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Tweed Shire funds Australian Longboard Surfing Open

Geoff Chelsea with local kids © Murray Lees





Australian Longboard Surfing Open

Tweed Coast, Australia
25 - 29 March 2015

Council's continued support ensures event's growth internationally

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 March, 2015 - Tweed Coast, Australia - Tweed Council’s continued funding ensures the ongoing success of the Australian Longboard Surfing Open (ALSO), which begins in two weeks time in the surfing village, Kingscliff, on the Tweed coast.

 Sean McKeown, Event Director, says: “The funding allows the event to continue from year to year and enables us to expand into bigger markets.  We are now strengthening our presence in the Asia Pacific region and without Council’s support, we would not have had the funds to grow internationally.”

The Longboard Surfing Festival of the Asia Pacific, is a five-day surfing and lifestyle event and attracts the current World Champions, Harley Ingleby and Chelsea Williams, as well as Chinese National Champion Zhuang Tie and European Longboard Champion Edouard Delpero.

The ALSO is the richest longboard surfing event in the Asia Pacific and has great prize money up for grabs, as well as airfares to Singapore from airline partner Scoot and surfboards from a range of suppliers - Clearwater Surfboards, Firewire, Surftech, Monoboards and Australian Waterman - for winners across professional, specialty, amateur and SUP divisions.

Geoff Provest MP, NSW Member for Tweed recently donned his boardies and met with World Champion Chelsea Williams.    “Williams is a great success story to demonstrate the benefits of funding.  Surfing since 13 years of age, she has achieved success not only as a World Champion, but is known as the strongest female longboarder in the world,” McKeown said.

“Council’s continued support provides great opportunities for young surfers to hone their skill and compete on their local surf.  They also get to see the best in the field performing up close and are provided with positive and encouraging role models on the tour.” 

Tammy Papalia

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