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Think of Australia; if the beach isn’t one of the first things you think about its surely second – right?
Well, for nine days in February, Sydney’s iconic Manly Beach will play host to the first ever Australian Open of Surfing – this will be Australia’s most incredible surfing, skating and music event, if not the worlds!
The event is free for the public, runs from the 11-19 February and is expected to draw both local and international crowds for what is an expansion of the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California.
The surfing contest is ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) sanctioned and some of the world greatest surf athletes will be competing in the 6-star men’s and women’s contests, with a top prize of $250,000 – not bad earnings for a day at the beach.
The world’s surfing heavyweights – world number two Joel Parkinson and world number four, Taj Burrow – head a list of local talent that have 2012 world title aspirations and are kick-starting their year at the Australian Open of Surfing. You can see more on the Surfers Profile pages.
The Australian Open of Surfing will be a multifaceted youth and sporting event that will showcase the best in surfing, skate, art, fashion and music with an expected spectator audience of 125,000. People are already getting really excited on twitter:
Manly Beach is well known as the birthplace of Australian surfing and was in fact the location for the first World Surfing Championships held in 1964. So in a sense this is a long overdue homecoming and a great reaffirmation of Sydney’s position on the global surfing circuit.
For more information about The Australian Open of Surf visit their official site.
Flights to Sydney will be awash with surfers and surfing fans ahead of this epic event, and if you’re lucky enough to be going why not check out some of these great attractions while you’re there.
There is also this great bundle of Sydney attractions.
If you have any news about events in Sydney, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.