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Boardmasters Festival 2016

16 Aug

What a weekend! Sunshine, waves, great music and high performance surfing, all you need for a weekend to remember. We’ve come back filled with amazing memories and thought we’d share our highlights from the 2016 Boardmasters in Newquay, Cornwall.

Boardmasters 2016 - Fistral Beach was heaving all weekend

Jobe Harriss

Let’s start with our team riders’ performance. Though Alan Stokes put on a stellar performance in the difficult conditions of the early rounds, he couldn’t quite repeat his success in Round 3 and gracefully bowed out from this year’s event. We look forward to seeing him tackle the almighty Boardmasters again next year.

It was Animal pro surfer Jobe Harriss however who went on a tear, slicing his way through the rounds and finding himself in Round 4 on the last day of competition. A stacked up heat and tricky conditions meant Jobe had to keep busy in order to give himself the right opportunities. This strategy soon paid off; within the first five minutes he had scored a 6.10 and took an early lead. Moments later, he caught the best wave of the heat whilst holding last priority and scored a 7.13, snatching the ultimate win.

Boardmasters 2016 - Jobe Harriss smashes the lip at Fistral Beach, Newquay.

Filled with confidence, he headed into his man-on-man quarter final match up against in-form surfer Tomas Fernandes. A slow-paced heat at first but Jobe soon found himself on a good wave nailing two solid backhand turns, giving him a 7.33 and the early heat lead.

After a solid start we all had high hopes for Jobe, but Tomas slowly crawled his way back to the lead with a 6 point ride. A few seconds before the end and Jobe had one last chance. Unfortunately the wave fizzled out and he couldn’t generate enough speed to get the 4.30 he was after.

Boardmasters 2016 - Jobe Harriss was on a tear in Newquay, Cornwall.

Overall it was a good performance for Bude-boy Jobe, who should come away filled with confidence heading into the next QS event in Lacanau, France this week.

Lucy Campbell

A similar story unveiled on the women’s side. With four riders all getting past Round 1 we were hoping for a good result. Unfortunately both Flora Lawton and Georgia Timson bowed out in Round 2 in some really close battles. Flora lost by just 0.03!

Round 3 saw 15 year old Ellie Turner fall just short of the required score, losing to fellow UK surfer Peony Knight. It was all guns blazing for Lucy Campbell though who surfed her way through to the quarter final, beating top UK surf girl Keshia Eyre on the way.

Boardmasters 2016 - Lucy Campbell readies herself for Final Day of competition

Up against ex-CT surfer Claire Bevilacqua, Lucy had her work cut out, but she headed into the final day of competition focused and with her eyes on the prize. Unfortunately she couldn’t quite find the waves she was after and lost to Bevilacqua, who went on to win the event. Lucy comes away with a 5th, a nice little result and the second best finish for the British surf girls.

Athlete signing sessions

With the whole team on location we decided to partner up with Anns Cottage and held some exclusive athlete signing sessions on Saturday. Though the morning weather got the better of us and forced us indoors, we had a heap of frothing groms rock up and queuing to get their hands on a signed-by-the-team poster and some free stickers – stoke all round!

Boardmasters 2016 - Signing session team shot!

Boardmasters 2016 - Stokesy loved meeting everyone at the signing sessions

We were relieved to see the weather finally play ball as the afternoon turned into what felt like the warmest day of the year, with Lucy and Jobe joining in on the act after competing that morning. The beach side terrace at Anns Cottage was rammed with people who were queuing to meet up with the cream of British surfing.

Thanks to everyone that came to meet the team, was rad to see so many faces – let’s do it again sometime!

Watch launch

We thought there was no better opportunity to launch our brand new watch range than Boardmasters! Exclusive to Anns Cottage, we were stoked to see those time pieces finally revealed to the public. We hope you enjoyed discovering the range, which will be available to buy online and in-store very soon. Sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date!

Boardmasters 2016 - Animal watches launch at Ann's Cottage

Boardmasters 2016 - Animal watches launch at Ann's Cottage

Boardmasters 2016 - Animal watches launch at Ann's Cottage

Philly’s yoga classes

Possibly one of our favourite things at this year’s Boardmasters were the free beach yoga sessions run by the lovely Philly Lewis. Though we had a couple of grey mornings, it didn’t stop anyone from getting up early and getting amongst it.

When the sun was out however, the early alarms were all worth it. Philly and her group of amazing Boardmasters students greeting the beautiful mornings with a sun salutation, good times.

Thanks to everyone who took part, Philly had an absolute blast and so did we.

Boardmasters 2016 - Yoga instructor Philly Lewis wears the Riot vest.

Boardmasters 2016 - Philly Lewis' free yoga class

Boardmasters 2016 - Sunday morning's beach yoga session with Philly Lewis

Skateboarding and BMX

Last but not least were the skate and BMX events over on the headland. We loved meeting up with the team and catching up with the likes of James Threlfall and Waterton brothers, Kieran and Callum. Also on location were Alfie Mills, Stefani Nurding and our young BMX rider Alfie Heming.

Little Alfie Heming took out 3rd in the U16 BMX Young Guns event, while Kieran Waterton took 2nd in the skate Young Guns. Big thanks to the Boardmasters team for making it all happen, the kids were stoked and the crowds even more so!

Boardmasters 2016 - James Threlfall

Boardmasters 2016 - Stefani Nurding

Boardmasters 2016 - Alfie Mills

We look forward to next year for a bigger and better Boardmasters. Let’s hope for an Animal win next time, no pressure team! 

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