Newcastle’s Annual Surfest

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thinselfies (contributor)

I could see the contestants in the water from where we were working in Noah’s on the Beach.

This photo is one of them doing a cutback so please enlarge it to have a look at his style.\

This year sees Newcastle celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Surfest” & some of the surfers were actually staying at Noah’s which was, as explained above, right across from the action. Not conducive to work I must admit! The master of understatement strikes yet again, but being a surfer from farther back than I care to remember you can’t really blame me can you?

printrecord (contributor)

Surfest began back in 1985 as an initiative of Newcastle City Council, who were looking for a ‘major event’ to host within the city. Well… they got it all right!
In 1985 to mark the events 10th anniversary, organisers renamed the main event in honour of Newcastle’s Mark Richards – calling it the Mark Richards Newcastle City Pro. Whilst not the richest in cash terms, the event embodied the hospitality of Newcastle as a city and competitors came in their throngs…to get a piece of the WQS 4 Star ratings and prizemoney but also to pay tribute to 4 time world champ Mark Richards. Since then, Surfest has grown substantially. For the fourth year in a row, organisers have secured a festival naming rights sponsor in EnergyAustralia. As well, EnergyAustralia also have naming rights to the main event – the EnergyAustralia Open, a four (4) star WQS event attracting over 300 competitors – making it Australia’s largest professional surfing event.

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