Australian Surf Festival 2009
What's it all about?
The Australian Surf Titles have been held since 1964, making it the longest running surf event in Australian history.
In 2008, the Australian Surf Titles became the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival, combining the Australian Longboard Titles and the Australian Surfmasters Titles for the first time and expanding into a celebration of the Australian surf lifestyle.
Hosted by Mike Whitney and located at various beaches in the Port Macquarie and Camden Haven area, this year's Festival includes a surf art and photography exhibition, live music, skateboarding displays, surf film screenings and the 'Wine and Waves Festival'.
But, of course, the hottest action will be in the water.
The Festival opens with the Australian Longboard Titles, which will see 180 world-class longboard riders from across the nation vying for 11 prestigious national titles in the under 18 boys and girls, open men and women, over 35 men and women and over 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 years male divisions.
As well, the Australian Surfmasters Titles will see the best surfers battling it out for the opportunity to represent Australia at the ISA World Surfmasters Titles in the open, over 28 and 35 years men and women’s divisions, as well as the over 40, 45, 50 years and kneeboard.
This year's Festival is also creating history with the first ever Stand Up Paddleboard (or SUP) Australian Titles.
With an eclectic mix of veterans and newbie dynamos ready to tear the wave-rich Mid North Coast apart, the Australian Surf Festival is the pinnacle event on our nation's amateur surfing calendar.
About Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie has beautiful beaches from North Haven in the south through to Town Beach, which is right in the heart of Port Macquarie.
With only 30 minutes drive you can find a wave any day of the week. Each beach is unique and offers different quality waves from gentle breakers for beginners through to powerful, fast breaking waves for the more experienced. Some beaches handle southerly swell whilst others are good with a north swell.
They also have remote beaches with access via unsealed roads that you can get away from it all for the day or a weekend. If you want a quick surf before work you will find a wave close by or if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, serenity is a 30 minute drive.
Port Macquarie is 4.5 hours drive north from Sydney and 7 hours drive south from Brisbane.