Boardmasters has today revealed its second wave of acts set to perform at Cornwall’s own surf and music festival, taking place this year from Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 August. At Watergate Bay’s sunrise this morning, Boardmasters unveiled 29 epic acts who will join headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai and Alt-J. With everything from grime, house, alt-rock, reggae, singer-songwriter and much more, Boardmasters is set to return bigger and better than ever to the sun-drenched Cornish coastline for another huge year of surf and music. Tickets are on sale NOW via the website.
Psych rockers The Flaming Lips are currently taking Europe by storm following the 2017 release of their acclaimed 15th studio album ‘Oczy Mlody’. The band, known for their weird and wonderful, larger than life live shows are expected to bring future funk and then some to Boardmasters this August. Festivalgoers can expect super-sized props, eccentric costumes and funked up lighting, with frontman Wayne Coyne and his bandmates pulling out all the stops for a must-see sci-fi infused show.
Platinum-selling Indie rockers The Vaccines, have been teasing that hotly-anticipated new music is coming very soon. Having released three studio albums since they burst onto the scene in 2011, the band has been riding a wave of global success ever since and with more than 1 million records sold worldwide, they’re showing no signs of slowing down. Boardmasters will be treated to the band’s biggest hits including, ‘If You Wanna’, ‘Wetsuit’, ‘I Always Knew’ and possibly even something brand spanking new to bring the glistening backdrop of Watergate Bay alight.
He’s been teasing his return for some time now and having kicked 2017 off with a bang, announcing a debut album and UK tour, Boardmasters can today reveal that grime superstar Stormzy will be performing at this year’s festival. With a string of big tracks and MOBO Awards in his locker, Stormzy’s rise to stardom from the UK underground scene has been nothing short of meteoric. His debut record ‘Shut Up’ is now the most-watched UK freestyle video on YouTube ever, with over 46 million views. The London-born hitmaker will bring gritty, UK grime and hip-hop to Watergate Bay in what’s sure to be an electrifying show.
Boardmasters is also stoked to reveal even more acts added to the bill today. First up is singer-songwriter Frank Turner who’ll bring his politically-tinged punk-folk sound to the Cornish coast. Also announced are UK house duo Gorgon City (Live) and hot on the heels of releasing his critically-acclaimed no.2 UK album ‘Landlord’ is Giggs. The reggae star who needs no introduction – Ziggy Marley appears alongside grime legend Lethal Bizzle, Birmingham-born DJ Hannah Wants, Pete Tong with his feel-good Balearic beats and Hot Since 82 bringing tech house vibes. ‘You Don’t Know Me’ and ‘House Work’ hitmaker Jax Jones joins Tourist, Jagwar Ma, Kurupt FM, Kate Nash, Loyle Carter and Kiko Bun. Late Nite Tuff Guy, Purple Disco Machine, Sonny Fodera, T Williams, Camelphat, JP Cooper, Cortes, Yotto, Palace, Tender Central and Tonn Piper MC complete the latest batch of announced acts for a unique festival experience in the most epic setting the UK has to offer.
Inspired by the freedom, adventure and creativity of surfing and music, Boardmasters was born in 1981. Expect parties that run late into the night and a beautiful beach to recuperate on during the day. The 5-day event is situated across two stunning locations in Cornwall – the surfing mecca of the UK, Fistral Beach, where world class International Surf Competitions take place, and arguably the most stunning location in the country to watch live music, Watergate Bay. Last year the grassroots surf and music festival welcomed over 150,000 festival goers to sunny Cornwall. Book your tickets now!
Boardmasters operates a tiered ticket system with price bands for tickets changing over time. Book tickets now to guarantee the best price!
All tickets on sale now (Charger ticket includes bus pass, parking, VIP camping, Beach Session gigs, After Parties, Boardmasters t-shirt and tote bag)
Click here for tickets and info for 2017’s Boardmasters festival of music and surfing in Cornwall
By Carly Truss
You don’t have to sign up to a years worth of expensive gym membership to get fit and healthy. With the right gear and the right attitude, your bedroom, garden, local park or beach becomes the perfect spot to get down to some yoga and exercise routines.
Whether taking it easy with a few gentle yoga stretches or going full throttle with a sweaty workout, incorporate the following gear and equipment items into your fitness plan and home routines to maximise results and eliminate excuses to get off that sofa.
£17.99 from Beach Boutique
This Surf Girl Guide To Surf Fitness book covers everything to help improve your surfing, health and confidence. From yoga technique, swim training, exercise workouts, stretching and flexibility exercises to core strength and resistance training.
£13.99 from Yoga Mad
Stop slipping around during your workout and on the yoga mat with these ballet inspired Ballerina ToeSox. The non slip sole secures footing on any surface, the heel tab provides protection to the Achilles tendon and the fixe toe construction allows toes to move naturally and support the body through every movement.
£6.49 from Yoga Mad
A versatile little number the Yoga Block is one of the most widely used yoga props, effective for cushioning, raising the floor, providing support to your head and neck during lying positions, balance during standing positions and to help deepen and strengthen your practice.
£6.49 from Yoga Mad
An excellent addition to sweaty situations such as hot or power yoga, the anti-slip yoga mat can be used on its own or with the dot up on top of a mat for hygiene and extra grip. The towel eliminates the moisture hitting your mat and can be machine washed and dried after each practice.
£31.50 (was £45) from Beach Boutique
A versatile addition to your workout wardrobe with a vibrant coral print and a high yoga waistband that will stay firmly put, even in inverted poses. Soft flatlock seams are gentle on the skin and a pocket in the side seam will keep your key safe during sunset sessions on the beach.
Designed to stay in place no matter what you do, this sporty and feminine Pura Vida top and leggings are functional and comfortable whether partaking in yoga, running, surfing or jumping on the SUP. Breathable and stretchy when you need to move freely, plus super eye catching in the gorgeous blue ocean print.
5000 miles driven, hundreds of memories and a shed load of waves has brought me and my partner Ben Hall, along the dramatic coastline from our starting point in California to Jiquilillo, Northern Nicaragua, which time wise, marks the half way point into our 4 month long surfari.
Since continuing through Mexico, stopping off at Puerto Escondido, we encountered somewhat of a flat spell. I was so eager to test out my new short board skills at this world class big wave spot, however Mother Nature had other plans.
Because of the lack of swell, we decided to continue down the coast in search of more waves. We headed straight for Guatemala, which was the most chaotic border crossing so far. Camping in the parking lot of a random chinese restaurant, we stumbled across a Guatemalan Circus which we decided to venture into along with the rest of the village and local police force.
Since the main roads don’t hug the coast in Guatemala, we bee lined it in half a day to El Salvador. The first beach we rocked up to was a coconut palm oasis where a kind lady known affectionately as ‘Tia Tita’ (Aunty Tita) greeted us with a prime spot to park up at. Later we had dinner with the whole family, sharing the fish that we caught that afternoon. Small but fun waves gave us a sweet taste of what was yet to come in El Salvador.
After a farewell to our El Salvadorian hosts, we continued south to the surf capital – El Tunco, a tropical version of Newquay, Cornwall, with all the familiar hustle and bustle. Seeking a more tranquil vibe, we ended up in El Zonte and sessioned a clean right hander until the sun went down.
While living out of the back of a truck, the people you meet can shape the course of the whole journey. We were lucky enough to be invited to stay at a lovely couple’s pad, where they set up a space tent for us in the back garden, introduced us to pulpas – the local version of a pizza pocket. (YUM), put on an outdoor cinema night and showed us around the best local breaks.
Just when we thought we couldn’t get any better luck with the humans we encountered, one morning during a dawny, I shared waves with a local ‘G’ – Jamie.. After chatting for a while it was apparent we were on the same wavelength, given our mutual love for the ocean.
Without any hesitation, he invited us on his trip to the southern beaches of El Salvador, where he spoke of un-surfed beaches, fishing trips and villages that seem to have been frozen in time.
On arrival, it became clear that his description of the area was spot on. We were welcomed into his friend Vadimir’s palace, an incredible ranch overlooking the Pacific. Pool, showers, icy beers, uninhabited beaches and freshly cooked food were all on the menu. It turned out Jamie and his friends were having an old school reunion and made us feel like we were a part of it.
Parting ways with the guys, we sailed through Honduras in four hours on half a tank of fuel in anticipation of the swell that had been predicted to hit the Nicaraguan coastline.
Half way down a rocky dirt track, we blew a tire, right out front of a perfect A frame – what are the odds!!!? – After wrestling with spare tires, jacks, wrenches and sweating our brains out, we grabbed the boards and dived into the fresh ocean.
We spent a few nights camped up on the beach by a Pan de Coco hut (Cocunut bread) where we made ourselves at home.
Having roughed it for a while and Ben getting a bad case of the diahreas, we treated ourselves to a wholesome hostel in Jiquilillo, where hammocks, coconut cinnamon popsicles, a library full of books and a nearby disc golf course kept us entertained for days.
Having bumped into old friends and meeting new ones, El Salvador and Nicaragua have taught me that it’s not just about the path you choose, but the people you meet along the way..
Until next time we continue south with a warm heart and an open mind.
When the surf is flat the locals improvise… tow in surfing, Nica style…
O’Neill Active, with an extensive collection made from recycled beach plastics. Featuring sports bras, shorts, leggings, vests and swimwear, the new line is made from high performance eco-threads by Bionic. Priced between £29.99 – £79.99, the collection will be available online from mid-March at www.oneill.com
Exploring new dimensions and injecting additional product categories, O’Neill Active blends style and function. Forming an integral part of the brands new global initiative, O’Neill Blue – Our Ocean Mission, to produce sustainable surfwear, the new range combines technical features and performance materials. Working alongside New York startup Bionic, the producers of durable and adaptable threads developed from recycled plastic bottles, O’Neill has created a multifunctional collection that takes the wearer from land to water.
With a focus on performance across a variety of disciplines including running, yoga, surfing and stand up paddle boarding, O’Neill Active merges technical properties such as UV protection, quick-drying and wicking. Complementing the high performance styling, the colour palette is popped with pinks, greens and purple, giving the collection a bright, fashionable feel.
Key pieces in the range include the flattering zip-up one-piece, slim-fit leggings, lightweight shorts, mesh-insert bra top, as well as the reversible top and matching bottoms.
Ready for summer, the O’Neill Active Reversible Top is the perfect fit for an on-the-go lifestyle. Taking the wearer from a morning yoga class, to a day on the beach, this versatile piece benefits from UV 50 and an unreasonably fast drying time thanks to O’Neill Hyperdry technology. Show off this season’s stunning all-over print or wear it reversed for plain black. Team it with the Active Reversible Bottoms.
Designed in super soft, breathable, stretchy fabric with contrasting side panels, the O’Neill Active Print Leggings are built for hiking, running, surfing, yoga or simply exploring. Boasting UV 50, quick- dry technology and reflective detailing at the back, these provide protection day and night.
A cutting-edge one-piece in a standout summer print with stylish mesh panels. Designed in quick-dry fabric with UV 50, the stylish high neck and long sleeves provide added protection in the sun. With a zip back and cheeky bottom cut, the Active Longsleeve Swimsuit is the perfect companion for an action packed summer in the water.
The medium support Active Mesh Insert Bra Top is packed with technical features including UV 50, O’Neill Hyperdry and sweat-wicking. With a beautiful cross-over back and revealing mesh detailing, this top is built for yoga, cycling and stand up paddle boarding.
O’Neill Active Shorts have been designed in a breathable, lightweight and sweat-wicking fabric. Available in four different prints and with UV 50, this mid-thigh design is ideal for summer cycling, beachside yoga and trail running.
Our Ocean Mission launched back 2016 in an effort to help reduce the estimated 12 million tons of plastic flooding the world’s seas. Despite being a drop in the ocean when it comes to eliminating marine litter, O’Neill hopes the upcycling-plastic practice will inspire consumers and others in the surf industry to take another step toward bringing about real change for the planet.
It’s really important to warm your body up before exercising, it can help reduce your risk of injury and will get your body ready for any workout. Ambers pre warm up should be carried out before completing any of the Sofa to Surf videos and also is a great warm up to do before hitting the surf.
We can all lack workout inspiration from time to time, struggling to find the right work out to both burn calories and build lean muscle. Sometimes you simply just don’t have enough time to spend hours in the gym, which is why we love Amber at Vanhoof Fitness 20 minute Surf HIIT Workout, which is for anyone, to do anywhere. So next time you’re stuck with what to do at the gym or at home, why not give our HIIT Surf Workout a go? You don’t need a lot of time and this workout can even be done on your lunch break or in-between your fave TV program!
by Carly Truss
In February we launched our online health and fitness take over ‘Sofa to Surf’, kicking things off with a healthy breakfast recipe, surf specific fitness videos and our first edition of surf and yoga recommended surf camps.
Continuing on this health and fitness path, this Edition 2 Travel Guide highlights a few more of our favourite yoga and surf+yoga retreats from around the world.
Surf and yoga goes hand-in-hand, helping surfers improve balance and flexibility, sharpen mental focus and increase strength. So for a little namaste out of the water and a little ‘hell yeah’ when catching waves, check out the following:
Come experience what El Salvador’s coastline has to offer: world-class waves, great friends, delicious food, and a wonderful yoga adventure. Balancé Yoga Retreats thoughtfully designed space will dazzle your senses and you’ll have the adventure of your life!
The Surf & Yoga Retreat at Balancé is just that, an adventure combining world-class surfing with carefully sequenced yoga classes in one of the finest studio spaces you’ll ever find. Accommodation is provided in luxury villas and waterfront suites that are just steps from the waves. A typical day will include early morning yoga classes for fast-risers, surfing lessons for beginners, or guided surf trips to El Salvador’s classic point breaks for more advanced riders. Apart from yoga and surfing there are fun day trips and activities, massages and wellness services on offer plus transportation to get you to and from the airport.
Bespoke offline time at Arrifana beach, SouthWest Portugal! Whether looking for a mix of surf and yoga or surf/yoga only, Offline House has the perfect holiday for you.
Located at the heart of the natural park this is the perfect setting to disconnect from your online world and reconnect with yourself, nature and the people around you. Offline Portugal builds packages according to what you are looking for and offers a wide range of activities such as surf, yoga, music, hikes, massages, kayak tours and SUP. They also offer an in house yoga instructor offering lessons everyday and ready made weekly programmes on which you only need to book the dates. The team invite all guests to experience a few ‘smartphones free days’ and to experience life for real without the social media presence. You will love it!
Disconnect to Reconnect with surf, yoga & music
For over thirteen years, Pura Vida Adventures has been empowering women with their world renowned surf and yoga retreat in Costa Rica. Their all inclusive 7-day/6-night retreat is located at a barefoot, luxury beachfront hotel in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Enjoy ocean view bungalows, beachfront swimming pool and yoga studio, and healthy, gourmet cuisine. Surf adventures activities include: daily surf and yoga instruction, a one-hour private massage, nature hikes, and outings that introduce you to the local culture. They combine surfing and culture for a complete Costa Rican “pura vida” experience.
Whether you’re a first-time surfer who’s never stepped on a board, an experienced ripper wanting to try different breaks and get intensive feedback, or simply a curious soul looking to challenge yourself and then recharge with some hammock time under the cool of a palm tree, Pura Vida Adventures surf and yoga retreat is the perfect retreat for women of all ages and abilities.
Challenge your body, relax your soul and join a community full of laughter and fun.
Sansara means continuous flow, and at Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort, yoga and surfing go hand in hand. Arise each morning to the sound of the waves as you deepen your practice both on and off the mat. The friendly and warm waters of Cambutal offer surf breaks for all levels, weather you’re just beginning your surf journey or have years in the waves. Join Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort for a 6 Night Luxury Stay Salty Surf Retreat in Panama. Enjoy 3 healthy gourmet meals daily, daily yoga classes, 5 days of surfing & instruction from Professional Surfer Leah Oke, shuttle transportation to and from Panama City – Sansara, complimentary use of SUP boards and bikes, and more!
Disconnect to Reconnect
Come and join one of the best retreats Portugal has to offer, with a superb mix of Iyengar based yoga, surf and nourishment.
Yogaion offers three different packages within the same retreat: the original Yoga & Surf package; The Yoga, Surf & Nourish; and the Yoga & Nourish which is the lush wellness option. What makes the retreats extra special is the stunning location at the eco ocean view beach house amidst a coastal national park plus Yogaion only accommodates for small groups with a maximum of 10.
Start the day with an invigorating yoga class breathing in the fresh ocean air, followed by fun on the beach or pamper yourself with wellness sessions at the retreat, rounding the day off at sunset with a relaxing, restorative Yoga session. All combined with yummy, healthy food based on a mostly organic, local, vegan/vegetarian diet. See you there!
Peace and tranquility in the most beautiful surroundings of the Algarve.
Nestled in Seminyak on a beautiful and exclusive sanctuary, Ocean Soul Retreat is a boutique, women’s only haven designed for ultimate relaxation and restoration.
Reset with the team in Bali for a week of wellness, surf and yoga. The program includes 7 days in the Ocean Soul luxurious accommodation complete with delicious and nutritious meals to prepare you for hitting the surf, relaxation massages, a holistic treatment, a coaching session, yoga and morning asanas in the beautiful garden, wellness workshops, wholefood cooking demonstrations all alongside your specific activity of choice – yoga, surf and yoga, pilates or holistic healing.
The team want to make sure you get the most out of your holiday and no matter which program you choose, how little or how much you do is always up to you.
Plus the retreat is limited to 14 women to ensure a transformative and fulfilling experience for all.
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) and Ecover call on community volunteers to join the Big Spring Beach Clean this April (3rd – 9th April). Helping to clean up beaches nationwide and recycle over 50,000* plastic bottles as part of the Ecover Ocean Plastic Bottle Project.
The Big Spring Beach Clean has fast become the biggest and boldest beach clean project in the UK, with tens of thousands of volunteers participating around the UK coastline over the last 5 years. This April SAS & Ecover will welcome over 10,000 volunteers at hundreds of community events across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Marine plastic pollution is Surfers Against Sewage’s priority issue and the charity is delighted to be joining forces with Ecover, who have pioneered the use of reclaimed marine plastic in their limited edition Ocean Plastic Bottle since 2014. The Big Spring Beach Clean will help remove 50,000 plastic bottles from UK beaches, recycling many into reusable, refillable Ecover Ocean Plastic Bottles in 2018.
Communities across the UK have already registered hundreds of community beach clean events, with individuals, schools, fellow NGOs, community groups and businesses stepping forward. Surfers Against Sewage now invite you to register and lead your own Big Spring Beach Clean as part of this community-driven project. Their beach clean team make organising your event easy, inclusive and enjoyable, so please drop SAS an email today with the name of your favourite beach at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01872 553 001.
For more information, please visit www.sas.org.uk
We’ve had our annual office spring clean and have found all sorts of cool things hidden away in the corners of Orca Towers. So we have two prizes up for grabs. We’re offering the Mystery Box to one lucky reader and the Rip Curl shorty (UK 8) to another.
The gorgeous Rip Curl shorty is from summer 2016 but still looks great and is perfect for sunny days at the beach (which are coming soon!). In the Mystery Box there are many lovely things from summer and winter collections, some from your fave brands and some unbranded. Plus a few accessories thrown into the mix and a couple of things for the boys.
All you have to do to win the goodies is tell us in a few words in the box below;
What you’re most looking forward to in 2017.
The most entertaining and interesting answers will win the prizes!
The ‘What’s in the Box?’ competition finishes on 28th February. There’s no cash alternatives or replacements, what you see is what you get. For postage cost reasons, the Mystery Box can only be won by someone in the UK, the Rip Curl shorty prize is worldwide. So if you opt for the Mystery Box let us know which UK town you’re from please.
The road trip led then to magical places, and they did score great waves which was the cherry on top
The key to loosing weight and maintaining a healthy diet is making sure you eat regularly and snack healthy. Here’s an awesome low fat dip which is packed with vitamins.
We love this Pea and Walnut Dip from Squirrel Sisters. It’s so easy to make and can be stored away in the fridge for those moments when you’re wanting a little pick me up midway through the day and is much better for you than a packet of crisps. This dip goes well with crudities and can also be a lovely dinner party dish. Even though the ingredients are quite simple the nutritional benefits are still great, walnuts are high in Omega-3 fats and antioxidants which some research shows can help support brain health. Peas are also packed full of vitamins such as vitamin K, vitamin C, zinc and many more.
1. Pop all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
2. Pour the mix into a serving dip bowl and drizzle a little more extra olive oil and sprinkle over some walnuts to garnish.
3. Enjoy with crudities, crisps, bread sticks or flat breads.
For more nutritional recipes get the Surf Girl Guide to Surf Fitness