Australian Open Longboard Champion and Coffs Coast local Paul Scholten
Australian Open Longboard Champion and Coffs Coast local Paul Scholten Trevor Veale

Surf festival is fast approaching

THE Coffs Coast’s wealth of great waves will again play host to the biggest gathering of surfers in the country when the 2016 Australian Surf Festival.

National titles will be decided in Open Surf Masters, Longboard, Logger and Bodyboard divisions in the event that will showcase 18 days of surfing action from July 29.

Many of Australia’s best surfers are expected to compete alongside reigning Australian Open Longboard Champion and Coffs Harbour local Paul Scholten, who is looking forward to defending his Australian title in his own backyard.

“Winning an Open Australian Title on home turf is one of the most memorable experiences of my life,” Scholten said.

“I can’t wait for the event to return to the Coffs region and see some of the best surfers from all around Australia try and claim themselves a title.”

The event is fully mobile with numerous beach break options for each day’s surfing including Park Beach, Macauleys Headland, Diggers Beach, Jetty Beach, Gallows, Arrawarra Beach, Mulloway Beach, Woolgoolga Beach, Emerald Beach and Sapphire Beach.

“We’re proud to be staging the 2016 Australian Surf Festival at Coffs Harbour with the crowning of National Titles featuring some of the best surfers in the country,” Surfing Australia’s general manager of sponsorship and events Jake White said.

“The Coffs Harbour region offers a variety of great waves and is the perfect location to host the 18 day competition.”

NRMA Holiday Parks will be a support partner to the festival and have also taken naming rights to the Australian Longboard Titles.



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