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Article date: 11 Apr 2013

Newquay is widely regarded as the surf capital of the country, and Fistral Beach is probably the best-known surfing beach in Britain. It’s also a known haunt of Wetherspoon’s chairman Tim Martin, himself a very keen big-wave surfer.

It seemed only appropriate, therefore, that the design of our new pub pay homage to the town’s surfing heritage and, in particular, to its infamous big wave – The Cribbar.

So, just how do you create a 6,000sq ft surf-inspired Wetherspoon free house?

That task fell to the team at Cornish architectural and interior design agency, Absolute, who set about the task of creating the surf-infused pub.

Conscious that every detail would come under very close scrutiny of the surf community, the team at Absolute rather cunningly enlisted some help in the form of some very able surf gurus.

The help came in the form of the publishers of leading surf magazines Carve and Surf Girl, as well as the acclaimed British historical book ‘The Surfing Tribe’.

The editorial team, themselves all keen surfers, were able to advise on the local surf scene. They were also able to supply plenty of surfing images from the book which have been screen printed into white tiles which front the bar – and a specially chosen range of prints adorns the walls around the pub.

The design team also called in a number of local designers and makers, to help to craft the vision into reality.

The team from Mark – a Cornish manufacturer with a reputation for combining quality design and innovation – truly embraced the surf theme, creating a shaper coffee table, made from surf board resin. Their ‘Net Stool’ is also inspired by the sea and hanging fishing nets and is used in blue and yellow throughout the bar and the outside deck.

The theme works stunningly well and will delight surfers and non-surfers alike – a pub which is welcoming and fun. Enjoy.

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