It’s the legendary competition that has been putting Newcastle on the global surfing map since 1985.
But Newcastle wax heads will have to wait until 2022 to get their Surfest fix with organisers announcing, this week, their intention to scrap the 2021 iteration.
Taking to Facebook on Tuesday organisers announced the cancellation, pointing to the ongoing impact of the pandemic as the driving factor behind the decision while adding that there were plans to host the event in 2022.
“After careful consideration of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers have reluctantly determined that Surfest Newcastle Australia will not run in February – March 2021,” the post read.
“The major factor driving this decision is the paramount safety of the community, athletes and Surfest staff.
“While organisers are extremely disappointed there will be no Surfest in 2021, plans are already underway to see the event return in 2022 bigger and better than ever.”
Surfest began life in 1985 and has long attracted some of the biggest names in the sport with the likes of Tom Curren, Wendy Botha, Mark Occhilupo, Kelly Slater, and Pam Burridge taking home Surfest titles.
Aside from 2021, in its 35-year history, Surfest has only been canceled once before – in 1991 due to a reorganisation of the professional surfing tour.