The Meaning Behind Soul Arch...

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.