2016 Australian Surf Festival
Surfing Australia Open Longboard
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales Australia
29 July - 15 August 2016
Jye Whyatt and Nicholas Brewer put on great display of classic surfing
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 August, 2016 - Coffs Harbour - The 2016 NRMA Holiday Parks Australian Longboard Titles ventured north to Arrawarra Headland today where competition recommenced in long three-foot waves.
Jye Whyatt (Torquay, Vic) put on an impeccable display of traditional surfing to take out the Junior Loggers final. The young Victorian took full advantage of the high tide peaks to display his buttery style, performing an eclectic mix of manoeuvres to notch up a two-wave heat total of 15.20 points (out of a possible 20 points).
Queenslander Nicholas Brewer (Castaways Beach, Qld) remained within striking distance of the Australian Title, with a respectable 11.90 heat total, but was unable to muster up the score required to take the top spot. Whyatt was also awarded the NRMA Holiday Parks Noseride of the Day for his performance.
Former World Longboard Champion Josh Constable (Peregian, Qld) continued to build on yesterday’s Open Men's runner-up performance, posting a massive 18.60 heat total to claim a first round victory in the Over-35 Mens division. As a result, Constable will bypass the requalification rounds and make his next appearance in the second round.
Other Over-35 Mens round one winners included: Rob Smith (Caringbah, NSW) and Craig Davies (Peregian, Qld) who will move straight past the requalification rounds.
Jason Livingston (Curl Curl, NSW) showed why he was a multiple Australian Title holder posting a decent 15.25 heat total in the first round of the Over-45 Mens. Livingston performed an array of exciting turns to post the aforementioned score and cement his spot into the second round.
Competition will commence each day at 7:30am with the call for the days schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am. The event hotline number is 0458 247 212 which will leave a voice recorded message each morning of the event.
Australian Surf Festival – Coffs Harbour, NSW - July 29 - 15 August, 2016
- Opening Ceremony – July 29
- Australian Surfmasters Titles – July 30 - August 3
- NRMA Holiday Parks Australian Longboard Titles – August 3 - 11
- Australian Logger Titles – August 8 - 11
- Australian Bodyboard Titles – August 11 – 15
The 2016 Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event is also proudly supported by Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Coast Tourism, NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Park, The Hoey Moey, Nikon, Toyota, Pacific Longboarder, NBN, Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW.
The Hoey Moey serves as the social hub for the 2016 Australian Surf Festival and hosts a large range of presentations and opening ceremonies.
1 – Jye Whyatt (Torquay, Vic)
2 – Nicholas Brewer (Castaways Beach, Qld)
3 – Frank Murphy (Yamba, NSW)
4 – Billy Whitton (Victoria)