The first batch of Soul Arch is brewed and being canned in Harbour Brewery. We're loving watching the little cans of sunshine come off the line, and of course we can vouch for the fact that it tastes delicious. Exciting times!
We live for days at the beach: long afternoons in the sunshine, hours in the water, sunsets shared with good friends and good tunes - and that first, cold beer after a session, when you’ve really earned it. So we thought we'd share with you 5 of our favourite Cornish post-surf spots to grab a beer as the sun goes down…
1. Fistral Beach, Newquay
Fistral needs little in the way of introduction, it is the centre of surfing in the UK and a playground for many to get their wave fix – a top spot for a post-surf beer with friends.
2. Watergate Bay, Newquay
Watergate Bay beach stretches for two miles providing a panoramic view of the setting sun... so whether you are nestled on the sand or up on the cliffs at Boardmasters you are guaranteed to witness a spectacular sundowner sunset.
3. Porthmeor, St Ives
St Ives may be right at the tip of the South-West, but it's well worth going the extra mile for. Porthmeor is a mecca for surfers in the UK and it’s a great spot to settle in post-surf, readying the BBQ with a beer in hand.
4. Perranporth Beach
With miles of golden sands backed by rolling sand dunes, Perranporth is the perfect spot to find your own secluded part of the beach and get nestled in post-surf.
5. Constantine Bay Beach
With a reputation as one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall, Constantine Bay is a great spot to quench your thirst in and out of the ocean.
At Boardmasters, we live for days at the beach: long afternoons in the sunshine, hours in the water, sunsets shared with good friends and good tunes - and that first, cold beer after a session, when you’ve really earned it. At the end of one such summer’s day, we set our hearts on making a beer that lived up to that epic moment.
Our post-surf session IPA was born – Soul Arch; named after the stylish turn pioneered in the 70’s at the Californian breaks of Malibu and Rincon but made famous by the ‘76 world champ Peter Townend. A classic and effortlessly elegant manoeuvre, that’s almost as smooth as the beer itself.
But what does ‘Soul Arch’ actually mean?
A soul arch is performed by arching the back whilst in trim across the wave face or during a frontside bottom turn. Upright, chest-out, the move demonstrates a nonchalant and casual approach to wave riding. The expression originated in the early 1970s and the move was made famous by 1976 world champion Peter Townend - who later confessed that he stole it from an iconic 1961 black and white photograph of California surfer Kemp Aaberg back-arching at Rincon.