2012 Australian Surf Festival
Port MacQuarie, New South Wales
11 - 25 August 2012
Jackson Close adds SUP tilt to longboard defence at Australia Fest
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 July, 2012 : - - Coolangatta -- Defending Australian longboard champion Jackson Close (Snapper Rocks/QLD) has ensured a busy schedule at the upcoming Australian Surf Festival supported by Essential Energy in Port Macquarie by adding SUP surfing to his list of commitments.
Close won the Queensland SUP surfing titles at the weekend and will be carrying Queensland hopes in two divisions when Australias top amateur surfers converge on Port Macquarie from August 11-25.
More than 500 surfers from throughout Australia will compete in the event across five disciplines and 34 titles. The event will feature national titles in Longboard, Open Surf Masters, Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP), Alaia and Single Fin. This year will also see the introduction of a new SUP racing division involving a Technical Race between 4-8km and a 20km marathon.
The longboard events will open the event and run through to August 18, with the SUP events to start the following day. Close has consistently been one of the countrys best longboarders and SUP surfers. He doesnt have a preference, but is happy at least with the scheduling.
Im not sure why but its always easier to go from longboarding into the SUPs at an event and not the other way around, Close said. I change a fair bit as to which one Im enjoying the most but Im just happy to take out whatever watercraft is available.
Im really looking forward to this years titles and Im sure Queensland can put on a good show not just in the longboarding, but also in the SUPs as the titles just held were probably one of the hardest SUP events Ive ever competed in.
The main base for the Australian Surf Festival 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 will be webcast LIVE via the event website which will feature live scores, heat by heat results, photo gallery and event news at australiansurffestival.com.
This years 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.
To further kick-start the event, leading motorcycle company Harley-Davidson has signed on as a support sponsor. The company will have a presence on-beach, while offering competitors and spectators a chance to win prizes through their online Garage Party and Boot Camp competitions. Competitors might even have the chance to take a test ride.
Source: Surfing Australia
Author: Tim Brimblecombe
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