The Halloween Masked Ball returns to its nefarious nocturnal haunt at Los Flambardos, Helston, Cornwall, on Saturday October 27, for another chapter of dark ritual, this time taking its cue from Voodoo.
Voodoo is a sensationalised pop-culture caricature of Voudon, an Afro-Caribbean religion that originated in Haiti, and this year at Los Flambardos you can trip into the psychedelic voudon theme park with leading voodoo practitioners of electronic music and performance. Join thrill seekers dressed as skeletons, voodoo goddesses and psycho killers for the all-night Voodoo odyssey.
The Halloween Masked Ball has grown to become one of the largest Halloween parties in Europe with the dedication to costume and outlandish dress equalling only the tenacity to party. Running from 6pm – 6am in a nocturnal theme park where you can camp out overnight makes this a Halloween experience not to be missed.
Amongst those honouring the spirits, singing, chanting, dancing and beating of drums will be drum and bass heavyweights Hospitality returning to the Kingsford Temple to awaken the spirits with some of the UK’s best drum and bass talent including Danny Byrd, London Elektricity, Kings Of The Rollers, Logistics , S.P.Y, Whiney + Dynamite MC and Ruthless + Fava.
Or leave the Earth’s gravity behind and lose yourself in the waves of Viscera’s intergalactic voodoo techno in The Cosmodrome with Robert Johnson’s head honcho Ata, Melbourne’s Francis Inferno Orchestra and The Viscera DJs
The many traditional venues of worship are still to be announced in the next few weeks including The Voodoo Lounge, Fangz Nightclub, The Altar Stage, Durty Discos Voodoo Temple, The 45 Live Voodoo Shack and Loose Peoples Ward 9 alongside some new additions.
Hellraising, spine-chilling rides will be free at Los Flambardos – including the brand new the Sky-Force. Rising 25 metres above the ground exerting a force of up to 3G while spinning 360 degrees and carrying up to 40 people, the Sky-Force is the biggest ride in the south west and sure to extract some ear-shattering screams.
Since its inaugural event in 2006, hosted in the depths of darkest Cornwall, The Halloween Masked Ball is one of two of the bi-annual jamborees of hi-jinx, frivolity and hedonism that have earned the events a loyal following.
The Masked Ball is a walk on the wild side and boasts a strong and varied musical line-up, set among a myriad of curated, stunning venues. The party is a strange and surreal sideshow of fairground follies, rock ‘n’ roll posturing and freak show craziness, all waiting to be discovered in a nocturnal theme park where strange things happen. A myriad of rooms, dancefloors, dens, hidden bars and unpredictable nano-venues, eccentric humour and epic raves, set to a soundtrack of New York disco, primal chants, cosmic guitar licks and terrifying techno.
The full line-up includes: Jamie Tiller, Joker, King Louis & Dance Armstrong, Kings Of The Rollers, Klimax, Logistics, London Elektricity, Loose People, Loud Love, Mensah, Mongolian Disco Show, Oh My God! It’s The Church! (Voodoo Special), Panda, Penryndulum, Phil Banks & Kieran Holden, Reefe Murphy (KiWi), Ruthless, S.P.Y, Simmer, Sir Vinyl, Stay Late Bristol, Teak b2b Studio 89, Timothy Clerkin, Tornado, Wallace, Tranquillity sounds, Unglued, Viscera, Voodoo Tribute, Watson, Whiney plus many more to be announced.
PRAIA DE SANTA BARBARA, Sao Miguel – Azores Islands (Wednesday, September 19, 2018) -The Azores Airlines World Masters Championship resumed today in clean three-to-four foot surf and strong offshore winds at praia de Santa Barbara in Sao Miguel. The day witnessed historic action with the first-ever women’s Masters heats surfed on Day 2 of the event’s waiting period.
Some of the pioneers of women’s professional surfing put the competition jersey back on for the first time in years and showed how much great athletes they are, putting on big performances in their qualifying round.
The most successful surfer in the 1980s with four World Titles Frieda Zamba (USA, above) dominated the women’s opening round of competition. While most previous heats concentrated on the lefts, Zamba widened the field of possibilities with an incredible right on her backhand. Her three-turn combination was flawless and judges rewarded her with a 9 point ride, the highest score of the women’s event so far.
“It’s super fun out there I can’t complain!” Zamba said. “I found that staying active on the inside and not sitting too far out, gives you more opportunity to get those that come across and I found some really fun ones. It’s awesome to be here, I haven’t seen most of the girls in so long and we’ve had some good laughs and it’s a great reunion. It’s a good feeling to be part of that historical event and all the girls are surfing great!”
Zamba went on to win her second qualifying heat in the early afternoon and effectively eliminated long time rival Pam Burridge (AUS, above) from competition.
Layne Beachley (AUS, below), the seven-time World Champion from Manly had a similar great start in this event, taking out her two Round One matchups against Rochelle Ballard (HAW) and Jodie Cooper (AUS). Beachley took a page out of Zamba’s book and ripped the rights to pieces on her forehand to advance into the Semifinals.
“I’m not particularly happy with how I performed in that second heat but a win’s a win!” Beachley analyzed. “I’m super happy we got better conditions than the guys! We’ve been here for a few days so fortunately got to do some sightseeing and enjoyed the culinary delights of the Azores. It’s been good to catch up with everyone too, I haven’t had a chance to surf with Frieda since she comboed me at the OP Pro in 1990 so to spend some quality time in the water with her is cool.”
Rochelle Ballard (HAW) and Pauline Menczer (AUS) placed second in groups one and two respectively and will join Zamba and Beachley in the Semis.
The men’s Grand Masters took over the lineup after six heats of the women’s event and the show continued with an incredible first clash between the defending champion Iain Buchanan (NZL) and Glen Winton (AUS). ‘Ratso’ Buchanan seemed in total control with two good scores and his opponent in a combination situation. But Winton came back with an incredible left, locked in a quick little tube time before slaying two huge turns on the wave face for a 9.27, the highest single score of the event. He found a couple more waves and managed to overtake Buchanan and take the win. “I was the first surfer here on the island and got some good practice so I could get a 9 and save myself!” Winton joked. “I have obviously been in similar situations in my career but not for a long time! Even with that 9, I needed another decent wave so it wasn’t easy. We are all born competitors, and back in the day we had to make the events we wanted to compete in ourselves, so the Grand Masters really appreciate the opportunity here. What’s wonderful is we all got healthy for this event, I personally had to work really hard for the last four months to get in a good enough shape to compete.”
Legendary Pipe surfer Michael Ho (HAW, below) went out in the following heat and found the barrel right away to post two good 7+ scores and take the win.
“I was just happy to get a good start cause yesterday I did five mistakes and didn’t want to repeat it,” Ho stated. “Watching Glen’s waves in the heat before got me really fired up and I realized there were a few little barrels out there.”
In the Grand Masters, Australians Rob Bain, Simon Anderson and Cheyne Horan (above) qualified for the Semifinals with two heat wins each. Winton, Ho and Hans Hedemann (HAW) will take part in a three-man surf-off to fight for the fourth ticket into the Semis.
The men’s Masters then continued with three more heats but slightly less pressure as surfers in this category have three heats each to make their case and advance into the Quarterfinals.
Dave Macaulay (AUS) and Sunny Garcia (HAW, below) locked in a tight battle for first and exchanged good scores, ultimately going Macaulay’s way. Shane Beschen (HAW) followed with a dominant effort to dispatch Gary Elkerton (AUS) and Fabio Gouveia (BRA) took today’s last heat win over Damien Hardman (AUS).
The Masters will be back at 10:30 a.m Thursday to complete the remaining nine heats of Round One, with the Grand Masters coming in later to potentially run their Round Two, three-man surf off to decide who will take the final ticket for the semis. The women’s Masters event has been called OFF for Thursday. Watch the event LIVE via wsl.tv/azores18.
The Azores Masters & Grand Masters Pro are scheduled from September 18 – 23, 2018 at PRAIA DE SANTA BARBARA, Sao Miguel – Azores Islands. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.
Above Shane Beschen, all photos WSL/Masurel
UPCOMING AZORES AIRLINES WORLD WOMEN’S MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS:
SF 1: Layne Beachley (AUS vs. Pauline Menczer (AUS)
SF 2: Frieda Zamba (USA) vs. Rochelle Ballard (HAW)
UPCOMING AZORES AIRLINES WORLD GRAND MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1 SURF-OFF:
Heat 1: Michael Ho (HAW), Hans Hedemann (HAW), Glen Winton (AUS)
REMAINING AZORES AIRLINES WORLD GRAND MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1 MATCHUPS:
Heat 7: Glen Winton (AUS) 15.10 def. Iain Buchanan (NZL) 13.40
Heat 8: Michael Ho (HAW) 15.44 def. Buzzy Kerbox (HAW) 6.10
Heat 9: Cheyne Horan (AUS) 14.77 def. Terry Richardson (AUS) 11.06
REMAINING AZORES AIRLINES WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1 MATCHUPS:
Heat 10: Sunny Garcia (HAW) vs. Joao Alexandre (PRT)
Heat 11: Gary Elkerton (AUS) vs. Matt Hoy (AUS)
Heat 12: Damien Hardman (AUS) vs. Jake Paterson (AUS)
Heat 13: Luke Egan (AUS) vs. Dave Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 14: Tom Curren (USA) vs. Shane Beschen (HAW)
Heat 15: Derek Ho (HAW) vs. Fabio Gouveia
Heat 16: Luke Egan (AUS) vs. Joao Alexandre (PRT)
Heat 17: Tom Curren (USA) vs. Matt Hoy (AUS)
Heat 18: Derek Ho (HAW) vs. Jake Paterson (AUS)
Quiksilver team riders Michael Dunphy, John Mel, Micky Clarke, Derek Peters and Conrad Carr — recently hit the Barefoot Ski Ranch wave pool in Waco, Texas for a day. They got tubed. They did airs. They ate brisket. They had fun.
The Gathering of the Clans (Scottish Inter-Club Championships) took place on the Isle of Tiree on the 15th and 16th of September and the event was hosted by The Scottish Surfing Federation and Tiree Surf Club.
Competition got underway with the junior divisions on the Saturday morning at Ballevulin beach in clean 2ft conditions – perfect for the young surfers to show off their repertoires. The Sunday produced 3ft onshore conditions at Balephuil beach which were perfect to get the Open Men, Open Women, Masters and Longboard divisions completed.
Standout of the Saturday morning, in the U14 division, was Craig McLachlan of the North Shore Surf Club (NSSC) who was competing for the North of Scotland (NS) team at this year’s event who were last year’s winners. The Under14s division was the largest category at this year’s gathering of the clans and in the first round Craig posted excellent scores to give him the highest heat total of the entire event (16.5pts out of 20) – the judges rewarding Craig’s variety of clean, powerful carve, layback and fins out re-entry manoeuvres.
A standout from the junior girls was young Robyn Larg (TSC) who made the U14 final, was runner up in the U18girls and also came in 3rd place in the womens category on Sunday.
Thurso’s Iona McLachlan was another standout for the females in her last year in the U18 division took the win comfortably but also took out the womens division on the Sunday – Iona’s patience waiting for good set waves in the final paying off and her manoeuvres giving her scores in the good range to take a comfortable win.
The Under 14s final was one of the most hotly contested heats on Saturday between Ben Larg (TSC) and Craig McLachlan (NS). Ben took an early lead in the heat posting a 5pt ride but Craig answered back with a 6 shortly afterwards. Craig backed up with a 5 on his next wave giving him the advantage. But Ben posted a 7 in the dying minutes to take the win – a nail biting affair for the Tiree Surf Club and much needed points for the club to be in contention for the Clans Sword.
The U18 boys was won by Finn MacDonald (TSC) who outscored Ben Larg (TSC) to take the win with a 5.5 and a 5. Craig McLachlan surprisingly never made the U18 final due to the semi final 1 being stacked with Finn, Craig and Ben due to the way the team seedings affected the draw – this was a blow to the North of Scotland’s hopes of winning the overall team prize, but Ben Kobedza (NS) managed to place 3rd in the U18 final after progressing through semi final 1 to secure 730 points for the North of Scotland team.
The Open Semi finals were the first heats on Sunday morning at Balephuil. Scottish Mens Open champion Mark Boyd was the first to hit the water and posted two very good scores on lefthanders to give him the highest heat total of the day (14.5pts). Boyd (NS) progressed into the final along with Finn MacDonald (TSC) in second place with a 9 point heat total.
Open Semi final 2 saw some of Scotland’s national senior team members Donald Peace (LSC) and Scottish Masters Champ Craig Sutherland (NS) be surpassed by 13 year old up and comer Ben Larg (TSC). Ben progressed into his first men’s Open final with a heat total of 9.5pts along with Craig Sutherland who failed to find a backup for his 5pt ride. Craig’s semi final heat total was 7.5. Donald peace was eliminated.
The Mens Open final was full of drama. Mark Boyd continued his winning streak after winning the Scottish Nationals earlier this year and took the win posting a 6 point ride for a single manoeuvre on a left hander and then backed this up with a 7 for a combination of manoeuvres on another lefthander. A worthy victory for Boyd after having been runner up in the Open Division of the previous 5 Gathering of the Clans.
Craig Sutherland failed to find his form after a long surf starved summer could only manage low average scores to give him an 8.5 heat total. Competitiion was tight between Finn MacDonald (TSC) and his team mate Ben Larg (TSC). Ben posted a 5pt ride early putting him into 2nd which Ben later backed up with a 4.5 then a 5.5 to give him a 10.5 heat total. Finn answered back with a 5.5 and a 4.5 leaving Ben with a marginal lead over Finn for the runner up spot but in the dying minutes Finn posted a 6pt ride to take a marginal lead over Ben putting him in 3rd place – then much to the amazement of the crowd Larg (TSC) battled with Boyd for a peak. Boyd confidently took off in the centre of the peak to go left and Larg tried to go right to keep Boyd off – the judges unanimously called an interference Larg on Boyd meaning Ben Larg’s second wave score of a 5 would be halved leaving him with a heat total of 8 meaning Larg would drop to 4th place costing Tiree Surf Club crucial points.
The Longboard final took place straight after the open – again Boyd and MacDonald would take the 1st and 2nd spots respectively. Boyd took the lefts and managed to combine some traditional cross stepping/nose riding with turns and cutbacks for some good scores leaving him with an 11pt heat total over Finn who opted to go mainly right and posted a heat total of 7.5pts.
Craig Sutherland (NS) dominated the masters division as per usual with a cracking backhand snap to open up his account scoring him a 6. He later backed this up with a 5 to give him a comfortable lead over Martin Larg who chose excellent waves to earn 860points and a second place for Tiree Surf Club.
The last heat of the day was the ladies final. Catriona MacDonald got off to an early start with a 5 point ride for a big left and a late drop. Cat backed this up soon after with a 4.5 for a similar ride. But it would be Iona MacLachlan who would steal the show by being patient and executing manoeuvres on the good waves she selected with a heat total of 11.2.
The overall team prize was won by the North of Scotland (NSSC / MFSR) with a total of 9040pts from 5x 1sts, 3x 2nds and a 3rd making up their 10 scores. Second placed team was Tiree Surf Club (TSC) with 8300pts for 2x 1sts, 4x 2nds 3x 3rds and a 4th. And Third placed team was Lossie Surf Club (LSC) with 6405pts.
The Scottish Surfing Federation would like to say a huge thanks to everyone involved in running the event espescially the Tiree Surf Club and Iona, Marty, Adam and Lorna and Karl for helping us out for the prize giving and help over the weekend. Also a big thanks to sponsors;
Karen McGregor Jewellery
1ST North of Scotland (NSSC / MFSR) – 9040pts
2nd Tiree Surf Club (TSC) – 8300pts
3rd Lossie Surf Club (LSC) – 6405pts
1. Mark Boyd (NS)
2. Finn MacDonald (TSC)
3. Craig Sutherland (NS)
4. Ben Larg (TSC)
1. Iona McLachlan (NS)
2. Catriona MacDonald (NS)
3. Robyn Larg (TSC)
4. Iona Larg (TSC)
1. Mark Boyd (NS)
2. Finn MacDonald (TSC)
3. William Watson (LSC)
4. Donald Peace (LSC)
1. Craig Sutherland (NS)
2. Martin Larg (TSC)
3. Adam Milne (TSC)
4. William Watson (LSC)
1. Finn MacDonald (TSC)
2. Ben Larg (TSC)
3. Ben Kobedza (NS)
4. Hayden Peace (LSC)
1. Iona McLachlan (NS)
2. Robyn Larg (TSC)
3. Natalie Kobedza (NS)
4. Maja Thomson (LSC)
1. Ben Larg (TSC)
2. Craig McLachlan (NS)
3. Ben Kobedza (NS)
4. Robyn Larg (TSC)