Africa’s world-class surfing then return to your apartment for a soak in a sea-view tub and a well-deserved beer. Each sleeps 2-6; self catering.
website: www.i-escape.com/ebb-tide

Bali Luxury Private Villa

Seseh Canggu, Indonesia

This blissful villa-for-12 has it all – chic, tropical décor, garden bathrooms, an infinity pool and an unbeatable location. Set in exotic gardens, it is hidden away at the edge of an unspoilt fishing village, with views of swaying rice and palm-fringed surf. Happily, it is just 40 minutes from Denpasar airport. The atmosphere is exclusive, private, laid-back and utterly luxurious. A team of delightful staff intuitively second guess your every need; the only decision you need concern yourself with is whether you can fit in a massage before sunset cocktails and canapés.
website: www.i-escape.com/bali-luxury-private-villa

Taru Villas – 906

Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

This mellow bungalow, hugging Hikkaduwa’s golden shores, is blissfully unpretentious. Check the surf every morning from the veranda and enjoy a pre-breakfast swim in your pool. Hikkaduwa’s buzzy surf scene is a short walk away, with some of the best surf breaks in southwest Sri Lanka – though the incredible home-cooked food and the nothing-is-too-much-attitude of the staff make it hard to leave the tranquillity of the villa. Hikkaduwa is also a popular diving location; highlights include the Hikkaduwa Gala caves, rocky-bottomed Kiragala and some fascinating wrecks. Sleeps 2-6.
website: www.i-escape.com/taru-villas-906

Villas de Trancoso

Trancoso Bahia, Brazil

Just a couple of hundred yards from the beach in the surf-haven of Bahia, you’ll find this stylish collection of villas and suites. After you’ve sampled the plethora of beach and reef breaks, unwind in your private villa, laze around the pool, or head to the main cabana for a refreshing cocktail.  The elegant villas are made from Brazilian wood and palm thatch, and are decked with fine white linen, romantically-draped mosquito nets and colourful rugs – conjuring up a proper luxury beach vibe. Salvador da Bahia has a sandy coastline that covers hundreds of kilometres – perfect for finding surf spots for all levels.
website: www.i-escape.com/villas-de-trancoso

Playa Escondida

Pacific Coast Mexico

This romantic jungle retreat with a private beach and laid-back vibe is just 10 minutes’ from the surfy town of Sayulita; yet the hidden jungle setting and the sound of waves and birdsong will make you feel miles away from civilisation. Days pass blissfully; there are 29 colourful rooms and casitas but you’d never know it thanks to the acres of space, and the giant fern and palm tree camouflage of the beautiful shoreline. If you have your fill of surfing, go humpback whale watching or simply swing in a hammock, sipping margaritas and watching pelicans out at sea.
website: www.i-escape.com/playa-escondida

South Sands Boutique Hotel

Salcombe Devon, United Kingdom

There aren’t many stylish UK hotels that are literally right on the beach. Here, there’s nothing between you and golden sands – and once here, there’s no need for a car. This is a watersports paradise, with surfing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, boating and waterskiing on your doorstep. And once you’ve worked up an appetite, the light and airy restaurant, serving delicious, fresh seafood, has wonderful views across the Salcombe estuary.
The hotel’s beautifully styled, peaceful rooms flaunt New England décor, seascape colours and plantation shutters. Families will love the self-catering Beach Suite apartments and the sailing school next door.
website: www.i-escape.com/south-sands-boutique-hotel

Windmills Break

Yallingup Margaret River, Australia

Windmills Break hotel is named after the stunning local surf beach. The Margaret River estuary is one of Australia’s best surfing regions and its annual Classic Surfing Championships are held in November. The hotel has 10 acres of gorgeous gardens, and an infinity pool with loungers and a hot tub. The rooms are dressed in warm chocolates, creams and beiges, with striking landscape photographs on the walls. Yallingup, Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay beaches are all close by, as are the vineyards and wineries of the Margaret River region.
website: www.i-escape.com/windmills-break

Lake Loft

Hossegor Gascony, France

The Landes region of southwest France boasts some of Europe’s largest pine and cork forests, highest sand dunes and world-class surf breaks. This boutique B&B is a real hidden-gem with just four gorgeous bedrooms and cool designer touches, from vintage surfboards to Le Corbusier chaise longues. Decor is beachside-industrial chic: sun-bleached kilims on polished cement floors, brilliant Plümacher prints on white walls. Come in early October when the town of Hossegor hosts the Quiksilver Pro France competition. Respite from the Atlantic breakers comes in the form of strolls through the pine forests or loungers by the hotel’s heated pool.
website: www.i-escape.com/lake-loft

Dar Lazuli

Essaouira Morocco

This quirky, cosy riad is hidden deep within Essaouira’s medina – right at the hub of things, yet only two minutes’ from the beach. Its three apartment suites are arranged around a central colonnaded courtyard, and are amazing value. All have kitchens, sitting areas and exquisitely comfortable king-size beds – but if you’re feeling lazy, there are plenty of restaurants in the vicinity. Essaouira is a surfers’ paradise in winter and perfect for kite surfing in summer. When you’re not in the ocean, you can go camel riding, quad biking or pony trekking along the coast to the sand dunes at Sidi Kaouki. Or follow the coastal highway south towards Agadir to see goats climbing trees in the Argan forest.
website: www.i-escape.com/dar-lazuli

For more information on i-escape and to view their full collection, head to www.i-escape.com/surf

Carve Magazine Issue 176

Carve Magazine Issue 176

New issue is in stores this week and available on the app now for you iPad folk. For next time how about letting the postie take the strain and subscribe?!

ALWAYS LOOK AROUND THE NEXT CORNER

The surf world is all mapped out right? There’s no more exploring left to do… Well pard best serve yourself a big cup of ‘nope’. The location of the wave you see on the cover, and in all its glory on this spread, is known to all of four people. Yep. Four. Loose lips ain’t sank no ships. We’ve no idea where it is, but assume it might be Africa. But it could be anywhere that’s got a sandy coast and is toasty warm. Namibia’s Skeleton Bay*, and further up the potential in Angola as evidenced by Kepa and some of the Saffas, are all recent additions to the surf consciousness. Long, thigh-burning, mind-blowing waves all and definitely worth the adventure to go find them.

Which gives you hope if you’re jaded by the same old same old and crowds at your local. And it’s not just far flung exotic places. There are plenty of places in the British Isles that are rarely surfed. You just need to put in the effort to get past the easy option of spots with a car park and a cafe right out front. A decent pair of hiking boots and an OS map and you’ll be surfing by yourself before long. Even well trodden spots like Portugal, we didn’t score that hard as it was a bit of a ghost swell, but even near Lisbon and Peniche we surfed super fun waves without another soul in the water. Like anything the more you put in to something the more you get out of it. Surfing is an addiction, and once you’re hooked there’s no escape. But the addiction is easy to sate. Explore, look around the next corner, new horizons, fresh experiences, make the most of your surfing life. At home and abroad there’s so much to do and see. Go find it… Sharpy Editor

* Word from the Namib locals is the longshore drift that created the sandbar of infinite GoPro barrel dreams is digging holes in the bar. So the points not connecting all the way down. But even in sections it’s still stupendous.


Ain’t No Wave Pool – Mick Fanning on #TheSearch by Rip Curl

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SURFING WINTER STORM HELENA IN NEW JERSEY

SURFING WINTER STORM HELENA IN NEW JERSEY

“This past week during Winter Storm Helena I worked on this project with Sam Hammer, about cold water surfing here in New Jersey. Winter Storm Helena rolled in this past Saturday and we had sub-zero temperatures here with a high of 15 and negative wind chills. We also had a solid south wind swell in the water after a night of 6-8 inches of snow, we woke up and set on a track to find some empty waves. The edit shows the behind the scenes of winter surfing here in New Jersey in the snow and negative temperatures. Sam talks about his dedication for surfing in the winter. The video was shot in Lavalette, New Jersey and the surfing part in Long Beach Island, New Jersey.” – Ryan Mack

Sharks Approach Surfers!! | Fort Pierce Inlet

Sharks Approach Surfers!! | Fort Pierce Inlet

This incredible DJI Mavic Pro drone footage shows sharks approaching surfers and paddle boarders near the Fort Pierce Inlet in Fort Pierce, Florida. At one point a big shark nearly attacks a smaller shark right next to a surfer but it just goes to show most of the time, they’re not fussed about us.