The French haven't enjoyed such success on British soil since Harold took one to the eye socket in Sussex in 1066.
With Andy Criere (a formerly French, Spanish convert) taking out the open, Juliette Lacome the Open Women and Dudu Delperro the Men's Longboard at the 2018 Boardmasters, the North Fistral podium wasn't quite the Putin under a Moscow umbrella scenes of Allez Les Bleus a few weeks' previous, but a great day for the 5th Republic nevertheless.
Boardmasters 2018 staged another epic week of festivities of course, proving the embarrassment of riches Cornwall has in terms of festivals. What with Port Eliot (books, medium brow culture) and Boardmasters (surf, music, party, everything else), it's a potent two fest combo that might be better than anything else out there (except Womad, obvs).
This year the Chemical Brothers headlined, along with Catfish and The Bottlemen and George Ezra, with dozens of other epic acts on the various stages and venues. With activations from Surfers Against Sewage, right on food trucks and more Shanti Shanti Shanti-li's than all the collected historic recitals of TS Eliot's The Waste Land ever, there was your planet, your gut and your wellnessTM taken care of.
"Boardmasters 2018 staged another epic week of festivities"
We sent special SE envoys Gile-o Dean and Mike Brindawg armed with little more than a 2 man pop up tent, open minds and stratospheric vibes, high performance and fun shapes in epoxy and PU and they came back jazzed, dishevelled and stoked.
Not so much like caveman seeing fire for the first time, more like caveman breathing fire for the first time before a neolithic natural amphitheatre capacity crowd at the inaugural Post Ice Age Mammoth Skin Bongo Eisteddfod.
Yeah, that good.