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Australian Surf Festival kicks off in wild & windy surf

Damian Coulter © Renee Miller / Surfing Australia

2012 Australian Surf Festival

Port MacQuarie, New South Wales
11 - 25 August 2012

Winter Welcome for the Australian Surf Festival 2012

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 August, 2012 : - - Opening day of the Australian Surf Festival was wild and windy. A solid swell from the south hit Port Macquarie on the east coast as the countries best Longboarders took on the waves at Diamond Head. Over 500 competitors will culminate on the beautiful beaches of Port Macquarie. Each states best team traveled from around the country and was welcomed by local Indigenous elder Bill O’Brian in a mixing of the waters ceremony.

“It is the local welcome to the rest of the country, bringing the spirits of the land to the place and to make sure that everything is peaceful, with calm good surf every day”, said uncle Bill as he blessed the land with water brought from all the states. Blessed with style and flow was Queensland surfer Damian Coulter. Looking to make a hat trick on his Australian title belt in not one but two divisions, the sunshine coaster won both his round 1 heats in the over 35 and over 40 mens divisions.

“I knew I was leading but wanted something more, I was just being patient waiting for some better waves to better the scores I had out there”, said Coulter who surfed in some of the biggest sets of the day. “It was really hard with that wind out there, but when the sets came through it was really good. We have a really good team this year and the Queenslanders are really passionate, so yes we are looking for a few wins again this year”, said Coulter.

Bringing dominance for the Victorians in the over 35’s was Kane Tankard (Dromana). The natural footer reveled in the right-hander at Diamond head and his heat win took him straight to round 2 with local surfer Rennie Kocis (Port Macquarie, NSW).

The Open Womens closed up the afternoon on the high tide. Sam Sunderman (Jan Juc, VIC), impressed judges with a solid score, along with defending event champion Erin Dark (Gerringong, NSW). Both ladies move straight to round 2 taking Tessa Davidson (Tallebudgera Valley, QLD) and Kirra Perry (Scotts Head, NSW) with them.

Tomorrow will continue round one of the Australian Longboard Titles, the elder statesmen of the competition will open up their campaign. Please call the event hotline 0458 247 212 for venue as a variety of beaches in the Port Macquarie region are on offer for the competition.

The main base for the event will be Town Beach which is located in the heart of Port Macquarie, however the event is mobile with numerous beach break options available between Port Macquarie and North Haven (20 minutes drive south of Port Macquarie CBD) including Flynns Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Rainbow Beach at Bonny Hills and Grants Beach at North Haven.

A hotline will be operating which will feature a recorded message updated at 7:00am each morning with the confirmed daily schedule and contest venue.
The Australian Surf Festival event website is now LIVE and during the event will feature live scores, heat by heat results, photo gallery and event news.

This year’s event will also feature a busy schedule off the water with live music and surf education courses. Town Green Inn will become the headquarters for all the land-based action providing competitors and spectators an opportunity to relax when competition is over for the day. A series of coaching courses will be available for surfing, SUP and judging.

The Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by Essential Energy, NSW Government, Destination NSW, Port Macquarie Tourism, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Harley-Davidson Australia, Town Green Inn, Nikon, Suncorp, VB, Australian Sports Commission, Coastalwatch, NBN, Port Macquarie News, 2MC, Star FM, Surfing World Magazine, Pacific Longboarder Magazine.
  
www.australiansurffestival.com

Source: Surfing Australia

Author: Tim Brimblecombe

Tags: Australian Surf Festival, Surfing Australia, Port MacQuarie,

Events: Surfersvillage

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