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Australian Surf Fest offers 23 national titles over 14 days

Vernon Ah Kee & boards with hand-drawn portraits of his forefathers © Surfing Australia


Australian Surf Festival

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

Australian Surf Festival; One Big Festival, 14 Days of Competition, 5 Separate Events

Surfersvillage Global Surf News
, 20 July, 2011 : - - The country’s top amateur surfers are prepping themselves for the biggest event of the year, with the Australian Surf Festival set to commence at Port Macquarie in August. The prestigious festival, which will run from 13-27 August on the New South Wales Mid North Coast, will see in excess of 400 of the best surfers from around the country competing for 23 prestigious national titles over five spectacular disciplines including longboard, open surfmasters and stand up paddleboard (SUP), along with the addition of alaia and single fin.

Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said he’s happy to see the prestigious festival return to Port Macquarie with an expanded event program. "The Australian Surf Festival provides an opportunity for Port Macquarie to hold the country’s most prestigious amateur surfing event and it’s always a highlight on the annual Australian surfing calendar. The introduction of the Alaia and Single Fin divisions moves Surfing Australia closer to encapsulating a holistic approach to the festival.”

Surfing NSW CEO Mark Windon is equally pleased to be back on the NSW Mid North Coast for the fourth year in a row. “Surfing NSW is delighted to be back in Port Macquarie, which is a jewel in the crown of NSW Tourism,” he said. 

“The past three years has seen this event go from strength to strength and all competitors and officials alike are keen to get back and sample the Mid North Coast hospitality which surrounds the event. An Australian Title in any sport is coveted by all elite athletes, with 23 National Titles across all divisions placing the Australian Surf Festival as one of the premier sporting events in Australia.”

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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Jake White

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