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Australian Surf Festival changes venues

Mike Baird, Mark Windon, Mark Richards & Andrew Stark



Australian Surf Festival

Surfing Australia
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales
To Be Determined 2014

Annual event moves from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 November, 2013 - The Australian Surf Festival, the largest gathering of surfers in the country, will be heading to Coffs Harbour for the next three years.

Almost 400 surfers from throughout Australia have converged on Port Macquarie for the event since 2008. But from next year, the two-week surfing festival will be hosted by Coffs Harbour. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser has welcomed the news.

“This is great news for the Coffs Harbour community – the Australian Surf Festival is a perfect fit for the Coffs Coast, which has over half a century of surfing tradition and three strong board rider clubs based here,” Mr Fraser said.

“Coffs beaches have also produced their fair share of elite surfers, among them former ASP World Tour competitors, Lee Winkler and Shaun Cansdell, as well as Emerald Beach long-boarding star, Harley Ingelby. “We greatly look forward to welcoming competitors and visitors to the Australian Surf Festival, which is the pinnacle event for surfers competing on a national level."

The Australian Surf Festival comprises four amateur events, including: Australian Longboard Titles; Australian Logger Titles; Australian Surfmasters Titles and Australian Single Fin Titles. Surfing Australia Chief Executive Officer Andrew Stark said Coffs Harbour will provide an ideal venue for the event.

“The Australian Surf Festival is a highlight of our surfing calendar and always provides an amazing level of surfing... Coffs Harbour and the surrounding region boast an incredible variety of waves that work in many different conditions and will provide plenty of quality options for the competitors.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris said: “The NSW Government is proud to support the Australian Surf Festival, which this year delivered an estimated net economic impact of more than half a million dollars to the local economy. “I congratulate the festival organisers on the event’s outstanding track record and look forward to its continuing success in its new location.”

Minister for Sport, Gabrielle Upton said the festival represented an important milestone on the national surfing calendar. “The Australian Surf Festival is fast becoming an iconic Australian sporting event,” Ms Upton said. “The festival offers not only the chance to see some spectacular surfing, but also an exciting range of associated activities involving music and art and surf culture.”

Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said: “Visitors to the Australian Surf Festival are also encouraged to explore the many beautiful beaches, which mark the coastal perimeter of Coffs Harbour. Gateway to the Solitary Islands Marine Park, Coffs Harbour offers many aquatic pursuits as well as first-class accommodation, bars, restaurants and a range of great activities for holidaymakers from here and overseas.”

Tim Brimblecombe

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