At Watergate Bay’s first light this morning, Boardmasters announced its first wave of acts playing in 2017 – including all Main Stage headliners and many more. Cornwall’s own surf and music festival plays host to Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai and ALT-J alongside 13 of the world’s most exciting and varied acts including Slaves, Jake Bugg, Andy C, Patrick Topping and more. After last year’s first ever sell-out success, boosted by the glorious weather, Boardmasters returns to the stunning sun-drenched Cornish coastline for another year, giving festival goers the hottest surf and music action in the UK. The festival runs from Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 August, with the Fistral Beach surfing action kicking off from the Wednesday. Tickets are on sale NOW via the website.
Indie pop legends Two Door Cinema Club are on an all-time high with the release of their new Top 10 album ‘Gameshow’, seeing the band riding another massive wave of success. The band behind huge hits ‘What You Know’, ‘Something Good Can Work’ and more have soundtracked many a summer. Two Door Cinema Club never fail to deliver and are sure to kick-start Boardmasters in style when they headline the main stage on Friday 11 August.
Photo: Alex Rawson
The ‘Space Cowboy’ himself Jamiroquai will be bringing funk by the bucket load to Watergate Bay on Saturday 12 August. The multi-platinum groove masters have no shortage of smash hits like ‘Virtual Insanity’, ‘Deeper Underground’, ‘Space Cowboy’ and ‘Cosmic Girl’. The star has more tunes under his elaborate hat than you can shake a bucket and spade at, and will whip the crowd into a funked up party in no time.
Sunday headliners Alt-J show no sign of slowing down as the eccentric, folktronic three-piece recently scored a number 1 with their second album ‘This Is All Yours’, which earned them a well-deserved Grammy nod. Chilled and electrifying all at once; the shimmering backdrop of Watergate Bay is the only place you’ll want to be as Alt-J close the Boardmasters Main Stage on Sunday 13 August.
Boardmasters are also stoked to announce 16 more new acts. First up are punk upstarts Slaves who tore up the rule book with their raucous, mosh inducing and feel good tunes. Also announced are the beloved singer songwriter Jake Bugg, Andy C who is one of the most iconic figures in global dance music culture, Cumbrian indie pop four-piece Wild Beasts, Patrick Topping – one of the most in demand names in dance music, legendary DJ Roger Sanchez, possibly the most recognisable voice in dance Becky Hill, TQD (Royal T, DJ Q, Flava D), Theo Kottis, Tom Grennan, Solardo, Royal T, DJ Q, Flava D, Cadenza and pop duo Youngr, who will join Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai and Alt-J for a weekend of unforgettable life-affirming performances from the biggest names in music, in the most epic festival setting the UK has to offer. From the first wave to the last beat Boardmasters brings likeminded souls together for a unique festival experience so grab your flip flops, pack your tent and we’ll see you at the beach.
Photo: Sam Neill
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! Website link.
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There is something so magical about where I am right now, in the heart of the Mexican countryside. Tropical jungle, with vegetation, so green and vibrant, it stimulates the senses to a point of disbelief. From the crystal clear waters and desert of Southern Baja where we have made our home for the past couple of weeks, there couldn’t be more of a contrast to our current location.
Since making a home by the ocean near Todos Santos, Baja, the main focus of the trip for me has been on improving my surfing. Trying to adapt to a much shorter board has its many challenges. Paddle power and upper body strength to get into the wave with less volume underneath you can be frustrating, however being able to duck dive has saved me from consuming much energy that is usually wasted on turtle rolling.
Fresh vegetables and fruit were all readily available from little shacks at the side of the road, we would cook these over an open fire with rice and occasionally fish whenever we were lucky enough to catch one.
Having so much time in between surfing, it was great just to relax and be creative. We made a Christmas tree from driftwood and seashells and spent the festive evenings with some legendary locals. New Years Eve was particularly eccentric as we attended a sunset viewing of local surf footage accompanied by live electric guitar.
One of the great things about having the base camp in Baja was being able to get grounded with a daily routine after all the movement of being on the road. This consisted of oil pulling, (rinsing out your mouth with coconut oil to eliminate toxins), Pranayam (breathing exercises) and Asanas (physical stretching) which all made for an invigorating way to start each day before paddling out into the line up.
As we wake and sleep with the sun, we didn’t stay conscious to see in 2017, but we did rise the next day to a beautiful glassy four foot New Year’s swell.
After spending ten days in total relaxation it was with a heavy heart that we had to part with Baja to continue our journey south. On arrival at the ferry port in La Paz, we were turned away due to not having the correct paperwork to import our truck (The Chief) over to mainland Mexico. We needed a visa known as an FMM, which we now refer to as ‘FM’! After a couple of days in various offices trying to organise this document, reality dawned upon us, we were going to have to drive the whole way around into mainland Mexico, adding 2000 extra miles onto our journey. Our initial cockiness about sailing through the border at Tijuana was short lived.
Arriving in Tijuana AGAIN, we all went through the processes necessary to obtain the paper work and officially import our vehicle. Finally leaving the crazy city, we said our goodbyes to our driving buddies and caned it into mainland Mexico desperate to make up for lost time and lost waves.
As we travelled south, stopping at various beaches, the desert turned into a jungle and the surf started to deliver. We treated ourselves to a five dollar hut overlooking a long lasting left, peeling off a river mouth, while giant turtles popped their heads over the waves to scope the scene.
The sense of well being returned more and more with every left I caught. It seems that the Pacific coast so far has been mostly right handers, so for me (being goofy) this was a real treat.
It is going to be difficult to leave this wonderful country, however, we still have another four to drive through until we reach Costa Rica, where we will be attending an event called Envision from 23-26th February which explores yoga, permaculture, music and has a surf break within the grounds of the festival..
For tickets and more information about the Envision Festival, hit up the website www.envisionfestival.com
Ahh yes the go-to meal on those days when the cold surf has done you in, when your body aches a little and your nose is full of seawater. The wind is howling outside, so put the TV on, grab your warmest socks, whip this up in 10 minutes and slurp away. This hearty warming recipe is from Surf Cafe Living on page 150.
Big Phat Veggie Noodle Soup
You need a wok
1 packet ramen noodles
2 thumb-size pieces of ginger, finely sliced into sticks
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 small onion, sliced
½ stick celery
1 red chilli (seeds in if you need to sweat it out), sliced
1 pepper, sliced (any colour)
2 scallions (green onions), sliced
1 portion veg, like broccoli, spinach, beans – preferably something green for health
50g (½ cup) coriander, chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
750ml (3½ cups) veg stock (hot water from the kettle and organic veg cube)
Coriander to garnish
To begin, slice everything down nice and thin. Prep the work area and get organised because things are going to cook fast.
Put the kettle on as you need boiling water.
Grab the wok and heat it up with vegetable oil and sesame oil until it’s just smoking.
For more delicious recipes grab a copy of Surf Cafe Living.
Surfing, yoga and travel have always been my passions so it comes naturally to write about them. Bali provides the perfect alchemy of all three so I am happy to share my Bali essentials tips for your next surf and yoga adventure to our island paradise.
Travelling solo to an unknown country can be scary and challenging in so many ways, hence it is important to do your research before you go. Bali does cater exceptionally well to female travellers especially those who are looking to surf or practice yoga. There are a number of camps and retreats in Bali for all tastes and budgets ranging from a dirty mattress on the floor to the most luxury of 5 star resorts. What they all offer is the opportunity for you to find your perfect wave, make new friends, have new experiences and embrace the beautiful lifestyle Bali can provide.
Bali is a tropical paradise, with great surf conditions most of the year. So here is our first tip, if you are thinking in booking a trip to the Island of Gods, for an epic surf holiday, make sure is in between March – November, this is the best time! If you can only come December through to February be aware that it rains a lot and the waves are less consistent.
Get fit before you go! The fitter and stronger you are before you arrive in Bali the more you will get out of your time in here. There’s loads of information on fitness for surfing so work out which one best suits you and embrace it for the months leading up to your trip and you will reap the rewards (get a copy of The Surf Girl Guide To Surf Fitness). Our guests often find that having a visit planned helps motivate them to get in the gym, on the mat or in the pool so they ready to surf when they arrive!
Bali’s surf spots have been well documented since the late ’70s and there are waves here for all surfers of all abilities, however the surf can change here very quickly depending on the swell, tides and wind. The same surf spot that offered perfect ride able green waves at 8am might be too shallow and only for the pros by 11 am. So it pays to have some local knowledge to search out the best waves for you on the island. The best surf camps and retreats will have a team of experienced coaches and guides who will be able to get you to the right location, keep you feeling safe and comfortable in the water and make sure you get that all important perfect ride. (They should also have a host who can let you know about the other essentials like cafes, restaurants, shopping and spas too!)
You don’t need to burn to bronze! The ruin of many a European surfer girl’s trip has been over exposure to the tropical sun. You will get a tan when you are here but what we don’t recommend is laying out in the sun for hours drenched in coconut oil! Especially when you are just off the jet, you will end looking like a lobster. It also pays to try and surf early in the mornings to avoid the heat (and crowds) and get in the habit of carrying a water bottle with you. There is a fantastic range of rash vests and surf leggings available on the market that we recommend to help protect your skin from the sun.
Travel light! As a rough guide don’t pack more than you can carry by yourself with a surfboard under your arm, especially if you plan on doing a little island hopping. The weather is warm all year round so you can leave your jackets, boots and scarves at home. The shopping in Bali is also amazing and really affordable so a couple of outfits, flip flops and your beachwear will be all you need.
Bali with its strong Hindu culture has long been a famous centre for yoga practice. Therefore I definitely recommend that if you have not already tried yoga that you give it a go in Bali. The benefits that yoga can have on your surfing are far-reaching through improved strength, flexibility, or simply just breathing better; all these elements are important for your surfing development. There are a number of yoga specific retreats in Ubud or you can stay a surf and yoga camp that will incorporate yoga for surfing into your schedule.
-Enjoy a coconut on the beach at sunset and sunrise from the top of a volcano.
-Get pampered like a princess for a pauper’s price.
-Shop or dance the night away Seminyak.
-Indulge in delicious cuisine from all over the world.
-Visit an orphanage and donate something to Bali’s less fortunate.
-Passport: make sure it has over 6 months left until it expires
-Travel insurance (be sure to check out your policies limitations)
-Travel documents (flight tickets, accommodation vouchers, etc)
-International driver license (totally optional, but riding a scooter in Bali, can be fun and a convenient way to get around).
-Money: it’s always helpful to bring some cash in the currency of the country you are travelling to.
-Previous research about the place you are travelling (weather, safety, surf forecast, food, etc)
-A travel journal, its always great to read back about your adventures.
-A book or your kindle for lazy afternoons in the hammock
-Hard drive for collecting photos and bringing your favourite movies and tv series.
-Bikinis: we love bikinis and one pieces, make sure you bring as many as you have, there is never enough bikinis!
-Shortie wetsuit (especially if you are coming between June –September)
-Long sleeve rashvest and surf leggings especially for beginners who will be using soft boards.
-Sunglasses + hat
-Flip flops + pair of sandals
-Clothes: Denim shorts, beach dresses and light clothes for warm weather
-Beach towels or sarongs
-Toiletries; toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo – conditioner, oil for your hair before and after surfing. (We love beach hair, but we also love a healthy good looking beach hair).
-Camera; to document your trip round Bali
-First aid kit
-Ding repair kit; this could totally save your surf trip
-Surfboard; make sure you take your fins, wax off, pack your board in bubble warp before you put it in your board bag, and don’t forget your fin key.
* Shortboards are easy to travel with! If you have a longboard, its better to leave it home, especially in Bali you can rent one anywhere you go.
Remember ladies to travel with an open heart, savour the moment, embrace the beauty of your journey, share your story with others and enjoy every moment on the road.
Yeni Canelon is the owner and operator of Salti Hearts Surf and Yoga Camp for Girls in Bali. Originally from the Caribbean Yeni has been teaching surfing and yoga around the world. For the last 12 years as an Oceanographer Yeni has also worked for a number of clean water charities around the world. In her spare time she enjoys adopting puppies and drinking hazelnut lattes.
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Gold medals. Experiences. It’s different for each of us. Driven by day and crazed by night, pre-dawn to après, our pattern is clear: FIND, LEAVE, REPEAT.
For the past six years I have been coaching women and girls how to surf and I’ve also worked with a few men and boys along the way too. With everyone having their own unique style, fitness levels and also varying in flexibility I found it’s important to tailor pop ups individually. I have three ways to teach pop ups and here’s my breakdown on how to get to your feet effectively.
Beginner Pop Up – 3 Stage Pop Up
This is what I teach complete beginners and also people who are new to fitness. It’s the easiest way to get to you feet and it really slows it down and breaks the pop up into three manageable stages.
Step 1 When you’ve stopped paddling for the wave, place your hands on the board, as if you were about to do a press up. You need to now slide to your knees, keeping your hands firmly on the board.
Step 2 Now it’s time to get your feet up. Bring up your front foot. If you’re regular like me this will be your left foot and if you’re goofy this will be your right. Use your hands to help push off as you bring your front foot up and place it flat on the board.
Step 3 The back foot needs to come up in this stage. Once again push off your hands or fingertips and place the back foot down. Release the hands and bring the arms up for extra balance. Bend your knees and get your eyes up!
Intermediate Pop Up – 2 Stage Pop Up
These pops up is perfect for the people who want to stop getting to their knees and are aiming towards to the advance jump up method.
I used this pop up technique the other week when coaching a one to one lesson; the lady I was working with got to her knees every time and after using this method she managed to ditch the knee and got up so much quicker.
Step 1 Again when you’re on the wave and you can feel it pushing you forward it’s time to press up into a plank position. At the same time as pushing up you need to bring your front foot forward, placing in down on the board.
Step 2 Once your front foot is down you will also be in a deep lunge on the board, this is when you need to get your back foot in place. Sometimes it’s easier to slide your back foot into place but if this is difficult because of wetsuit boots then simply place your back foot down. Release your hands, bend your knees, get your eyes up and get surfing.
Advance Pop Up – Jump Up
This is by far the hardest BUT the most effective way to pop up, so it’s definitely one to aim for. You can actually start generating speed once you’ve popped up because it’s a quicker movement.
Similar to the Intermediate Pop Up, the Advanced Pop up requires you to start in a press up position but instead of bringing up one foot at a time you need to bring both feet up at the same time. This is a jumping motion and is very explosive. It needs to happen fast and as soon as you’re to your feet you need to release your hands get your eyes up and look down the line.
Remember mastering the perfect pop up takes time and practice. It’s not an easy thing to master but the more to try it the easier it will become. Happy Surfing!
For more surfing tips get The Surf Girl Handbook, available worldwide or at the Beach Boutique.
Words by Corinne Evans
We love being outside but sometimes during the long winter months we just feel like hunkering down and taking inspiration from hygge.
Pronounced “HUE-gah” this Danish word conjours up the winter lifestyle ritual in the Danish community. The emphasis is on spending more time with family and friends and finding ways to feel more content especially during the long, cold months of winter. Learning to appreciate the smallest of moments and becoming more content in our home. Winter for some people can be an extremely hard time of year and we often have to look for alternative ways to boost our moods but what if we could find joy in the simplest of things, at home?
Enjoying a hot coffee, snuggling up on the sofa under a warm blanket, reading a good book by candle light or inviting someone round to share a slice of a freshly baked cake. Whatever simple pleasure we choose, share them and see how it changes the way we make our way through mid winter.
Home is where the heart is and where ever we call home, we can make that place a sanctuary where we can fully relax, rejuvenate and energise our wellbeing. Try to create an environment that is simple, comfortable and cosy. Use natural light and candles to create light pools which we can bask in as we enjoy a warming home cooked meal. Fill rooms with scents that lift our mood and leave the senses feeling awakened. Light a candle and enjoy the warm peachy tones that decorate the walls.
We should all try appreciating the simple moments our own homes this winter.
If you would like to add a Nordic touch to your home, then check out our hygge-inspired products at the Beach Boutique website and embrace winter!
Get rid of your harsh lighting and create a warm glow with these gorgeous one off hand painted lampshades.
Step away from Facebook and your phone and get your drawing pencils out instead. Colour away in the The Surf Girl’s Journal.
Snuggle up under a colourful wool blanket with a good book and enjoy some quiet time. Atlantic Blankets have some lovely colourful blankets to brighten up the gloomy weather.
Hygge is all about home cooking. So be inspired to make some super warming and comforting recipes from Guinness Stew to a Tangy Lemon Slice in the Surf Cafe Cookbook and share with a friend.
Add a cosy, calming vibe to your home with beautiful scented candles like the St Eval candles – Tranquility Candle
Love your home and enjoy winter. See more like this at the Beach Boutique]]>
Since quitting the corporate world and leaving the hustle and bustle of day to day life, I have been making a conscious effort to follow the path that makes me happiest. Surfing, yoga and exploring, which I am lucky enough to be able to share with my partner in crime, Ben Hall.
Where I am sat right now, most encapsulates this as I’m overlooking glassy blue waves, from our make shift Mexican camp out of the back of our ever faithful Ford Explorer “The Chief” while Blue Whales breach in the distance.
We have finally hit the first portion of the epic journey that started in Los Angeles after a huge amount of preparation, bed building, car searching, paper work and enough camping equipment to scale Everest. It has taken us one week to get to the warm waves of Southern Baja from LA where we have found a hidden oasis with an A-Frame peak and a smooth right hander, not far from Todos Santos.
Our journey started in North Hollywood where we stayed with family members for the week, which helped massively giving us a base to plan the mission. From the hectic streets of Venice Beach to the apocalyptic weather in San Diego, where we had to urban camp with a river of rain water pouring down the streets and palm tree leaves whipping into our beloved truck. Since it was so breezy, we headed to the pub where the nachos were cheesy and after a few pints, the urban camping was easy.
Next step was hitting the US/Mexico border at Tijuana, with all of our documents at the ready, we sailed through without so much as having to show our passports. The open road was ours. As the landscape started to change into cactus and palms the atmosphere noticeably lifted to give rise to a sense of calm and serenity. However with many military stops, with young Mexicans holding large machine guns along the way reminded me that all is not as calm as the general vibes would suggest. We ran into one particular encounter where Ben unwittingly drove through an ‘ALTO’ sign at a military check point, but luckily no shots fired.
We spent a couple more nights as we drove through the desert, camping with fellow road trippers we met along the way in remote locations, where the morning rituals would be yoga and a morning swim then a quick fish for breakfast. Driving through Loreto we hit our 1000 mile mark. We caned it the rest of the way until we arrived at Ceritos beach, where we cracked a tinny, watched a sunset and saw the Manta Rays flipping on the horizon. Since building a home made out of rocks, driftwood a canvas and ‘The Chief’, we have decided to make this our base for the next week or so while we get our fix of waves until we feel the urge to continue the road trip south for the next 3000 miles to Costa Rica.
We will let you know how that went in our next blog in a couple of weeks time.