HIF Yamba Surfing Festival
Yamba Bay, New South Wales, Australia
28 May - 1 June, 2016
Open Shortboard winner will get a wildcard for Newcastle WSL QS
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 May, 2016 - Longboard and shortboard surfers from all over NSW will venture to Yamba from this Saturday as part of the inaugural HIF Yamba Surfing Festival.
Over 150 surfers will compete in the four-day event, which will decide the male and female NSW Open Surfmasters Team and NSW Open Longboard Team for the 2016 Australian Surf Festival in Coffs Harbour in August.
In addition to making the NSW Team, winners of the Open Shortboard divisions at the event will score themselves wildcards into the 2017 Surfest World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) event in Newcastle, with the women scoring a spot in the round of 48 in the Surfest Women's Pro, while the men will score a spot into the round of 96 in the Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro.
Shortboarders are expected to compete on Saturday and Sunday, while the longboarders will compete on Monday and Tuesday. Already entered into the event is a range of former and current professional surfers including former world number three Danny Wills (Byron Bay, NSW).
Wills will be joined by some stiff competition in the form of local shortboard competitors Jeames Young, Chris Zaffis, Dakoda Walters and Navrin Fox; to name just a few.
Former World Longboard Champion Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach) will return to Yamba to compete for an Open Longboard Title from Monday when discipline gets under way. The two-time World Champion will also be joined by a handful of local surfers including: Frank Murphy, Joel Skinner, Clancy O’Neill, as well as Lily Ellis who will be competing in the Open Women’s division.
Surfing NSW intends to mix up locations for the events depending on conditions and will seek the most appropriate waves for each discipline.
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 is 0458 247 212.