Get on board with the Australian Surf Festival 2013

19 June 2013

Port Macquarie Coastline

Port Macquarie is gearing up to host the 2013 Australian Surf Festival this August, with the event expected to bring in some of the world’s best surfers.

The area is famous for its surfing spots, so it’s sure to bring in some spectacular barrels, wipe-outs and hang-tens for crowds to gasp over, take photos, and feel the crush of the wave with every surfer.

Only a year away from turning 50, the Australian Surf Titles have carved out a place in Australian sporting history as the longest running surf event in the country. It combines the Australian Longboard Titles, the Australian Surfmasters and the Australian Stand Up Paddle Titles, offering spectators an array of opportunities to see some of the action.

Getting to the event takes just a half-day road trip from Sydney or the Gold Coast, so there are no excuses for missing the action, which takes place across two weeks from Saturday August 10 until Friday August 23.

If last year is anything to go by, there will be plenty of action out on the water for the full fortnight.

New South Wales surfers took out both the men’s and women’s titles, with the Central Coast’s Russell Molony and Merewether’s Philippa Anderson being crowned as the champions on the final day.

Off the water, there are plenty of other Port Macquarie events, with live music and surf education courses if you feel inspired to get out onto a board yourself.

Not to mention all the usual great things going on in the city, the variety of accommodation options and tours, the lively restaurant, bar and cafe scene, array of shopping opportunities and slew of museums and historical sites to visit.

So get planning, and get on board!