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Boardmasters 2015

Posted on September 16 2015

Every summer come rain or shine (most of the time it’s rain) thousands of people flock to Newquay, the surfing capital of Cornwall, for the annual festival that is Boardmasters.

Since 1981, Boardmasters has been a pinnacle of the British Surf scene. From a humble beginning as a small time competition, it is now one of the biggest surfing events in the count, and not to mention a pretty unbelievable music festival too.

Set in the remote countryside of Newquay, close to beaches such as Fistral and Watergate Bay, you can spend your day watching pro’s riding up a serious storm then head to the main area in the evening to see some of the biggest acts going.


Photo by Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer


This year’s lineup is seeing some legendary acts and a variety of genres, from alternative indie band Bastille to British electronica group Faithless, along with top sets from Rudimental, Clean Bandit, Groove Armada and Arrested Development.

And if the music isn’t enough, you’ll also be able to catch British surfing champions such as Jayce Robinson, Charlotte Bayliss and Lee Bartlett putting their skills to the test on Newquay’s notorious waves.

Also on the land-side of things, there’s a great range of skate and BMX competitions open to pro’s, novices and beginners in case anyone is interested in having a go at competing.


Photo by Fede Racchi


Boardmasters is known for its eccentricity and this year in set to be no different. In previous years they’ve had double decker bus bars and tea café’d with hay bales for chairs so expect partially glamorous country living mixed with spirited festival vibes.  In theme with its location, Boardmasters is for those that love the laid-back side to life, good music, good waves and good boards.

Not to mention there are droves of bars with every flavour of cider you could possibly imagine. It is Cornwall after all.



Just remember to bring along a spectrum of festival clothing, the Cornish coastline is known for its ever changing weather – one minute you could be basking in the scorching sun, the next you’re searching for that really comfy hoody to keep warm.  

And definitely spare no expenses on a quality rain mac and wellies.

With four glorious days of some quality surfing, skating, music and partying, Boardmasters is one for the ‘Festival’s To Go To’ list.

Blog by Alex Saunders

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