Land Surrounded By The Sea

Land Surrounded By The Sea

Take a moment to turn off from all the noise of the world, and slide and glide through aqua playgrounds with Joe Hornbuckle.

Surfer: @joehornbuckle
Shot by: @ines.ambrosio
Music: @joe.ghatt
Typography: @luccolivia

Cynevin: A new Cornish surf film.

Cynevin: A new Cornish surf film.

Cynevin (pronounced k – neh – vin):

Describing a connection to place of birth an intimate relationship with home. 

Surfing and international travel have always gone hand in hand. From the culturally iconic 60’s surf film The Endless Summer to the current WSL world tour, the two appear intrinsically linked. This film is instead a celebration of staying put, an ode to home. 

In Mike Lay’s case, home is West Cornwall in the UK. As a professional longboarder, Mike is more often pictured overseas, competing and telling stories of his adventures. But the Cornish coast is his first love and this entire film is shot in a 20 minute radius of his house. 

While this project was mainly shot pre COVID-19, its message is pertinent to the future of surfing. Travel is never going to be as plentiful and accessible as it once was. Maybe we all need to learn to love home a little more.

Freediving with a shark in Cornwall, UK

Freediving with a shark in Cornwall, UK

Blue sharks are listed as ‘near threatened’ on the IUCN Red List. This is mostly due to them being bycatch in the fishing industry. The species actually poses no threat to humans, and it is very rare that bites occur. As such, they are generally safe to swim with, and to show the world their beauty and their plight for survival. More information on shark conservation can be found here. Dolphins may be cute, sharks need love to.

Cornwall’s 24 hour 3 day festival

Cornwall’s 24 hour 3 day festival

The Cornwall based event kicks off the festival season with cliff top views, hot tub disco and 24hr license

In an overcrowded peloton of festivals in the UK and Europe, The Masked Ball stands out for its cliff tops views out to sea, multiple micro venues and 24 hour license all starting at £90. Taking place from from 3-5 May 2019, the festival now enters its 12th year and returns with another party for the ages. The intimate 3000 capacity themed electronic festival is populated by dressed-to-excess “ballers” and takes places just outside the Cornish fishing village of Porthleven. The event has an open door policy with admission meaning ticket holders are welcome in and out to go and sample the local pubs and restaurants a short walk away. Acts announced include Psychemagik, Body Hammer, Dave Harvey, Felix Dickinson, Telephones, Francis Inferno Orchestra, DJ Format and more with Surf Lessons, stand up paddleboarding, Hot tub disco and Yoga just being a number of extras that make this event special. The Masked Ball is essentially a giant themed party in a wonderful location, with festival-goers expected to dress up and look just as good as those on stage. For more information see HERE.

Atmosphere, variety and personality are everything at this immersive, multi-level party kingdom that for one weekend each year turns the cliffs above Porthleven into a hotbed of masked shenanigans. Besides a fine lineup of DJs and live acts playing in a network of small “microvenues” (as opposed to huge stages) Ballers have an almost endless choice of fun daytime and nighttime activities to choose from. Surfing lessons are available to wash the hangover away, while those seeking to stay dry(er), stand up paddle boarding will give attendees a rare view of the festival from the sea. Beyond numerous activities they’ll be a hot tub disco which replaces the conventional dance floor with hot, bubblying tubs of joy alongside yoga and more.

As for the music, the lineup is stuffed with good time dance music of every stripe from the UK and beyond. Among the home standouts are edit kings Psychemagik, Scott Fraser and Joe Hart’s revered and long-running Body Hammer, a showcase of Andy Bainbridge & Chris stoker’s brilliant Not An Animal label, Scotland’s endlessly talented Austin Ato (previously known as Drums of Death), and industry veteran Felix Dickinson, who counts DJ Harvey, Optimo and Andrew Weatherall among his fans. The international artists are just as impressive, with the “saviour of Australian dance music” Francis Inferno Orchestra, Norwegian house don Telephones and Japan’s rising star Powder all dropping in.

Kelvin Batt, Director of Masked Ball Limited says “For me, the Masked Ball is a proper party in a unique location, nothing more, nothing less. The event began as a party by friends for friends, and we’re proud to say we cut the ledges that the tents sit on out of the cliff ourselves, I think that attitude really shines through today. We’re lucky the crowd makes it, everyones there for one reason: to have a good time, You wont see anybody videoing or track ID-ing despite the talent on offer, and I think we’re quite unique/lucky for a dance event in that respect.”

Masked Ball Limited are an independent Cornish events company run by a small group of friends. They run events in the local area, using local people, businesses and contractors. Over the last eleven years, the various stages have been graced with world-class acts and underground DJs alike, including Phil Hartnoll (Orbital), Bonobo, Andrew Weatherall, Norman Jay MBE, Nightmares on Wax, Craig Richards, Portishead’s Andy Smith, Hot Chip, Optimo, Daniele Baldelli, Live at Robert Johnson’s ATA and Horse Meat Disco to name only a few.

For more info and tickets hit up the link here.

Stay In Cornwall’s Top 10 Surf Escapes

Stay In Cornwall’s Top 10 Surf Escapes

Stay In Cornwall’s Top 10 Surf Escapes

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The North Coast is famed for incredible surf spots and whether you are an experienced pro or a total beginner, there is a location ideal for all abilities.

Cornwall is no doubt one of the most popular locations to take to the waves. There are many popular surfing destinations throughout the region that are particularly great for people learning this exhilarating sport. For those that know their messy waves to swell directions, Cornwall also offers an ideal spot to perfect your technique.

The summer season brings everyone out in their masses to capture a piece of the action but autumn is actually one of the best times to surf. The less crowded beaches mixed with relatively mild air and warmer sea temperatures (thanks to our relative proximity of the gulf stream pushing up water from the southern Atlantic Ocean) give you a great chance to catch those regular swells. So, if you’re heading to Cornwall on a surfing holiday or you’re looking to learn the basics on a family break, here are 10 fantastic family surf escapes in Cornwall’s finest locations.

The Light House

Bude

Experience luxury alongside North Cornwall’s coastline at a stay in The Light House in Bude. Get family and friends together, and take to the waves at the beautiful choice of nearby sandy beaches and discover a stunning contemporary coastal home designed and built by owners who have featured on the TV show Grand Designs. Indulge in this relaxing surf stay and feel the sand between your toes with just a short walk to the glorious Atlantic shores. 

For more info, click here.

Atlantic Bliss at Zenith

Newquay

For a stylish stay, just a stone’s throw from Whipsiderry and Porth beach, this cool coastal apartment is the ideal surf retreat. Here you’ll enjoy spectacular sea views, contemporary accommodation, and easy access to plenty of attractions and the best surfing spots in the county. Atlantic Bliss at Zenith also bases you in an ideal location to enjoy the surf hub of Newquay, home to Fistral Beach. The whole family will love this incredibly exciting stay with top conditions to take to your board.

For more info, click here.

Valley Breeze

Crackington Haven

Overlooking the bay of Crackington Haven, you’ll find this little gem just a short walk from the stunning sandy Cornish shores. Here you can enjoy a tranquil setting with a charming patio area to enjoy outdoor dining overlooking sea views. This idyllic surf spot is great as it offers a mix of family-friendly surf conditions to waves for the more experienced. Valley Breeze bases you in a fantastic spot to explore further afield too with the nearby locations of Bude and Widemouth Bay just a short drive away.

For more info, click here.

No 5 The Beach

Kennack Sands, The Lizard

Renowned for its surf school and beautiful sandy beach, Kennack Sands is the idyllic surf haven. So why not treat the family to stay just 900 yards from this stunning coastal spot. No 5 The Beach is a fantastic apartment offering a contemporary setting on the captivating west coast offering you a fantastic base to explore the surrounding area whilst taking to the board and enjoying those Atlantic waves.

For more info, click here.

Rosecott

St Ives

Just a short drive from the stunning sands of St Ives, you’ll find an idyllic bolthole offering spectacular uninterrupted views and boutique accommodation. Rosecott is a charming reverse level property providing the perfect spot to explore the west coast and the exhilarating surfing beaches that surround you. St Ives itself is a surfing mecca for families, with Porthmeor beach providing a large stretch to take to the waves. If you’re looking for some expert advice, head to the nearby surf school for equipment hire and lessons.

For more info, click here.

Perfect View

Falmouth

Although the south coast of Cornwall isn’t a premiere destination to head out on the waves, Falmouth is a brilliant place for beginners and families looking to enjoy a relaxed surfing break. Overlooking the harbour, Perfect View provides a beautiful stay enjoying contemporary accommodation with a spectacular decking area for perfect al fresco dining. This idyllic bolthole bases you in an ideal spot to enjoy the nearby surfing beaches of Swanpool, Gyllngvase and Maenporth which produce some half decent waves in the right conditions.

For more info, click here.

The Puffin

Mullion

Explore the exquisite west coast on a surf stay at The Puffin in Mullion. This south-facing property situates you at a stunning cliff-top location overlooking the ocean and bases you just a short drive from the beautiful National Trust beach of Poldhu. After a long day catching those west coast waves, you can relax in the tranquility of this comfortable accommodation and get the family together for an evening meal on the outside decked area.

For more info, click here.

Well House Barn

Boscastle

This boutique-style retreat is ideal for soaking up the best of the North Cornwall coastline. Placing you within easy reach of top surf spots including Polzeath and Widemouth Bay, this tranquil cottage offers the ultimate rural and coastal mix. Nestled in the Valency Valley yet just a few miles from the Atlantic Coast, this contemporary barn creates a warming ambience and relaxing surf escape for the whole family.

For more info, click here.

Miners

Portreath

Treat family and friends to the ultimate indulgent surfing retreat with a stay at Miners in Carharrack. Basing you just a few miles from the golden sands of Portreath and Porthtowan, this breath-taking spot offers a relaxing stay with an idyllic mix of rural and coastal experiences. You’ll enjoy spacious accommodation with a contemporary vibe and take advantage of a relaxing hot tub, warming log burner and spacious balcony with seating overlooking amazing countryside views.

For more info, click here.

Martins Place

Newquay

If you’re looking for a secluded spot nestled in the Cornish countryside yet want to take advantage of North Cornwall’s best surf beaches, a family break in this spacious and contemporary farmhouse is the idyllic choice. You’re only a few minutes’ drive to the sandy shores that adorn the coastline including the family-friendly surf beaches of Fistral, Crantock, Holywell Bay and Perranporth. With comfortable accommodation and large outside space for al fresco dining, Martins Place is a great place to get the whole family together on an adventurous surf escape.

For more info, click here.

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