Australian Open of Surfing
Enjoy watching some of the world's best surfers during the Australian Open of Surfing, held February 10-16, 2015. This annual event is held on the world famous Manly Beach in Sydney and is sure to hold thrills for all. Billed as a celebration of athleticism, innovation, and the exciting youth culture, this is an event that has come to represent Australian beach culture.
The nine-day festival will not only spotlight surfers, but will also give visitors the chance to enjoy art, music, fashion and skateboarding events - all for free!
This event is sponsored and presented by surfing companies Billabong and Hurley, and sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professions who have all worked together to celebrate this exciting sport, at one of the birthplaces of modern surfing - Sydney's famous Manly Beach.
About The Open
The Australian Open-Manly Beach is a direct extension of another exciting surfing event, the U.S. Open of Surfing. Held annually at California's famous Huntington Beach, this U.S.-based festival is much like its Australian counterpart and combines creativity with athletes. According to executives from both Billabong and Hurley, the concept of the Australian Open was developed from the Huntington Beach event. Bob Hurley, founder and chairman of Hurley, said that event organisers were inspired by the great successes of the U.S. Open of Surfing to create an amazing event set in the ground zero of modern surfing, Manly Beach.
Past events have drawn more than 125,000 spectators to beach; in fact it's said that there were so many spectators that there was almost no sand in sight! This speaks to the popularity of this event, which has grown in leaps and bounds in the past few years.
Past Competitors And Winners
Past competitors and winners of the Australian Open include some of the biggest names in surfing including:
- Owen Wright
- Matt Wilkinson
- Miguel Pupo
- Kolohe Andino
- Taj Burrow
- Joel Parkinson
The line up for the Australian Open of Surfing-Manly Beach is sure to hold many competitors that will provide hours of thrills and excitement for all spectators.
In addition to the surfing competitions, this event will also highlight some of the area's best skateboarders.
About Manly Beach
Manly Beach is located on Sydney's Northern beaches and is considered to one of the Sydney area's most popular beach destinations, so it's no wonder that the organizers of the Australian Open of Surfing chose it as the venue.
There are many other attractions and activities to be found at Manly Beach, including kayaking, swimming, tennis golf, roller-blading and much, much more.
You will also be able to take in some delicious food and wine while visiting the area. Because Manly is located between a harbour and the ocean, many dining options take advantage of this spectacular area. There are more than 100 restaurants and eateries from which to choose - there will be something to suit everyone's tastes.
Also, consider all the accommodation options in the area. Choose a full rental accommodation over a traditional hotel, and you'll enjoy spacious living areas and amenities such as fully equipped kitchens. Imagine finding some favourite local ingredients and whipping up a delicious meal, right in the comfort of your rental house.
You'll be able to put your feel up after a day at the shore watching surfers compete during the surfing competition. You and your companions can also talk about all the other area activities that are available in the area.
Come to Manly for the Australian Open of Surfing and stay for the great weather, atmosphere, food and surrounds.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of August 8th 2014
(Photo courtesy of Dan Heap)