Due to adverse weather conditions, the 2019 Boardmasters festival has unfortunately been cancelled. But the surfing competitions at Fistral beach are still on. Officials confirmed the news about 20 minutes ago and have issued a statement.
It reads: “Due to forecasted severe weather conditions, specifically high winds, Boardmasters 2019 has been cancelled.
“Following full consultation with all of the relevant authorities including independent safety advisors, Devon and Cornwall Police, emergency services and the Met Office, a final decision was made this evening.
“The safety of you, the fans and attendees, as well as performers and crew comes first, and the potential risk is too severe for the event to go ahead at this time. Refund advice will be shared as soon as possible - please follow Boardmasters’ social media for official updates. We sincerely regret the disappointment to fans, and apologise for any disruption caused to local businesses, performers and crew who were looking forward to Boardmasters as much as we were.”
Boardmasters is the UK's largest surf and music festival, each year attracting around £45 million into the local community. As the statement says, refunds will be available soon. We'll keep you posted.
NOTE: It's understood that the surf competitions are still going ahead but we'll update this article if that information changes.