WSL and organizers of the Boardmasters festival are excited to announce the return of professional longboarders to the iconic Fistral beach this summer. The Boardmasters Longboard Pro, a Men and Women's LT1,000 event, will gather Europe's talents from August 8-9, 2015.
"For the WSL it is a great pleasure to be returning to Boardmasters with two longboard events that will showcase both local and international riders as they battle it out at Fistral beach," said Rob Gunning, Tour Manager. "The Boardmasters Longboard Pro Newquay will kick off a three-event leg of Longboard Tour events this season and will count towards the final year's rankings for qualification into the elite World Longboard Championship. The British contingent, lead by local rider Ben Skinner, will have the opportunity to compete on home soil, which is a huge advantage and a great support from the event organizers."
A classic surf and music festival in the U.K, the Boardmasters feature a total seven surfing divisions across all ages and an impressive lineup of international artists to rock the music side of the festival.
"We're thrilled to confirm all 7 categories of surf competitions, welcoming the return of the two international World Surf League events (previously ASP) and to be able to increase prize money again this year," Andrew Topham, Boardmasters Festival director said. "In the WSL Men's Longboard Open, we're looking forward to seeing the world's best battle it out and Ben Skinner returning to defend his title. Last year's competitions were so well received, attracting the biggest waterside crowds we've ever seen and we want to build on that triumph."
Fans and festivalgoers in their tens of thousands are expected to descend upon the heart of UK surfing, Fistral Beach and watch their local heroes as well as global stars battle it out. A first in Boardmasters Longboarding history, the Women's event will add a little bit of poise in the water making the Longboarding events even more exciting to watch.
Returning once again to oversee all the surf competitions is Contest Director, Dave Reed, "This years Boardmasters is again growing in strength. We have a fantastic opportunity for International and British surfers to compete for big prize money and good media exposure in the biggest surf festival in the UK. The highlight will undoubtedly be bringing back two International WSL (formally ASP) events; the Men's and Women's Longboard divisions. This will give the opportunity for the best British Longboarders to compete on the International stage in the UK."