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Surfers to have Un-real carnival

Surf star: Local and former pro rider Kathy Newman is hoping to be swamped by gay competitors during the Coastout Surf Comp.
Surf star: Local and former pro rider Kathy Newman is hoping to be swamped by gay competitors during the Coastout Surf Comp.

KATHY Newman has surfed some of the best swells in the world, but there is one wave she can’t wait to ride.

The former pro surfer is one of the early entrants for what is being billed as Australia’s first gay and lesbian surf contest.

Being held as part of the Coastout Festival on Sunday, October 31, the surf comp is scheduled for Park Beach, but is totally portable depending on conditions.

“As much as it will be competitive, the surf contest is primarily about having a good time,” Kathy said.

“It is acknowledging that gay men and women not only surf, but that they can be very competitive in the water.”

It has been quite a while since Kathy, 39, last surfed competitively.

“I toured the world extensively between 1991 and 1995 and actually won a contest in France, but now I just surf for fun and fitness.”

Kathy is hoping the lure of cash and prizes will appeal to surfers from across the east coast.

To register for the surf contest, email Coastout’s surf director Nat at coastout@surfdiva.com.au.

Registrations for it and the beach carnival set down for Saturday, October 30, close on October 22.

The Un-real Coastout Beach Carnival at the Jetty will include swimming and beach flags, sprint, running, ironperson and novelty events.



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