Port Stephens Surf Festival 2018
Simon Gates; Day 1 NSW Longboard Titles - Photo by Terry Day / Surfing NSW
MAROUBRA BEACH, SYDNEY
Monday, 18 June 2018
The 2018 ECS Boards SUP State Titles and the 2018 Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles pres. by HIF will call Port Stephens home from the 19th - 24th June 2018.
The two state title events will form the Port Stephens Surf Festival and decide the NSW Teams for the upcoming Australian SUP Titles in Currumbin and the Australian Longboard Titles at Tweed Heads.
Port Stephens Council Mayor Ryan Palmer said: "Council is delighted to be hosting the inaugural Port Stephens Surf Festival. This event will attract competitors from around Australia and is expected to have an economic impact of more than $600,000 across our community.”
Palmer added, "The Port Stephens Surf Festival will promote our beautiful beaches and incredible National Parks to a nationwide audience and links directly to marketing strategies aimed at growing overnight visitation to Port Stephens.”
Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden echoed similar sentiments.
“Port Stephens is an idyllic region and we can’t wait to show its beautiful beaches to some of NSW’s best longboarders and stand-up paddlers when the Port Stephens Surf Festival kicks off. We expect to see over 200 competitors partaking in the event over both disciplines in what is sure to be a spectacular display of wave riding and ocean paddling.”
LONGBOARDERS REVEL IN PUNCHY WAVES ON OPENING DAY OF PORT STEPHENS SURF FESTIVAL
ONE MILE BEACH, PORT STEPHENS
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Despite some horrific weather on the NSW coastline, longboard competitors were greeted with punchy two-foot peaks for the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles at One Mile Beach as part of the opening day at the Port Stephens Surf Festival.
Multiple Australian Title holder Jason Livingston (Curl Curl) showed why he was considered one of the nation’s best longboarders, dominating the Over-45 Mens round one. Livingston performed an array of powerful frontside turns to post a giant 16.5 two-wave heat total. Livingston will make his next appearance when the event kicks off tomorrow.
Having competed for the better part of half-a-century, Danny Bond (Blue Bay), showed the competitive fire still burned strong, with the Central Coast surfer taking victory in his opening Over-70 and Over-65 Men’s exchange. Bond was able to put respectable scores on the board in both heats with him posting 12.67 in the 70’s and 14.00 in the 65’s.
John Skinner (Warilla) and Mark Ingleby (Emerald Beach), both made their intentions known in the Over-60 Men’s division with both surfers taking top honours in their opening heats. Both surfers posted heat totals in excess of 12.94 to claim wins and cement their position straight into the semi-finals.
Charlie O’Sullivan (Woolgoolga) showed his versatility taking an opening heat victory in the Over-50 Men’s, just days after he put on an impressive performance at the HIF Surfmasters. O’Sullivan sent a warning shot to his fellow surfers, posting a giant 14.00 two-wave heat total to earn his position into the semi-finals.
The Port Stephens Surf Festival comprises of the 2018 ECS Boards SUP State Titles and the 2018 Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles pres. by HIF and will decide the NSW Teams for the upcoming Australian SUP Titles in Currumbin and the Australian Longboard Titles at Tweed Heads.
The Port Stephens Surf Festival is proudly supported by Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, ECS Boards, Port Stephens Council, Oasis Wellness Center, AirAsia, H2Coco, Toyota, Mothernest, NBN, and Surfing NSW.
FIRST CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT PORT STEPHENS SURF FESTIVAL
PORT STEPHENS SURF FESTIVAL HEATS UP AHEAD OF FINAL DAY
PORT STEPHENS SURF FESTIVAL WRAPS UP FOR 2018.
Day 1 NSW Longboard Titles
Charlie O'Sullivan - Photo by Terry Day / Surfing NSW
George Haskas - Photo by Terry Day / Surfing NSW
Jason Livingston- Photo by Terry Day / Surfing NSW
John Fraser- Photo by Terry Day / Surfing NSW
Matt Rawson - Photo by Terry Day / Surfing NSW