Supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing will run from 7-15 February, 2015, showcasing the world's best surfers and skateboarders alongside a stellar music line up at Manly Beach, Sydney over nine days. The inaugural Australian Open of Surfing in 2012 put Manly and Sydney on world surfing's centre stage and in 2015 is expected to attract an audience in excess of 175,000 people. The festival will once again show both Australia and the world that Manly not only has the best of Sydney's beach and surf culture, but that it also offers a vibrant food, wine and shopping scene.
“I grew up surfing at Manly so I love what the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing brings to the area, the vibe and way the event has been embraced is brilliant. To have some of the biggest names in surfing in an ASP rated competition so close to the city is quite incredible”.
“And the event isn't all about the surfing. I can't get enough of the skating and when I sit on the beach watching the technical tricks and air game of the skateboarders I see the future of surfing in what they're doing,” said Hurley Australian Open of Surfing Contest Director Barton Lynch.
Among the world's best surfers to hit the waves at Manly will be a powerful contingent of pro surfers from around New South Wales. With incredible beaches, reef breaks and world class waves, New South Wales is a surfing paradise and the home State of a number of athletes competing at the 2015 Hurley Australian Open of Surfing.
Surfing in New South Wales
With more than 1,300km of coastline dotted with sandy shores, New South Wales is tailor-made for surfing. The key to the state's brilliant surf is the coastal topography: rather than uninterrupted miles of sand, the coastline is punctuated by headlands, cliffs, bays, coves, reefs and bomboras.
Sydney's coastline links its famous beaches, from Narrabeen in the north toBondi Beach in the south, where you can learn to surf or embark on a coastal walk to take in the scenery.