Emerald Beach longboard champion Harley Ingleby has taken on the best the world stage has to offer, but he reckons surfing for the national title in his backyard at the Australian Surf Festival will be just as big a thrill.
The region is gearing up for the largest gathering of surfers in the country when the event is held from August 1-18. Almost 400 surfers from around Australia will contest the two-week surfing festival.
National titles will be decided in Open Surf Masters, Single Fin, Longboard and Logger divisions. This year will also see the introduction of the inaugural Wahu Australian Bodyboard Titles.
Ingleby, the 2009 World Champion, recently won the NSW Longboard Title and is excited to have Australia’s top longboarders battling it out at some of his home breaks.
“The NSW Title has always been a really tough title to win with the strength of competitors in our State,” Ingleby said. “It’s going to be great to surf for an Australian Title in the Australian Surf Festival on the Coffs Coast. This will be the biggest event I have surfed at home.”
Coffs Harbour is home to a number of great beach break options that work in a variety of wind and swell conditions. The main base for the event will be Park Beach which is located north east of the Coffs Harbour CBD. The event is fully mobile in the Coffs Harbour region with numerous beach break options which include Park Beach, Macauley’s Beach, Diggers Beach, Jetty Beach, Gallows, Arrawarra Beach, Mulloway Beach, Woolgoolga Beach, Emerald Beach and Sapphire Beach.
A hotline - 0458 247 212 - will be operating for the festival which will feature a recorded message updated at 6:45am each morning with the confirmed daily schedule and contest venue.
The official opening ceremony will be held on August 1 at 4pm at Hoey Moey, 84 Ocean Parade, Coffs Harbour.
The 2014 Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
2014 AUSTRALIAN SURF FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
1 August – Australian Surf Festival Opening Ceremony