Boardmasters Foundation

Boardmasters Foundation

Established in 2017, the Boardmasters Foundation was born out of our desire to give back and support the culture and surrounding communities that are at the heart of our festival. The Boardmasters Foundation will build on and grow the annual fundraising and charitable donations that the festival has already made year-on-year.


Each year Boardmasters will raise funds for the foundation, we will then review which projects and charities we will be supporting with one-off donations that year, whilst continuing to work with our long-term partners such as Surfers Against Sewage.


The Foundation aims to support individuals, groups, charities and organisations that fall under one of our three key pillars of focus - Culture, Force for Good and Community.

Recipient or organisation is heavily involved with and promotes surfing, sports, music, arts or Cornish Culture.

Recipient or organisation is involved with improving, raising awareness and supporting societal issues such as (but not limited to) homelessness, mental health and negative environmental impacts.

Recipient or organisation is local to Cornwall (preferably Newquay) and enhances, educates or supports the lives of locals in the area.


Boardmasters has been raising money for good causes and projects since 2002. Over the years we have supported a variety of local charities, organisations and projects from Surfers Against Sewage and the UK Pro Surf, to the Porth Residents Committee, the Porth Town Band and St Mawgan Minis Football Club.


In 2018 we raised £53,696 for local causes. 

36 charities, organisations and community groups including 9 schools received funding. Here are just some of the projects and charities that were supported:


PLUS: Friends of Porth Beach Annual Grade, Newquay Lions Club, Newquay Trenance Bowling Club, Newquay Scout Club, St Eval Community Archive, Tregurrian Garden Project, RAF St Mawgan supporting Cornwall Blood Bikes, St Columb Minor ACE Academy, Trevisker Community Primary School, St Columb Major Football Club, Watergate Bay SLSC, Newquay Cricket Club, Newquay Surflife Association, Newquay Happy Hearts & CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids).


We are delighted to announced that 23 local Cornish charities, organisations and community groups, including long-term partners Surfers Against Sewage and UK Pro Surf Tour, are set to benefit from a share of £25,000 raised by the Boardmasters Foundation in 2019. This year, funds were raised from generous donations by local residents, festival partners and an additional donation from festival organisers Vision Nine.


If you would like to get involved in helping raise money, or have a project or charity that you would like support for then we’d love to hear from you. 

2020 Boardmasters Foundation applications will open on 27 March 2020.  ​

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