It will be surf city from today with the Australian Longboard Surfing Open, and the Longboard Surfing Festival of the Asia Pacific, held 25-29 March 2015 at Kingscliff.
The Festival and contest honours the history of longboard surfing with live music, surf vehicle display, Miss Beach Girl competition, surf films, yoga, art and lifestyle stalls.
Over the years it has been an excuse for longboarders to get together with other like-minded surfers from around Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA. It attracts the current crop of professional longboard surfing superstars including world champions Harley Ingleby and the Tweed Coast’s own, Chelsea Williams. Together they rub shoulders with stars from the early years like the world’s first ever surfing champion, Phyllis O’Donnell, surf mogul Doug Warbrick and the Godfather of soul surfing Ray Gleave.
The third event of the 2015 ASP Longboard Qualifying Series, the Australian Longboard Surfing Open returns to Kingscliff in March 2015. This event is known for regularly attracting various world rated surfers and international world champions like Taylor Jensen and Jen Smith along with many of Australia’s hottest young competitors like Australian U18 Title holders Josh Skinner and Lily Ellis. Together they gather with a sprinkling of international competitors, SUP surfers and log riders, to share their skills and stories with other surfers.
The Australian Longboard Surfing Open pays homage to the history and the lifestyle of longboard surfing with a number of amateur surfing divisions, Old Mal and Retro divisions, a Noserider, SUP surfing and races. On the land there will be plenty to do, and plenty to watch in the water. Kingscliff will be the place to be!!