Bonomelli continued his tear through the early rounds. – WSL / Laurent Masurel

The Boardmasters, Cornwall resumed in cleaner two-foot surf under a bright Cornish sun and saw competitors from almost all divisions take part in the second day of competition.

The remaining four heats of the QS Men’s Round 3 were first completed and witnessed the surprise eliminations of local favorites Alan Stokes, Luke Dillon and Kit Innes.

In the afternoon, men longboarders entered their final regional event of the season, and while the European title was decided at the previous stop in Galicia, surfers went out just as motivated to conquer the coveted Boardmasters trophy.

Newquay waterman Ben Skinner (GBR), 31, left no chance to his opponents in his opening matchup on home turf, and controlled the heat from start to finish with authority. The former event winner edged out Emilien Fleury to advance into the quarters where he’ll be facing compatriot Adam Griffiths (GBR).

“I’m so stoked just to be at home, it’s so nice after the three events and a lot of travelling,” Skinner commented. “Boardmasters has a 31-year history of some amazing events, as I was a kid it’s always something I looked up to so now to have the longboarders be part of it is amazing. I started surfing this event about eight years ago I think and have won it a couple of times, so I’m definitely looking to add one event title to my resume this year.”

Skinner’s salute to the huge crowds gathered at Fistral. – WSL / Laurent Masurel

“That’s just a whole different feeling being at home and having my wife and kids, and all the support from everyone down here it’s pretty special,” he continued. “There’s a lot going on for sure but I love it, even the distractions.”

Defending event champion Edouard Delpero (FRA), 26, bounced back after an early elimination in the QS division yesterday with a solid win in the over 9-foot board category. The young Frenchman found a better rhythm and negotiated the flat sections perfectly to post an impressive 14.74 heat total for his quarterfinal ticket.

Edouard Delpero knows a thing or two about nose-riding, too. – WSL / Laurent Masurel

“It’s complicated out there and you really have to be active, scouring the lineup to find the little ones that reform and offer a longer wall,” he reflected. “Unfortunately yesterday I couldn’t find the right waves, but today it was a little bit easier on a longboard and I managed to do ok. This event is awesome, very different from what we’re used to and a nice little escape in the summer. I hope I can continue to surf well and maybe even beat my brother for once if we do surf against each other later in the event.”

Said brother, Antoine Delpero (FRA), 30, rounded up the day with an uncharacteristic average performance, but enough to see him move into the quarters as well where he’ll match up with local Brit Sam Bleakley (GBR).

Bleakley will look to upset the current European Champion in the quarters. – WSL / Laurent Masurel

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The Boardmasters, Cornwall are scheduled from August 10-14, 2016 at Fistral Beach, Cornwall – England. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to

The Boardmasters, Cornwall are supported by Surfers Against Sewage, Carve Mag, Corona, Relentless, Cornish Orchid, The Stable and MagicSeaWeed among others.

Heat 1: Tomas Fernandes (PRT), Shane Campbell (AUS), Facundo Arreyes (ARG), Daiki Tanaka (JPN)
Heat 2: Cody Robinson (AUS), Jobe Harriss (GBR), Luis Perloiro (PRT), Jackson Giles (AUS)
Heat 3: Bruce MacKie (BRB), Louis Gillick (AUS), Monty Tait (AUS), Jayce Robinson (GBR)
Heat 4: Angelo Bonomelli (ITA), Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Arthur Lassee (FRA), Jake Marshall (USA)

Heat 5: Bruce MacKie (BRB) 11.00, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 10.50, Che Allan (BRB) 9.56, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 7.73
Heat 6: Monty Tait (AUS) 15.10, Jake Marshall (USA) 13.24, Chris Friend (AUS) 11.07, Alan Stokes (GBR) 7.60
Heat 7: Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) 10.76, Louis Gillick (AUS) 8.34, Luke Dillon (GBR) 8.10, Shaun Burns (USA) 6.67
Heat 8: Arthur Lassee (FRA) 8.30, Jayce Robinson (GBR) 8.00, Jared Hickel (AUS) 7.30, Kit Innes (GBR) 3.00

QF 1: Ben Skinner (GBR) vs. Adam Griffith (GBR)
QF 2: Emilien Fleury (FRA) vs. Josh Le Marquand (JEY)
QF 3: Edouard Delpero (FRA) vs. Ben Howey (GBR)
QF 4: Sam Bleakley (GBR) vs. Antoine Delpero (FRA)

Heat 1: Ben Skinner (GBR) 14.33, Emilien Fleury (FRA) 14.30, Izaak Lawton (GBR) 7.23, Robin Henry (FRA) 7.17
Heat 2: Josh Le Marquand (JEY) 10.33, Adam Griffith (GBR) 9.84, Joe Hornbuckle (GBR) 7.07, Jordan Zervas (GBR) 5.53
Heat 3: Edouard Delpero (FRA) 14.74, Sam Bleakley (GBR) 10.87, Edward Wilson (GBR) 8.14, Martin John (GBR) 3.74
Heat 4: Antoine Delpero (FRA) 11.23, Ben Howey (GBR) 8.83, Jack Unsworth (GBR) 8.07, Stephan Hudson (GBR) 2.90

Heat 1: Emilien Fleury (FRA) 16.00, Jordan Zervas (GBR) 7.03, Louis Thomas Hudson (GBR) 6.33
Heat 2: Josh Le Marquand (JEY), Robin Henry (FRA)
Heat 3: Martin John (GBR) 4.60, Stephan Hudson (GBR) 3.44, Russel Mullins (GBR) 1.00
Heat 4: Ben Howey (GBR) 14.10, Edward Wilson (GBR) 6.57, Toby Lowe (GBR) 4.13


Boardmasters Surf & Music Festival Schedule

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Boardmasters promises to deliver five days of exhilarating surf action at Newquay’s iconic Fistral Beach. Fans and festival goers alike are expected to descend on the UK’s surf capital to check out and support both the British pro surfers and the travelling international surfing professionals. 

The highly anticipated Boardmasters QS1000 and LQS1000 will run from Wednesday 10th until Sunday 14th August 2016 and the action will kick off with the Boardmasters Men’s QS1000.  Boardmasters will offer Britain’s best professional surfers, such as Ben Skinner, Luke Dillon, Adam Griffith, Lucy Campbell and Peony Knight the chance to compete at an international level whilst in home waters. We cannot wait to see who will lift the coveted Boardmasters title this year and their portion of the $30,500 prize purse.

There’s two lots of pro surfer signings with the Boardmasters ambassadors including Tom Curren, Lee-Ann Curren, Ben Skinner, Lucy Campbell, Laura Crane, Adam Griffiths and Luke Dillon on Friday 12th between 1-2pm (depending on heat schedules). On Saturday 13th the Fourth Team rock up for a signing with Tom Lowe, Tom Bulter, Alan Stokes and more, so get your pens and posters ready!

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The most talked about highlight of the Boardmasters week (after the surfing of course) is the popular Beach Sessions. These are intimate evening gigs in the Beach Bar at Fistral Beach. On Wednesday 10th we’re going to be entertained by the likes of Tom Curren, DJ Format & Abdominal and Ady Suleiman, while on Thursday 11th there’s Pat Smith, Betty The Shark and a very special guest! So don’t miss out, be safe and get your tickets now.

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Chilling out in the Beach Bar, watching the surf, cold glass of Rattler in hand, listening to music. Life doesn’t get much better. Every day at the Beach Bar we have a host of acts to get you in the mood for the night ahead so make sure you check them out. Oh and it’s totally FREE! 

From the Beach Bar you can check out the Surf Village, there’s loads to see. Watch the Pro Skate and BMX competitions for the best in extreme sports, mooch around the Cornish Market where you can sample the local delights, as well as Surf Art, photography and film sessions. If watching the surf action from the sidelines has tempted you to try it out yourself, ride the waves with a Surf Lesson from a local surf school. 

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Skateboarding is the son of surfing and since the Dog Town era, skating and surfing have always gone hand in hand. Skateboarding has introduced a whole new generation of concrete surfers to the fun and excitement of concrete waves. Naturally, the skate competition held at Fistral Beach has been a very popular event and a serious crowd pleaser. The skateboarders absolutely shred the mini ramp and have been pushing their airs, grabs and grinds faster, longer and higher every year.

Whether you’re a skate newbie, a budding skate grom, an old school ripper or just a bonafide skate fan, the Fistral Beach skate competition is the place for you. 


The Boardmasters music festival is held at Watergate and the line up is even bigger this year. On Friday it’ll be Catfish and the Bottlemen, followed drum n bass legends Chase & Status closing the show, Saturday will see Kaiser Chiefs get crowds rocking, and an electric set from Deamau5 and finally on Sunday, the incredible Primal Scream will take to the stage followed by James Bay who will bring Boardmasters 2016 to an epic close.

There’s load of other stages depending on your choice of music our fave Wolf Alice at the Land of Saints stage will wow the stage in the headline Friday slot, but also expect to get down to Example or Correspondents. Mosh to Dinosaur Pile Up or The Big Moon. Skank to Roots Manuva or Mouse Outfit. Find out more HERE

If you need a fix after the headliners finish, then the series of official After parties are for you. From Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 August 2016, Boardmasters ‘After Dark’ will bring banging DJ sets and live performances to the Beach Bar on Fistral Beach and Sailors in Newquay town until the sun comes up.

With so much going on you should get there early, here’s why

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Boardmasters is confirmed as a World Surf League Qualifying event


After a few years’ sabbatical we’re stoked to announce Boardmasters is confirmed as a World Surf League Qualifying event.

Boardmasters had a proud history as, for many years, the UK’s only World Tour event. For a few golden years England and Scotland hosted the tour but in recent times it’s been sparse. Sure BM HAS been a stop for the WSL longboard crew the last few years but it’s not quite the same.

So it’s with great joy we share the news from Boardmasters that the event is once again part of the World Surf League qualifying series.

It’ll be a QS1000 event, but as QS events worldwide are getting rare they’re all vitally important for points and for seedings the following year.

Boardmasters will host the Men’s Open, the Women’s Open and the Boardmasters Men’s and Women’s Longboard contests,  cementing Boardmasters as the high-profile event in the UK’s surf calendar.

Boardmasters will be stop #29 on the WSL international qualifying series tour, giving surfing professionals the opportunity to come to Cornwall and be in with the chance of gaining valuable points in their quest to reach the elite platform of professional surfing.

The highly anticipated Boardmasters QS1000 will run from Wednesday 10 until Sunday 14 August 2016 at Fistral. The action will kick off with the Men’s Open. Britain’s best professional surfers, such as Ben Skinner, Luke Dillon, Jobe Harris and Lucy Campbell will once again have the chance to compete at an international level in home waters. 

Registration for entry for the WSL Open and Longboard events is via the WSL website.

It doesn’t stop there, as the festival continues at Watergate Bay for a weekend of the biggest and best names in live music performing from Friday 12 – Sunday 14 August 2016. Confirmed headline acts so far include Chase & Status, James Bay and Deadmau5, with other performances across the weekend from Catfish and the Bottlemen, Craig David, Primal Scream, Kano, Lianne La Havas, Kaiser Chiefs, Sigma, Wolf Alice, Example and Eats Everything, with further acts still to be announced. Can’t wait!

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Boardmasters gets set to make waves today as the third headline act for this year’s festival is announced. Drum n Bass duo Chase & Status will be making a hotly anticipated return to the golden Cornish coastline for Boardmasters 2016 as they get set to entertain festivalgoers with their thumping, thrilling sound. Cornwall’s own surf and music festival runs from Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 August 2016 for five days of exhilarating surf and music action along the sun-drenched coast. What are you waiting for? Grab your flip-flops and surfboard – tickets are on sale NOW via the website.

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Chase & Status have firmly cemented themselves as the ultimate Drum n Bass duo, having dominated the dance scene for over a decade with their unique sound, which never fails to get crowds jumping. Having released three studio albums, their most iconic dance hits include ‘Blind Faith, ‘Lost and Found’ and ‘Count on Me’. The duo have just released a brand new single ‘Control’, featuring Slaves, who join the list of the huge musical names that Chase & Status have worked with, including Plan B, Example and Rihanna. They’re no strangers to Boardmasters, having headlined back in 2014. Back by popular demand, Chase & Status are sure rock Watergate Bay this summer with a fist pumping, banging display of the very best in Drum n Bass.

Boardmasters has also today announced further acts joining the line up, including 2016 BRIT Award winning rockers, the awesome Catfish and The Bottlemen who scooped with coveted British Breakthrough Act gong at this year’s ceremony. The four-piece, who released their new single ‘Soundcheck’ last month are currently on tour, taking the UK by storm with their retro-rock sound and are expected to drop a brand new album later this year.

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Boardmasters is stoked to announce even more acts for this year’s festival. The hottest UK rising star right now, Raleigh Ritchie who recently released his debut album ‘You’re a Man Now, Boy’ will be making his Boardmasters debut. The incredible Foxes will be bringing her electro-pop sound, with Krept & Konan representing the best in fresh UK hip-hop. UK rapper Mike Skinner presents TONGA, formerly front man of The Streets is lined up for Boardmasters 2016 alongside funk legends Soul II Soul best known for the chart-topper ‘Back To Life’, and dubstep pioneer Artwork. Bringing the best in UK grime is Kano, who has just released new album ‘Made in the Manor’. Get set for dance floor royalty, as Radio One Dance Anthems DJ Danny Howard also joins the line up, with Protoje who’s leading the reggae revival and Manchester punk rockers Spring King. Indie-rockers Eliza and The Bear, who have firmly established themselves with a reputation for an unforgettable live show will take to the stage, as will White who’s sure to bring an electro-funk vibe, the incredible Irish talent SOAK and one to watch, singer-songwriter Louis Berry. Further acts added to the line up include FormationBig DealToucanCarly FoxxCamelphatApresBen Remember, Kloe and Hein Cooper

Boardmasters is located across two sites jam-packed with the best in music and sports action. Keep the party going with Beach Sessions with live music on stunning Fistral Beach, as well as the Beach Bar and BBQ offering food, drink and DJ sets. Head into Newquay and party into the early hours with Boardmasters After Parties, which take place at clubs around the town centre. There are Pro Skate and BMX competitions to check out the best in extreme sports, the Surf VillageCornish Market where you can sample delights from local merchants, as well as Surf Art, photography and film sessions. If watching the surf action from the sidelines has tempted you to try it out yourself, you can ride the waves with a Surf Lesson with a local surf school. Unwind and relax at the Wellbeing Area or the On Site Eco Spa for some well deserved pamper time. There is also Luxury Camping and Glamping on offer to upgrade your experience even more. 

Established in 1981, Boardmasters is a 5-day event situated across two stunning locations in Cornwall – the surfing mecca of the UK, Fistral Beach where Boardmasters famous International Surf Competitions take place and arguably the most stunning location in the country to watch live music, Watergate Bay. Last year saw Boardmasters welcome over 150,000 festivalgoers across its two sites over the 5 days of the festival. Boardmasters operates a tiered ticket system with price bands for tickets changing over time. The sooner you buy, the cheaper it is! Book tickets via the website


Headline Acts

Deadmau5 // James Bay // Chase & Status

Joined by
Catfish and the Bottlemen // Kaiser Chiefs // Primal Scream
Lianne La Havas // Sigma // Craig David’s TS5 // // Wilkinson // Wolf Alice
Example & DJ Wire // Foxes // Soul II Soul // Mystery Jets
Kano // Krept & Konan // The Magic Numbers // Eats Everything // Protoje Jackmaster // Roots Manuva // Rat Boy // Blossoms
Mike Skinner & Murkage presents TONGA // Raleigh Ritchie // SOAK
Apres // Artwork // Ben Remember // Bicep // Big Deal // Bodhi // Camelphat
Carly Foxx // COASTS // The Correspondents // Danny Howard // Detroit Swindle Doorly // Dusky // Eli & Fur  // Eliza & The Bear // Eton Messy // Formation
Gabrielle Aplin // Heidi // Hein Cooper // Jack Savoretti // Jamie Lawson
Jonas Rathsman // Kloe // Louis Berry // Maribou State // MNEK
The Mouse Outfit Nahko and Medicine for the People // Rationale
Spring King // Toucan // VANT // White

Ticket Information:
Watergate Bay tickets on sale NOW
Boardmasters operates a tiered ticket system with price bands for tickets changing over time. The sooner you buy, the cheaper it is!
A set allocation of tickets is saved for each tier, which will close when the allocation of tickets is sold out.
Charger tickets available now (Charger ticket includes bus pass, parking, VIP camping, Beach Session gigs, After Parties, Boardmasters t-shirt and tote bag)

Click the link for tickets and info for 2016’s Boardmasters festival of music and surfing in Cornwall