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WATCH: Boardmasters kicks off in Cornwall

WATCH: Boardmasters kicks off in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:08pm 9th August 2017. (Updated at 5:24pm 9th August 2017)

Cornwall's biggest surf and music festival is officially underway for 2017.

The surfing competition has started at Newquay's iconic Fistral beach.

The Quicksilver Men's Open and the Roxy Women's Open are both taking place on Wednesday, followed by the Men's and Women's Longboard comp on Friday.

International surfer Ben Skinner grew up in Perranporth, he's competing in the longboarding comp.

He told Pirate FM: "Boardmasters in Newquay is a major one for me and a big event for Cornwall itself.

"I love it, it is one of the best events for me, purely because we don't have another event of that stature in the country, to be able to compete at that level and have your home crowd, your family and friends all there supporting you is an amazing feeling.

"Genuinely, Cornwall is one of the most pleasurable places to be, I always love coming home no matter where I've been, it's a beautiful place with lovely people and beautiful coastlines. The beaches are accessible and family-friendly and it is a lovely place to come."

Meantime the music side of the festival kicks off at Watergate Bay on Friday.

Two Door Cinema Club, Newton Faulkner and The Flaming Lips will all be playing.

On Saturday, Jamiroquai, The Vaccines and Lethal Bizzle take to the main stage and on Sunday, Alt J, Stormzy and Ziggy Marley will finish the festival.

You can find the full line-up here.

Alongside the music, there is also going to be a string of film screenings.

As part of the BFI Britain on film scheme, a team will be showing off some archive surfing short films from years gone by.

The short films have been traced through the archive and are very rare pieces of history, some of which were made right here in Cornwall.

Anyone interested is invited to head down to The Netloft between 11am and 12pm on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August.

This year the British Film Institute (BFI) is celebrating Britain on Film.

Britain on Film is a three-year project led by the BFI, that reveals hidden histories and forgotten stories of people and places from the UK's key film and TV archives.

It is anchored by the BFI Player's Film and TV Map of the UK, giving everybody in the UK free access to thousands of film and TV titles featuring where they live, grew up, or any place of interest in Britain.

Some of the films that will be screening :

  • Splashdance 1983 (SWFTA)

Sixteen of the world's top surfing professionals have come to Fistral Beach in Newquay for the Fosters Draught Euro Pro Championships. Over eighty thousand people witnessed three hundred and sixty degree turns off-the-lips, cutbacks and on-the-face surfing. The competition is caught on film by Television South West (TSW) with an underwater cameraman, Slim Macdonald. International stars include defending champion Richard Cram, Wayne Raddock, Shaun Thompson, Martin Potter, Joe Engel, David Bar and Rabbit Bartholemew.

  • Surf Followers 1966 (SWFTA)

Hawaiian surfer and lifeguard Jack Lydgate discusses the growing potential for surfing in Cornwall. Jack gave surfing lessons and the sport was growing so safety was of paramount importance. Jack was among the first to take on the Cribbar, a reef creating big thirty feet waves at Towan Head off Newquay.

  • Newquay Surfing Championship 1976 (SWFTA)

Surf's up at Newquay's Fistral Beach in Cornwall for the International Professional Surfers' world tour in 1976. The Australian, Peter Townend is the champion and PT is also the first ever World Surfing Champion. In 1976 surfing turns from amateur to professional and surfers including Wayne Bartholomew establish surfing as a profession.

  • British Surfing Team in Newquay 1978 (SWFTA)

Watch British Surfing Team members Steve Daniel and Nigel Semmens walking along the beach with their surfboards, while men and women of all ages look out to sea and soak up the atmosphere. Daniel and Semmens are interviewed about being the best of British in their chosen sport. In the 1970s, Steve Daniel and Nigel Semmens surfed on the World International Professional Surfers' Tour competing against the world's best surfers in Hawaii, South Africa and Australia.

  • Lights, Camera, Action (Museum of British Surfing) 

The First Wave film is an introduction to the history and development of surfing in Britain from the 1930s to today.

Take a look at one of them below...


Up to 50,000 festival goers are expected to flock to Boardmasters this weekend and Devon and Cornwall Police are on hand to help ensure it runs smoothly and to minimise crime.

Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith, Police Commander for East Cornwall, said: "We work closely with the organisers with the aim of ensuring the event goes smoothly. This is a safe, well-established event that has run successfully for a number of years, with low crime rates.

"The police have assisted with the design of the site to ensure it is as secure and safe as possible.

"There will be a significant police presence aimed at keeping people safe - whilst we will have additional officers in the town centre and regular foot patrols at the Watergate Bay festival site, we will also be deploying armed foot patrols at the festival for the first time, to reassure the public."

Police have some crime prevention advice for those attending:

  • Never leave your drink unattended. Even soft drinks can be spiked with drugs or alcohol.
  • If you are concerned for your safety contact the nearest marshal, security guard or police officer.
  • Don’t leave anything valuable in your tent – there are a number of thefts of laptops and smart phones from tents every year. Check your car daily and leave your glove compartment empty and open.
  • Try and keep your phone, cash and cards on you, even at night. All traders on site accept cards, so there is no need to bring a large quantity of cash to the festival.
  • If you are a victim of crime, contact on site police or festival security immediately.

Find more festival safety advice here.

Motorists attending the festival are asked to keep their speed down. There will be speed detection vans who will be enforcing the A30 in the run up to the event and the temporary 30mph limit in the area particularly on the A3059 near RAF St Mawgan.

Last year police praised organisers of the Boardmasters festival after it passed off mostly trouble free with no significant incident on either of the sites at Fistral beach and Watergate Bay.

Inspector Dave Meredith from Newquay Police said: "The Boardmasters festivals are a great asset to Newquay and provide a welcome boost to its image and economy."

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