BOARDMASTERS ANNOUNCES SURF COMP LINE UP

BOARDMASTERS ANNOUNCES SURF COMP LINE UP

Boardmasters and the World Surf League (WSL) have today announced the international surf competition line up for Boardmasters 2018. This includes the Quiksilver Open, Roxy Open, UGG Men’s Longboard Pro and UGG Women’s Longboard Pro. Boardmasters, the most high-profile surfing event in the UK sees elite athletes from around the globe head for five days of exhilarating surf action on Fistral Beach, the home of British surfing. These events are free to attend and will take place at the UK’s surf mecca from Wednesday 8 – Sunday 12 August 2018. There’s truly no better place to see the world’s best surfers battle their way to the top!

Boardmasters is stop #40 on the World Surf League Qualifying Series tour. Record numbers of surf fans, families and festival goers are expected to descend on Fistral Beach to check out the UK’s biggest surf competition. Open to the public, there is no ticket required to watch the formidable surf action unfold.

In the Quiksilver Open, Boardmasters will welcome back Britain’s highest ranked surfer competing on the WQS, Luke Dillon (below), Luis Diaz who took fourth place in last year’s competition, along with exciting British rising stars Arran Strong and Patrick Langdon-Dark who’ll be getting set to compete on a global scale on their home waters in the UK.

Moving on to the Roxy Open category, where the UK’s top female pros are set to give fans a thrilling battle out on the waves, as Boardmasters today confirmed entries from English National Women’s champion and highly decorated Lucy Campbell (below), as well as 2015 Boardmasters champion Peonie Knight, Tassy Swallow and Emily Currie, who all represent the best in British surfing. Also competing are Spain’s Garazi Sanchez Ortun and the USA’s Rachel Presti who are sure to deliver strong performances.

The UGG Men’s Longboard Pro will see reigning champion and men’s #1 Antoine Delpero return to Fistral Beach to defend his title after a thrilling route to victory last year. The French champion will face competition from 2016 champion, longboarding legend and brother Edouard Delpero, as well as UK surf icons Ben Skinner (Below) and Jack Unsworth, who will all be making their bid and battling it out for the coveted title on the waves.

The UGG Women’s Longboard Pro category continues to go from strength to strength, as huge home names and international stars prepare to battle it out this August. Last year saw a stunning win for France’s star surfer Justine Dupont who returns with her eyes firmly on the prize for another year. Competition comes in the form of Emily Currie fresh from winning the 2017 English National Women’s Longboard title and other exciting British talent rising through the ranks, Jennifer Pendlebury and Beth Leighfield.

Lucy Campbell said, “Boardmasters is always my favourite event of the year so I’m really looking forward to returning to compete at the Roxy Open – it’s so great to have a stop of the World Qualifying Series on home soil!”

Luke Dillon said, “When I was a kid, it was awesome watching international pro surfers coming to Newquay to compete. I tried to surf with them as much as possible and loved watching the contest and the buzz that surrounds it. It’s really special to be competing in the Quiksilver Open on the beach I grew up on!”

Contest Director Dave Reed added, “We’re looking forward to Boardmasters returning to Cornwall once again for five days of unbeatable surf action. This annual event is the biggest surfing event of its kind in the UK and gives a huge opportunity for the best British competitors to pit themselves against the best surfers in the world at the home of UK surfing, Fistral Beach. Each year the event gets bigger and better, this year I am sure will be no exception”.

Boardmasters International Surf Competition 2017 Champions:
Men’s Quiksilver Open Liam Mortensen (AUS)
Women’s Roxy Open Ella Williams (NZL)
Men’s Longboard Antoine Delpero (FRA)
Women’s Longboard Justine Dupont (FRA)

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 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.

Boardmasters announce stage split

Boardmasters announce stage split

Boardmasters 2018 is just months away and to celebrate the biggest five days in the festival calendar drawing ever closer, the stage splits for Watergate Bay have today been revealed. Get ready for an epic line-up packed full of world-class acts bringing sunshine vibes and beachside beats. Boardmasters takes place between Wednesday 8th – Sunday 12th August 2018, tickets are on sale NOW via the Boardmasters website. So grab your flip-flops, we’ll see you at the beach!

Stage splits have been announced for the following stages: The Main Stage, which is set to showcase the biggest names in music and unmissable, iconic performances, the Unleashed stage bringing the best in up-tempo acts and the biggest rave in the South West, and The Land of Saints Stage which has something for everyone. Elsewhere, The Point presented by Relentless is the ultimate beach party with the hottest world-class DJs, and of course The View, the heart and soul of Boardmasters, presents new and exciting artists in an unparalleled setting. Please see the stage splits below and the website for full stage breakdowns. Also, make sure to keep an eye out over the coming months for even more incredible stages and acts still to be announced, including the epic Land of Saints Stage headliner. Boardmasters is also stoked to announce the Thursday headliner for this year’s Beach Sessions will be legendary Fun Lovin’ Criminals frontman and BBC Radio DJ Huey Morgan, who will be bringing his NYC Block Party to the Cornish shores on 9th August. The beautiful Beach Sessions are intimate evening gigs held in the Beach Bar at Fistral Beach. Previously announced as Wednesday’s Beach Sessions headliner is the chart-topping Jeremy Loops with support from the captivating Keir and many more special guests still to be announced. Tickets for the Beach Sessions are sold separately and are on sale NOW via the Boardmasters website.

MAIN STAGE

FRIDAY
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Kano
Miles Kane
Fun Lovin’ Criminals
Raye
Hak Baker
Samm Henshaw
Wille & The Bandits

SATURDAY
The Chemical Brothers
Years & Years
Editors
MNEK
The Sherlocks
Isaac Gracie
Kele Okereke
Wildwood Kin
Newquay Male Voice Choir

SUNDAY
George Ezra
Rag‘N’Bone Man
Fat Freddy’s Drop
Declan McKenna
Becky Hill
Tom Walker
King Tuff
Mahalia
Stereo Honey
The Velvet Hands

UNLEASHED

FRIDAY
MK
Stefflon Don
Fred V & Grafix Live
Audio Bullys
Will Clarke
Light Layers
DJ Zinc b2b MJ Cole

SATURDAY
Annie Mac
Shy FX presents: CULT.URE
Riton & Kah-Lo
Kideko
Kelli-Leigh
Shapes
Cakeboy
Monki

SUNDAY
Craig David TS5
Danny Howard
Disciples Live
Nadia Rose
Holy Goof
Bobbii Lewis
DJ Proof

LAND OF SAINTS

FRIDAY
Everything Everything
ASH
The Amazons
Rae Morris
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Phil Taggart
Hockey Dad
Black Futures
West Thebarton

SATURDAY
Special Guest
Feeder
Grandmaster Flash
Nadine Shah
Gengahr
Flyte

SUNDAY
Friendly Fires
The Horrors
Songhoy Blues
Sam Fender
Confidence Man

THE POINT PRESENTED BY RELENTLESS

FRIDAY
Claptone
Idris Elba
Booka Shade
Butch
Shadow Child
Two Tribes

SATURDAY
Steve Lawler
Skream
Monki
Trance Wax
Or:la
Bronx Cheer

SUNDAY
Bicep – DJ Set
Tiga
Denis Sulta
Dusky
Gene Farris b2b Doorly
Krystal Klear
HAAi
Ryan Platts

THE VIEW

FRIDAY
The Beautiful Girl
Kioko
Bobby Alu
Annabel Allum
Lion
Me & The Devil

SATURDAY
Gentlemen’s Dub Club
Joseph J Jones
Sons of The East
Holiday Oscar
Elisa & Sigrala
Low Island
Alex Lleo
Sam Sweeney

SUNDAY
Get Cape Wear Capy Fly
Jade Bird
Paradisia
Adam French
Lily Moore
Charlotte Carpenter
Josh McGovern

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 surf and music festival welcomed over 150,000 festival goers to sunny Cornwall. Book your tickets now!

Click the link for tickets and info for 2018’s Boardmasters festival of music and surfing in Cornwall

learn to surf with the Boardmasters ambassadors

learn to surf with the Boardmasters ambassadors

Above: Luke Dillon in the latest issue, Carve 187, go grab a copy.

UK Professional surfer and Boardmasters Ambassador Luke Dillion is sharing his pro tips, so whether you’re new to surfing and struggling to progress, hopefully, these tips will get you to where you want to be. Featured in the latest issue of Carve, showing us why he’s one of the top UK surfers at the moment, here’s what Luke Dillion has to say:

Above: Luke Dillon driving off the bottom, last light Porthleven Photo: Sharpy

Tips for learning to surf

1: Surf as much as you can and get in the sea as much as possible because that will help you learn.

2:
Watch videos of your favourite professional surfer or YouTube channel, and try to pick certain things from them, favourite styles or parts of their surfing that you like to watch!

3:
Make sure you pick the right board for you! Make sure it’s the right dimensions for you so you’re able to surf with it and catch lots of waves because that’ll help you improve!

4:
Try to surf with people that enjoy it because then you can always increase the chance of your ability and also enjoying surfing for what it is.

5:
Keep surfing, because that in itself will let you improve. Get in the sea as much as you can, the more you put in, the more you will get out.

For learning to surf better

1: I would defiantly say the most important part starts with paddling and what I recommend is trying to get into the wave as early as possible. Paddle as hard as you can to get into the wave early and give yourself the best possible chance to have a good wave.

2:
Once you get to your feet, try to visualise in advance what you plan to do… For example when you’re on your feet focus on when and where you want to start your bottom turn or when you start heading down the line. Make your decisions early.

3:
Allow yourself time, rush nothing. If you rush your surfing it won’t work.

4:
Pick the best manoeuvres from your favourite surfer; whether that is going down the line or during a turn or air and try to replicate their body positions and timing. You probably can’t do airs like John John, or carves like Fanning, but it will help you get closer to what they’re doing, believe it or not.

5:
Have fun! Whenever you are struggling or feeling like you’re falling out of love with surfing just remember why you started and why you do it. Surfing is what you make of it, whether it’s competitions and trying to progress to the next round, trying get your photo in a local magazine, or just cruising down the line fun is the key to everything.

BOARDMASTERS ANNOUNCES 2018 HEADLINERS

BOARDMASTERS ANNOUNCES 2018 HEADLINERS

Boardmasters has today revealed its second wave of acts set to perform in 2018, including Main Stage headliners Catfish and the Bottlemen and George Ezra. At Watergate Bay’s sunrise this morning, Boardmasters unveiled 29 epic acts who will join previously announced headliners The Chemical Brothers for Cornwall’s own surf and music festival, taking place this year from Wednesday 8 – Sunday 12 August. With everything from alt-rock, grime, house, electropop, singer-songwriters and much more, Boardmasters is set to return bigger and better than ever to the stunning Cornish coastline for another huge year of surf and music. Tickets are on sale NOW via the website.

Indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen are a musical tour de force. The platinum-selling Welsh quartet, fronted by energetic lead vocalist Van McCann, have been hailed by NME as “one of the best live bands in the game”, and as they take to the Boardmasters Main Stage on Friday 10 August on their return to Watergate Bay, festivalgoers can expect an electrifying set filled with early hits like ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Kathleen’, as well as cuts from their number one sophomore album ‘The Ride’.

Since bursting on to the scene with his multi-platinum debut album ‘Wanted on Voyage’ in 2014, George Ezra has continually stunned audiences with his distinctively soulful voice and jubilant live shows. The multi-platinum singer-songwriter behind chilled-out hits ‘Budapest’, ‘Blame It On Me’, ‘Don’t Matter Now’, and recent anthemic release ‘Paradise’, will close the Main Stage with his warm vocals as the sun sets on Watergate Bay on Sunday 12 August.

In 2016, after a six-year hiatus, grime veteran Kano released his critically-lauded album ‘Made In The Manor’ and headlined Boardmasters Unleashed stage with one of the most talked about performances of the festival weekend. This year, with a UK festival exclusive, Kano will be returning to the sun-drenched coast with what’s sure to be another electrifying set featuring fan favourites ‘3 Wheel-ups’, ‘GarageSkankFREESTYLE’ and ‘P’s and Q’s’.

Electro-dance trio Years & Years conquered 2015 with their number one debut album ‘Communion’ which earned them four prestigious BRIT Award nominations, and now Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen are gearing up for their massive return. The ‘King’ and ‘Shine’ hitmakers, known for their exuberant performances, will bring a splash of colour to the weekend’s festivities.

With a number one album that has gone on to sell millions worldwide, soulful sensation Rag’n’Bone Man was the sound of the summer and Boardmasters is stoked to announce his return to this year’s festival. Rory Graham, better known as Rag’n’Bone Man, has had unprecedented success since releasing global smash ‘Human’ in 2016: follow-up singles ‘Skin’ and ‘Grace’ are instant classics and have made Graham one of the most-heard voices on the radio. He’s also bagged two BRIT Awards and is nominated in this year’s category for British Male Solo Artist.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, even more acts have been added to the fantastic Boardmasters bill today, including two of the biggest indie rock bands to emerge from Britain over the past few years: Friendly Fires, who have promised big things in 2018 after a five-year hiatus, and Everything Everything, who unleashed their fantastic fourth record to huge praise in summer 2017. On the verge of releasing her eagerly anticipated second album ‘Someone Out There’, Rae Morris will provide the feel-good vibes as she hits the stage to perform latest electropop bangers ‘Do It’ and ‘Atletico’.

Also announced are hotly tipped pop star and the UK’s go-to songwriter RAYE, indie alt-folk trio Wildwood Kin, the ‘rising voice of London’s disaffected underclass’ Hak Baker, the UK’s premier blues rock trio Wille & The Bandits, Australian surf pop duo Hockey Dad, rising UK R&B Singer Bobii Lewis and Kelli-Leigh, who is best known as the voice behind two number 1 UK singles: ‘I Got U’ by Duke Dumont and ‘I Wanna Feel’ by Second City.

Watergate Bay will also play host to an incredible line-up of superstar DJs from around the globe this summer. MK, responsible for hits like ‘Piece Of Me’ featuring Becky Hill and recent top ten crowd-puller ‘17’, will be spinning the best house, techno, hip hop and R&B tunes. Also announced is drum and bass and jungle music specialist Shy FX Soundsystem, and BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard.

Claptone, Steve Lawler, Skream, Fred V & Grafix, Audio Bullys, Riton with Kah-Lo, Holy Goof, Or:La, Kideko and Cakeboy 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 surf and music festival welcomed over 150,000 festival goers to sunny Cornwall. Book your tickets here now!

BOARDMASTERS 2018

Headliners
Catfish and the Bottlemen / The Chemical Brothers / George Ezra

Joined by
Kano / Rag ‘N’ Bone Man / Years & Years / MK / Annie Mac / Craig David Presents TS5 / Everything Everything / Friendly Fires / RAYE / Wildwood Kin / Fat Freddy’s Drop / The Horrors / Declan Mckenna / The Amazons / Shy FX Soundsystem / Claptone / Steve Lawler / Bicep DJ Set / Skream / Danny Howard / Denis Sulta / Rae Morris / Fred V & Grafix Live / Tom Walker / Audio Bullys / Hak Baker / Sam Fender / Riton w Kah-Lo / Wille & The Bandits / Holy Goof / Or:La / Kideko / Kelli-Leigh / HAAI / Hockey Dad / Bobii Lewis and Cakeboy

Plus many more acts still to be announced

Ticket Information:
Watergate Bay tickets on sale NOW
Boardmasters operates a tiered ticket system with price bands for tickets changing over time. Book tickets now to guarantee the best price!
All tickets on sale now (Charger ticket includes bus pass, parking, VIP camping, Beach Session gigs, After Parties, Boardmasters t-shirt and tote bag)

Click here for tickets and info for 2018’s Boardmasters festival of music and surfing in Cornwall

Boardmasters first headliner for 2018

Boardmasters first headliner for 2018

CRAIG DAVID, ANNIE MAC, THE HORRORS,

THE AMAZONS AND MORE ANNOUNCED TODAY FOR

CORNWALL’S OWN SURF AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

Fistral Beach / Watergate Bay, Cornwall | Wednesday 8 – Sunday 12 August 2018

As the sun rose at Watergate Bay this morning, Boardmasters announced the first wave of acts set to take to the stage in 2018, including the first Main Stage headline act. Cornwall’s very own surf and music festival will play host to legendary dance music duo The Chemical Brothers alongside some of the most exciting and diverse acts in the world right now including Craig David, Annie Mac, The Horrors and The Amazons. After 2017’s bigger-than-ever, sell-out success, Boardmasters returns to the sun-drenched Cornish coastline for another year, with the hottest surf and music action in the UK. Boardmasters runs from Wednesday 8 – Sunday 12 August 2018 across Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, tickets are on sale NOW via the website.

Get ready to dance with The Chemical Brothers. With no less than six UK number 1 albums to their name, electronic pioneers Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands have been thrilling crowds for over two decades. Known for their electrifying sets and hits such as ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’, ‘Galvanize’ and ‘Go’, The Chemical Brothers will bring the biggest party of the summer to Watergate Bay as they headline the main stage on Saturday 11 August.

Boardmasters is also stoked to announce 12 more acts for 2018. Taking to the Unleashed stage for two huge headline sets are comeback king Craig David, who will present TS5, his unique hybrid set which sees him DJ, MC, and sing accompanied by a live band, as well as BBC Radio 1 tastemaker DJ Annie Mac. Also announced is prolific Brit band The Horrors riding the wave of their latest chart success, Top 10 album ‘V’. Crowds can also expect unforgettable sets from critically acclaimed rock quartet The Amazons, New Zealand’s premier fusion band Fat Freddy’s Drop, hotly-tipped Declan McKenna, vocal powerhouse Tom Walker, and indie rock star Sam Fender, who will be returning to the stage after two dazzling Boardmasters sets in 2017. Festivalgoers can also expect world class DJ sets from Phonox’s resident DJ HAAi, and electronic duo Bicep, who will join The Chemical Brothers for a weekend of unforgettable life-affirming performances from the biggest names in music, in the most stunning festival setting the UK has to offer.

In addition to the incredible musical offerings, punters will also be able to enjoy classic pub banter during The Keg & Pasty stand-up comedy hour, and, for those looking to fully immerse themselves in Cornish life, language workshops will be returning, teaching local dialect to inquisitive minds.

This year, Boardmasters welcomed 50,000 festivalgoers to enjoy world-class music from headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, Alt-J and more atop the picture-perfect Watergate Bay. While the UK’s surf mecca Fistral Beach drew surf lovers in droves with record numbers watching the international surf competition over five days. NME described Boardmasters as “a perfect weekend mix of sun, surf and music in Cornwall” while The Financial Times said Boardmasters is “fast becoming one of the UK’s most enticing summer music festivals”. The Cornish Guardian commented that Boardmasters 2017 was “a resounding success” and the Western Morning News called it “one of Cornwall’s coolest events.”

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. Book your tickets here.

See you at the beach!

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