Newquay's Boardmasters event will kick off tomorrow, well, the surfing competition anyway. There's the Men's open, Women's open, Men's longboard pro and women's longboard pro all taking place from Weds August 7 until Sunday August 11. As for the forecast? Think huge, lumpy, unseasonal surf and you're just about there. We've got the offical break down right here.
“On Wednesday expect quite poor quality surf with wave heights around three or four feet and fresh to strong onshore winds from the west,” says MSW forecaster Tony Butt. “Things remain practically the same all day, perhaps decreasing slightly towards the evening.
“Thursday sees a steady drop in wave heights, perhaps hitting three feet first thing in the morning but then going almost flat by evening. Winds are fresh to strong offshore from the southeast, turning south later.
“On Friday the swell from that new low starts to arrive, first from the southwest then swinging west during the day. Wave heights are small at first but quickly fill in as the swell direction changes. Expect eight feet or more by mid-afternoon, with ragged conditions in strong to gale-force onshores from the west-southwest.
“The latest forecast for Saturday shows the swell gradually losing its punch but still well over six feet for most of the day. Conditions are still very bumpy with strong onshores from the west.
“The swell is expected to drop during Sunday but doesn’t really clean up, with winds veering to moderate onshores from the northwest.
“Forecast reliabilities are good for Wednesday and Thursday but then things become quite uncertain for the rest of the contest period. The exact trajectory of that system is difficult to predict but, at the same time, could make a big difference to the local conditions.”
The surf is likely to change over the next few days, given the nature of the system, so we'll keep you updated. Full roster of surfers have yet to be announced but if you've been in the water around Newquay recently, you'll have noticed a whole range of Euro surf stars getting Fistral honed in.
Now the official part is done, here's the unofficial run down of what's in store.
Wednesday: Harry Timson's new movie Stone Cold Not Sober is showing at the Dead Famous in Newquay from 8pm. Not to be missed.
Headliners: Wu Tang Clan are up on the Friday with Florence and the Machine taking over the main stage on Saturday and Foals capping off the trip on Sunday. Other notable acts include: The Wombats (Friday), Dizze Rascal (Saturday), Rudimental (Saturday), Plan B (Sunday), Wilkinson B2B Sub Focus (Sunday) but for the full list, see HERE.
Surf Village: The car park on Fistral's northern side will be turned into the surf village with stalls, food and everything else you need – as per usual. Dip here for a few jars in between heats or to seek shelter from the inevitable down pour.
Cover shot by Alex Heane