SURFEST RETURNS: Surfing festival to celebrate its 36th offering this summer

With backing from the NSW government’s Destination NSW, Surfest will return in December 2021 with the Lake Mac City Pro Junior wildcard trials and conclude at Merewether beach in March 2022.

The surfing festival will celebrate its 36th offering and host nine unique competitions involving approximately 800 competitors with its premier events slotted into the World Surf League’s fully redesigned Competition.

Surfest organiser Warren Smith said it is exciting to be back and the local surfing and business communities were again looking forward to welcoming back World Surf League competitors and officials.

“The commitment from the NSW government’s Destination NSW to support the event from 2022-2024 provides Surfest with a strong platform to attract further sponsorships to ensure a bright future.

“It’s reassuring to have the lead government agency for the NSW tourism and major events sectors demonstrate confidence in Surfest as a vehicle to promote Newcastle and the Hunter region to international, national and local visitors,” Mr Smith said.

NSW Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said the new three-year partnership aligned with the NSW Visitor Economy Strategy 2030 to cement the State’s position as the events capital of the Asia Pacific.

“Surfest has grown to become a flagship event on the Australian surfing calendar and part of the WSL Qualifying Series for men and women, providing a unique opportunity for fans to see the rising stars of professional surfing on the spectacular beaches of Newcastle,” Mr Ayres said.

“The NSW Government is proud to partner with Surfest as part of an enviable calendar of surfing events we have in NSW throughout the year, which aligns with our strategy to build a strong calendar of world-class sport, lifestyle and cultural events in Sydney and NSW that will help us achieve our goal of becoming the premier visitor economy in the Asia Pacific.”

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