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Thousands attended what organisers are calling the “one of the best Surfest events – ever”
They told us it was going to rain, and not just rain, but storm all weekend. In fact it was a 95% certainty on Sunday, but did that stop the crowds from heading to Surfest? Hell no!
NSW junior Zahli Kelly claims victory over Hawaiian rival at nib Pro Junior
We want to call it a local victory and in many ways it was.Read more...
North Narrabeen come up trumps again at Orica Team Challenge
It could have finally been a local victory, but in the end North Narabeen defended their Orica title defeating Merewether Boardriders to take first place at Stockton Beach last weekend.Read more...
Locals rise to the challenge at Lake Mac Festival of Surfing
Local Redhead surfer Justin Lee takes out the Overs 30s Shortboard comp.Read more...
Did we snap you at Surfest?
Did we take your photo during Surfest? Maybe you grabbed a hat or a temporary tattoo... Check out the gallery.Read more...
The local line-up for Surfest 2017 has been announced!
Here’s your who’s-who of local surfing talent, all vying for a piece of Surfest history right here on their local break.Read more...
Newcastle Live & Surfest 2017!
As the Official Online Media Partner of Surfest, Newcastle Live will be in the loopRead more...
The Central Coast native has had a stellar 2016 with wins at the 2016 Quicksilver Gold Coast Pro, 2016 Ripcurl Bells Beach Pro and inevitably the 2016 WSL Championship Tour.
The Men’s No.1 Seed came up against young Italian sensation Leonardo Fioravanti in the Final and while both surfers had been standouts during the whole event, it was Wilkinson who had been building serious momentum through the finals posting huge score in the Quarters and Semis.
The Final was no different with Wilkinson demolishing the right hand walls with massive vertical backhand re-entries to post two excellent range scores, an 8.83 and a 9.00 to take a victory that would begin a 2016 winning streak for the 28 year-old from Avoca, NSW.
After a successful 2016 Surfest campaign, it is hoped that Taggart Women’s Pro winner Sally Fitzgibbons will return to Newcastle this year to defend her title.
A favourite among crowds, Sally is a major drawcard for any surfing comp and her anticipated presence at Surfest is a great indication of the popularity of the event.
With a current WSL CT ranking of 8, Sally has reached a number of professional surfing achievements throughout her career including a ASP World # 2 ranking three years running from 2010 to 2012.
She has also enjoyed World Tour wins at the Ripcurl Pro Bells Beach, Fiji Pro Roxy Pro France, Rio Pro Brazil, NZ Pro and was named ISA World Junior Champion and ASP World Junior Champion.
Young Italian surfing sensation Leonardo Fioravanti will hopefully back in 2017 after hotly contesting the Surfest, Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Men’s Pro title last year.
Audiences can expect to the see the same grit and determination in 2017 if he returns to the Merewether break.
Crowned the ASP European Junior Champion 2013, Leonardo is a bright colourful surfer with a true European heritage. He rode his first wave surfed aged just 6 in Anglet, on the Cote Basque in France. Since then he has only had one desire, to become a pro surfer.
Born and raised in northern NSW, six-time Australian WSL world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore’s return to Surfest 2017 after narrowly missing out on the 2016 crown is much anticipated.
Stephanie has dominated women’s professional surfing since she entered the scene in 2007 – winning her first world title as a rookie, followed by three consecutive world titles – an accomplishment no other surfer has achieved in the history of men’s or women’s surfing.
Beyond her 6 ASP World Titles, Stephanie has 24 Elite World Tour victories and for her triumphs, has also been awarded both the Laureus World Sports Award in 2010, considered the most prestigious award in action sports worldwide, and the ESPN ESPY for Best Female Action Sports Athlete in 2011 and 2013.
LAKE MAC FESTIVAL OF SURFING
LAKE MAC FESTIVAL
WHEN: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January 2017
Running across the entire weekend, the Lake Mac Festival of Surfing has once again partnered with Lake Macquarie City Council and will provide a variation on traditional surfing comps with competitive heats for shortboards, longboards and stand-up paddleboards (SUP).Read more…
ORICA TEAMS CHALLENGE
WHEN: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2017.
The Orica Team Challenge attracts board-rider clubs from up and down the east coast of Australia all competing for $10,000 in prize money.Read more…
NIB PRO JUNIOR
WHEN: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February 2017
Newcastle has long been known for its rich surf culture and the nib Pro Junior was created to support the next wave of surfing greats.Read more…
WANDIYALI ATSI INDIGENOUS CLASSIC
WHEN: Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February 2017
Celebrating our country’s heritage, the Wandiyali ATSI Indigenous Classic is the richest indigenous surf contest in the world offering a total prize pool of $20,000.Read more…
2017 ANDITI WOMEN’S PRO
WHEN: Monday 20th to Sunday 26th February 2017
Surfest created professional surfing history in 2016 by giving local businesses the chance to win naming rights for a World Surfing League QS 6000 women’s event via a crowd funding campaign.Read more…
MAITLAND AND PORT STEPHENS TOYOTA MEN’S PRO
WHEN: Monday 20th to Sunday 26th February 2017
It’s the must-see event of Surfest, the 2017 Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Men’s Pro is a World Surf League (WSL) 6000 event with prize money of US$150,000.Read more…
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In 2017, we can look forward to seeing a stellar line up of international surfing stars for the Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Men’s Pro and Anditi Women’s Pro, as well as plenty of action across our breaks with an array of other exciting competition categories held at Redhead, Stockton and Merewether beaches.
Surfest kicks off on Saturday, 27th January at Redhead Beach with the Lake Mac Festival of Surfing and is followed up by events like the Orica Teams Challenge at Stockton, then back to Merewether for the nib Pro Junior, Wandiyali ATSI Indigenous Classic, Anditi Women’s Pro, Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Men’s Pro and a host of other events, markets, music and fun.
As the Official Online Media Partner of Surfest, Newcastle Live will be in the loop and will be keeping you up to date with everything from news and photos, to market and music listings, social media coverage, give- aways, interviews with some of the world’s best surfers and everything in between!
When it comes to Surfest we’ve got you covered – Newcastle Live is in the loop!