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Australian Surf Festival gets NSW Gov't backing

 Matt Banting, Leslie Williams, Andrew Stoner, Danny Shoulten & Peter Hunt © Port Macquarie News


Australian Surf Festival

Surfing Australia
Port Macquarie, New South Wales
13 - 27 August 2011

NSW Government Backs Australian Surf Festival for a Further Three Years

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 July, 2011 : - - Port Macquarie will be the epicentre of the country’s amateur surfing scene for the next three years, with NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Oxley Andrew Stoner announcing the NSW Government’s continued support of the Australian Surf Festival. The prestigious two-week surfing festival will take place from 13-27 August and will attract over 370 competitors from across Australia vying to become Australian Champions in a range of divisions and disciplines.

“We value the NSW Government’s partnership to assist bringing the Australian Surf Festival to NSW for another three years,” said Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark. “This pinnacle event in Australian surfing provides real return to NSW’s Mid North Coast region and has built momentum since its launch in the religion in 2008.”

Surfing NSW CEO Mark Windon is pleased with the extended partnership with the NSW Government. “We are delighted with the NSW Government’s continued support of the Australian Surf Festival for the next 3 years in Port Macquarie,” he said.

“Having supported the Australian Surf Festival from its inaugural year in 2008, Events NSW, part of Destination NSW has been instrumental in the growth and development of the event into an iconic fixture on the Australian surfing calendar and a true celebration of surfing culture.”

“We look forward to working closer with Events NSW to develop the event to drive increased economic activity within the Mid North Coast region as well as further cement the area as a ‘must-surf’ destination on the NSW coastline.”

Deputy Premier Stoner said this is an important event for the NSW Mid North Coast and the NSW Events Calendar. “We are pleased to have kept the Australian Surf Festival in beautiful Port Macquarie,” Mr Stoner said. “As a keen surfer myself, I can attest that Port Macquarie is the perfect location for the Festival and offers some of the best beaches and surfing in Australia.”

Twenty five prestigious Australian Titles will be decided across five surfing disciplines with the Australian Longboard Titles, Australian Surfmasters Titles and Australian Stand Up Paddleboard Titles joining the all new Australian Single Fin Titles and Australian Alaia Titles during the two week festival.

Mr Stoner said Events NSW has invested in the Australian Surf Festival since the event moved to Port Macquarie in 2008 and now we are securing the future of the event for another three years. 

“Events NSW’s investment will ensure the continued growth of the festival, with an expanding program of entertainment and activities including a surfing themed art exhibition, exclusive surf film screenings, surfing education courses, indigenous surfing program and live music performances over the two weeks of the festival,” Mr Stoner said.

“I’m also pleased to announce Events NSW has invested in the National Junior Surfing Titles in Coffs Harbour in November 2011.  The event is expected to attract over 200 of Australia’s best young surfers to the Coffs Coast.

“I strongly encourage visitors to come and experience these world class surfing events on the NSW Mid North Coast,” Mr Stoner said. But the approaching festival isn’t just about the surfing; it will tickle the taste buds of entertainment buffs with live music, surf art, surfing education courses and the Essential Energy Indigenous Surfing Program confirmed for the two-week event.

One of Australia’s leading indigenous artists, Vernon Ah Kee will take centre stage at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery with his Cant Chant Exhibition, which will be open during the festival waiting period. Ah Kee is known for his incisive critiques of White Australian culture. In the Cant Chant exhibition he takes on the iconic subject of the beach and casts a critical eye on its special role in forming Australian identity.

Cant Chant pushes aside the common sense of the beach as a destination for leisure, relaxation, and fun, and presents it as a cultural battleground. Cant Chant includes surfboards painted with North Queensland rainforest shield designs as well as a video installation featuring dead boards (waterlogged surfboards) blasted by guns, and Aboriginal surfers.

As an added benefit to this year’s festival, an exciting live music program, including six shows, will be staged at the Blue Water Bar and Restaurant.

The 2011 Australian Surf Festival is proudly presented by Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW and proudly supported by Events NSW, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park, Blue Water Bar and Restaurant, Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Suncorp, VB, Australian Sports Commission, Coastalwatch, NBN Television, Port Macquarie News, Star FM, 2MC FM, Surfing World Magazine and Pacific Longboarder Magazine.

The Australian Surf Festival Program:
Australian Longboard Titles – 14-20 August, 2011
Australian Stand Up Paddleboard Titles – 21-24 August, 2011
Australian Surfmasters Titles – 21-27 August, 2011
Australian Alaia Titles - 24-27 August, 2011
Australian Single Fin Titles – 26-27 August, 2011

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