Loggers given their due at Australian Surf Fest

 George Watts, Leslie Williams, Peter Besseling  &  Darren O’Rafferty © Surfing Australia

Australian Surf Festival

Port MacQuarie, New South Wales
10 - 23 August 2013

Traditional approach to longboard surfing growing in popularity

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 June, 2013 : - - Port Macquarie will play host to the largest gathering of surfers in the country for the 2013 Australian Surf Festival from August 10-23. Almost 400 surfers from throughout Australia will compete in the two week event. It will feature national titles in Longboard, Open Surf Masters and Single Fin divisions.

This year will see the introduction of the Logger division in the Longboard event to cater for the huge following for the traditional approach to longboard surfing. Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams said the Australian Surf Festival has become a feature event on the NSW Events Calendar.

“I am proud that the NSW Government has ensured that the Festival returns to Port Macquarie in August,” she said.  “Port Macquarie is the perfect location for the Festival, offering some of the best beaches and surfing in Australia. “ The Festival provides an exciting addition to the line-up of events in the region and is an excellent way to promote the Mid North Coast as a major events and tourism destination.

“Tourism to regional NSW is vital to rebuilding the NSW economy. Visitor expenditure in regional NSW was worth more than $12.8 billion in 2012. The Liberals and Nationals Government will continue to support this vital industry by investing almost $20 million in regional tourism and events such as the Australian Surf Festival as part of the 2013-2014 State Budget.”

Port Macquarie Mayor Peter Besseling said Port Macquarie-Hastings Council was proud to be a major sponsor of one of Australia’s longest running surf festivals, which has been held annually since 1964.

“The Australian Surf Festival is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our great waves and beautiful region to competitors and visitors associated with the event,” he said. “Retaining rights to an event of such tradition is a further testament to our region’s ability to successfully host large scale national sporting events.

“We look forward to welcoming almost 400 competitors from across Australia who will descend on Port Macquarie for the two-week event in August, providing an economic boost to our accommodation operators and broader tourism industry during the final weeks of the winter period.” 

Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said the Australian Surf Festival would be a fabulous showcase of the country’s top amateur surfing talent.

“The event has a proud history and tradition and is a major highlight on our surfing calendar,” he said. “Port Macquarie and the surrounding region are blessed with a variety of waves and is the perfect location to host the two weeks of competition, which will provide an incredible level of surfing.”

Surfing NSW CEO Mark Windon said the organisation was excited to be returning to Port Macquarie for the Australian Surf Festival. “Over the course of the last five years we've seen some incredible waves for both the shortboarders and the longboarders, all who've had the privilege of sampling an extensive portion of the waves in the region,” he said.

“We'd like to thank the local community, Destination NSW and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council for their support over the years which has assured the future growth of the festival. In 2013 we're looking at having almost 400 competitors participate in the event over the two-week period. The addition of the Loggers division has also added a fresh new element to the event.”

The main base for the event 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 for the festival which will feature a recorded message updated at 7:00am each morning with the confirmed daily schedule and contest venue.

10-18 August – Australian Longboard Titles
16-18 August – Australian Logger Titles
16-18 August – Australian Longboard Titles – Under 18 Boys and Girls
19-23 August – Australian Surfmasters Titles
21-23 August – Australian Single Fin Titles 


Source: Surfing Australia

Author: Tim Brimblecombe

Tags: Logger, Longboard, Australian Surf Festival

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