Boardmasters – Here we come!

Tonight after a very long day at work we are grabbing our stuff and hitting the road down to Newquay. We are planning 5 days of surfing, watching the pro’s, seeing some great bands and probably a few craft beers along the way too!

After bypassing Boardmasters for a couple of years it seems to have fallen back in favour with the WSL and as you will see from the following, they seem pretty pumped to be back!

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The Boardmasters, Cornwall, a long-standing tradition of music and surfing festival in the U.K is coming back this summer, unfolding from August 10-14 at the iconic birthplace of England’s surfing, Fistral beach.

Re-appearing on the WSL schedules in 2015 after a two-year hiatus, the Boardmasters comes back even stronger this summer, adding a men and women’s QS1,000 divisions to the existing longboarding events.

“We are so stoked to see the return of World Surf League sanctioning across all disciplines of our event,” Andrew Topham, Boardmasters Festival Director said. “This really drives the level of surfing within the UK and will inspire the next generation of British surfers towards competing at the highest level. Since 1981, Boardmasters has always been the pinnacle of British surfing and this once again takes us to another level. We are really excited to see another huge crowd on the beach cheering some of the best surfing that will be witnessed on Cornish shores this year.”

A classic event amongst the European and international field of qualifying series campaigners, this event has been host to many of the current world’s best surfers and will once again be the center of attention come August.

“WSL is very pleased to be returning once again to the Boardmasters and it is great to see our involvement grow with the addition of a men’s and women’s QS event,” Rob Gunning, European Tour Manager said. “As we expand across Europe the Boardmasters is for us a key event as it is one of our longest running and most high profile events. The on-site activities, crowds plus the music festival make the Boardmasters very special. It will be great for not only International and visiting European surfers but also for the local Brits who will get a chance to compete on the international stage. The women’s QS event will be a first for the Boardmasters and it is fantastic to see women’s professional surfing included in the schedule.”

The venue: Fistral beach is a 750m stretch of white sand backed by steep dunes and overlooked by the Headland Hotel, an iconic landmark. Sitting just a short walk from the center of Newquay, Fistral is the most popular surfing location in the country, invaded by thousands of waves enthusiasts of all-level each summer.

When the sun sets and competition is called off, the Boardmasters Music Festival becomes the main attraction with national and international artists taking the various stages set overlooking Watergate Bay, just north of the town. With the festival extending over five full days from August 10-14, there’s a flurry of performances for music aficionados. For more information and an up-to-date list of headliners, head on to boardmasters.co.uk.

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Boardmasters Festival 2016

We are all booked up and can’t wait – who is all going to be there??

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2016 Comps & Surfers

Boardmasters Festival is not all about the music. Since 1981 we have been an integral part of the British surf scene. From humble beginnings as a small surf competition, we are now proud to present one of the biggest events on the professional British surfing calendar; not to mention the music festival. Join us in the lazy summer sun and celebrate the surfing lifestyle! All professional surfing events are held Fistral Beach and best of all, they’re free for all spectators.

Our champions of surf in 2015 were Hodei Collazo (Men’s Open), Peony Knight (Womens Open), Edouard Delpero (Longboard), Alice Lemoigne (Longboard) and Justine Mauvin (Juniors). This year there are four categories of surf comps, conpetitors will be confirmed soon!

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WORLD SURF LEAGUE


The world famous international surf competition will this year be included as part of the World Surf League qualifying series. Featuring as a QS1000 event, Boardmasters will host the Boardmasters Men’s Open, the Boardmasters Women’s Open and the Boardmasters Men’s and Women’s Longboard contests.  This cements Boardmasters as the most high-profile event in the UK’s surf calendar.

Boardmasters will feature as stop #29 on the WSL international qualifying series tour, giving surfing professionals the opportunity to come to Cornwall to be in with the chance of gaining valuable points in their quest to reach the eilte platform of professional surfing, the Championship Tour (CT).

Fistral Beach, the UK’s premier surfing destination, will again host Boardmasters, with professional surfers travelling from around the globe we will get to see who will become this years Boardmasters champion.  The highly anticipated Boardmasters QS1000 will then run from Wednesday 10th until Sunday 14th August 2016 and the action will kick off with the Boardmasters Men’s Open.  Boardmasters will offer Britain’s best professional surfers, such as Ben Skinner, Luke Dillon, Jobe Harris and Lucy Campbell the chance to compete at an international level whilst in home waters.

Boardmasters promises to deliver five days of exhilarating surf action at one of Cornwall’s must stunning beach settings. Fans and festivalgoers 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.  We cannot wait to see who will lift the coverted Boardmasters title this year and their portion of the $30,500 prize purse.

 

 

Florence and the Machine @ Ally Pally

Last night we went to possibly one of the best gigs we’ve ever been to. Florence and the Machine at Alexandra Palace, and when we say possibly we mean top two!

Having sold out all 2092four nights we were really chuffed to be there and what an awesome venue Ally Pally is; large enough so you feel like you’re at a concert, but small enough to get the intimacy of smaller gigs. The crowd was packed in so we strategically stood to the left by the exit doors, but we still had a clear view. Luckily when the gig started there were two huge digital screens on either side of the stage so we couldn’t miss a thing.

They opened with ‘What the Water Gave Me’, which as an opener was intense, the dark lighting with a glitter ball effect as a back drop, added a really cool image. To follow was ‘Ship to Wreck’ and ‘Shake it Out’ – I think its fair to say the crowd was loving it. But as ever with Florence it was hit after hit after hit.

There wasn’t ever a dip in the set. They performed ‘Cosmic Love’ IMG_0684acoustically on the harp which was again so powerful and engaging. But for me the highlight came with ‘Dogs Days are Over’ where she instructed that everyone remove an item of clothing and wave it around like a mad man…done!
The encore was what every encore should be two huge songs, deep red lighting and the crowd at full tilt. ‘What Kind of Man’ and ‘Drumming Song’ back to back closed the set and with that the night. An energetic, magical and outstanding vocal performance by Florence made what would have been a rather dull Thursday night in London into a top two gig experience.

Have you missed us?

I know, I know, we have been terrible at posting recently BUT in our defense we have been very busy!

We have been all over the place watching music, traveling and eating out at loads of great places! Don’t worry though we are going to be filling you in with everything very soon.

To kick this all off we are going to see the fabulous Florence and the Machine this evening at Alexander Palace so we will make sure and give you a full review!

Speak soon

GVS Co.

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