Well we have made it safely to Newquay and have well and truly thrown ourselves into the mix at Boardmasters 2014 and have to say we have had an incredible first day. Although Friday was our first day, it is actually the 3rd day of the festival after getting underway on Wednesday and by all accounts this is already shaping up to be the best Boardmasters ever.
For myself this is my first time at the festival since 1989 when the event was still very much in its infancy and focused mainly as a stop on the Surfing tour. The biggest change you can’t help but notice, is the sheer size of the festival and the professionalism and organisation that has gone into making everything work in harmony between the two focal points of Fistral and Watergate.
On arrival we quickly got the home comforts sorted (basically threw the tent up and lobbed the sleeping bag inside) and headed out to get amongst it. It is nice to see such a wide range of people, from all different ages, backgrounds and interests who have all gathered for this weekend of music, Surf and fingers crossed – sun.
Highlights of the day have to be the Keg and Pasty as the place to hang out at Watergate Bay with the fantastic vista and chilled out vibe, the opening performance by The Boscastle Bouys is something that will go down in memory. Although not overly busy with the lunchtime slot, the powerful harmonies and foot tapping tunes had the crowd that had gathered merrily bobbing along.
The Flowrider Competition at Fistral was entertaining and drew a strong crowd. We were lucky enough to attend the premier of Breaking Through at The Beach Bar situated right on Fistral beach and have to say this new UK film is a stonker, more details to follow, but you need to look out for this film as it moves to Bristol and then London, before being released on DVD later this year.
We are now back at Watergate and the crowds are thronging for Chase and Status and needless to say we are about to get in the mixer and cut some shapes. Boardmasters 2014 is already promising to go down in history and Surf Report are gonna be right at the heart of it!