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The 3W: Boardmasters

The iconic surfing & music festival Boardmasters returns from August 5-9, 2020 in Cornwall. Find out all you need to know about this event below!


The tradition continues! For a fifth consecutive year the festival comes back with Qualifying Series and Longboard divisions, men and women this summer. Boardmasters always launches the European summer season on the WSL tours and offers a great chance for surfers to build momentum at the start of this long leg of events.

Past winners here include the who's who of European professional surfing as well as international athletes coming to enjoy a piece of the British summer vibes. It's both an opportunity for local athletes to challenge some of the best competitors on the QS as well as for the British fans to feast on high-performance surfing on their local beach breaks.

Boardmasters Finals, Circa 2019
Check out some of the highlights from Finals Day last year!

Of course the surfing is what we're headed to Cornwall for, but tens of thousands of visitors also make their way down these parts for the music festival. Huge headliners and a massive lineup thanks to multiple stages over at Watergate makes this an incredible three day experience on the cliffs overlooking the ocean.

Local tip: make sure you hit the Keg & Pasty if you're hungry for a delicious baked pie, the iconic Cornish Pasty, as well as ska and reggae tunes.


Fistral, simply said, the original home of British surfing. Situated in the far Soutwest corner of the island, the region of Cornwall boasts miles and miles of coastline, battered by swells and winds in the winter, but home to beautiful little breaks in the summer.

Newquay Fistral contest site.Boardmasters Roxy 17 The iconic Fistral beach and Headland hotel. WSL / Laurent Masurel

Fistral is a long stretch of sand with peaks all up and down the beach, often busy as the town nearby gets super crowded in summer. The event runs at North Fistral, just down below the iconic Headland hotel, which leaves plenty of room for surf schools and free surfers to enjoy the rest of the beach.


Tune in from August 5-9, 2020 and check out all the photos, videos and updates from Boardmasters right here!

In the meantime check out a selection of images from the 2019 editions of the surfing events at Boardmasters:

Aping Agudo (PHL)
WSL / Laurent Masurel
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Aping Agudo (PHL)
WSL / Laurent Masurel
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