Surfs up at Boardmasters festival

A general view of surfers on Fistral beach, Newquay, on the first day of the week long Rip Curl Boardmasters competition in 2008. Credit: PA

The Boardmasters festival in Newquay has started today (10 August). More than a hundred thousand people are expected at the event over the next few days which brings top suffers and mainstream pop stars to Cornwall.>The big topic among the surfers is the news that surfing will be included in the next Olympic Games. The festival's surf director told ITV West Country it will herald a new era for the sport.

It will create more investment in the sport. People will see that are going to have to support these guys to go and compete and represent our country to get more exposure and then more financial support. I think it's major step forward for competitive surfing.

Dave reed, festival surf director

Some of these surfers at the festival could be competing on a much bigger stage in four years. Surfing will feature for the first time in the Olympics at the Tokyo games in 2020.>One of those hoping to take part is British surfer Russell Winter.

Russell has been surfing since he was 9 years old and is one of the few British surfers to compete on the world tour. He used a favourite word among surfers to welcome the news.

Stoked that [surfing] has been accepted. It means a hell of a lot really. It heightens the sport and there'll be sort of extra funding. It'll put it on the world map.

russell winter, former world tour surfer
New Zealand's Rowan Aish performs in heat five of the Rip Curl Boardmasters 2008 on Fistral Beach. Credit: PA

News of surfing's elevation to Olympic status has added impetus to Boardmasters.

I think it's good for the Olympic Games. I think the reason why they are bringing it in is to make it draw a greater youth audience, and it's going to get young people more engaged with what's happening in sport around the world as well.

Dave reed
Credit: PA

The line-up entertaining Watergate Bay this summer include:

  • James Bay

  • Chase & Status

  • Kaiser Chiefs

  • Craig David

  • Example

  • Sigma

  • Wolf Alice

  • Gabrielle Aplin

  • Jamie Lawson

Here's what festival-goers can look forward to: