For us, Boardmasters 2015 finally got underway yesterday, with the van loaded and the liver flushed and ready, we wound our way down to Cornwall, to join the festival which has been underway since Wednesday. I don’t know what the reason, maybe people are making up for the lost hurricane day from last year, or the huge range of music acts have drawn in a more diverse crowd, or maybe everyone is just up for a party but the atmosphere at Fistral and Watergate is absolutely electric. From the moment we finally arrived in the town, just in time to see the Mens Open surf competition get underway the air was tingling with anticipation and excitement.
With the sun shining over Fistral Beach the opening rounds of the Mens Open, presented by Carve did not disappoint, as the early heats of the competition played out in perfect 3ft surf. The first big shock of the day came when the 2014 champion, Jock Barnes was knocked out of the opening heat by Harry DeRoth and Jayce Robinson. Further shocks came with the elimination of aerial wizard Reubyn Ash, local boy Mark ‘Egor’ Harris and the Geordie surfer Sam Lamiroy. The hometown spectators did have some things to celebrate as the local duo of Oli Adams and Alan Stokes both progressed into the semi finals.
It was then a mad dash to the festival site at Watergate to get amongst the crowds and begin savouring the musical extravaganza, which this year includes appearances by Faithless, Rudimental, The Darkness, De La Soul and Bastille. As always it was straight to the Keg and Pasty and with a pint of Betty’s in hand we drank in not only the ale but the festival buzz and cast our gaze across Watergate Bay.
Without taking anything away from any of the other acts at the various venues, Faithless didn’t fail to deliver and the crowd was strong and enthusiastic. The Point presented by Relentless DJ stage was another popular crowd puller.
Today is another glorious day but with the surf still small it will be a tough battle for the surfers. We were lucky enough to be invited by Ben Skinner to view his new factory in Newquay and to catch up with him as he prepared for his first WSL longboard heat. We caught up with him as he cleaned and waxed his board, where he told us he is amped and can’t wait to get on it and defend his 2014 title. The new Skindog Factory is really professional and with the new shop now open, get yourself down there and check out the quality of the boards on offer.
As for tonight, for us it will be all about making sure we are at main stage to see Seasick Steve, De la Soul and Rudimental back to back. Let us know if you are also onsite and what has been your highlight so far and what are you most looking forward to for the rest of the weekend?