2024 Seas The Day returns to Kingscliff Beach, NSW

Published on 01/05/2024

Surfing Australia is excited to announce the return of Seas The Day for its second year running. The world’s largest female participation surf event will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of June at Kingscliff Beach in northern NSW.

In its inaugural year, Seas The Day attracted a record crowd of more than 12,000 people with free activities, inspirational talks and workshops hosted by females of the surfing industry. Additionally, another 200 women and young girls hit the waves to compete in a fun tag team contest.

Surfing Australia CEO, Chris Mater, said: “After such a successful event last year, we’re excited to host Seas The Day for a second year running in what will be even bigger and better. Current and former Championship Tour surfers are set to join professional longboarders, free surfers, icons of the sport, and female athletes from across the country, at the festival. Many will be speaking in the festival hubs as well as competing in the celebrity surf challenge and fun tag team competition.

“We hope that this event will inspire more girls and women to get involved in surfing in a pressure free-environment and encourage all females to come together to share their passion for the ocean and the surfing industry. This is an event for everyone to enjoy, so bring your family and friends along to the shores of Kingscliff Beach for a fun weekend of activities,” Mater said.

Labor spokesperson for Tweed, Emily Suvaal MLC, said: “This is a massive win for female surfers across the state and the NSW Government is proud to be supporting the Seas the Day competition for another year.

“The NSW Labor Government has provided a grant of $100,000 from the Premier’s Discretionary Fund to support Surfing Australia to hold the important community event.

The Tweed community will be able to enjoy the world’s largest female surf event come June, in a massive win for the local community,” Suvaal said.

The two-day event on the Tweed Coast will offer spectators plenty of entertainment, including live music, yoga, ice baths, breath work, food trucks, and more.

This year, there will be three festival hubs with guest speakers covering the topics of Women of Surf, Wellness, and Film & Photography. Seven-time World Champion Layne Beachley will also return to host her popular Awake Academy – Know Yourself, Grow Yourself session and Tracy Gilmore, 8x World Champion Steph Gilmore’s mum will be a guest speaker.

New additions include the Film & Photography hub, highlighting the female producers and creators working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. 1993 World Champion, Pauline Menzcer, will release a new autobiography. Professional longboarder and co-founder of Surfers for Climate, Belinda Baggs, will premiere her new film ‘Belinda’ and performance dietitian for the Matildas, Alicia Edge, will host a session on women’s health and nutrition. World record holder and big wave surfer Laura Enever and Andy Kovszun – from the popular women’s lifestyle blog ‘No Shoes No Worries’ – are also speaking at the event and will no doubt hit the water too.

Surfing Australia has women working in leadership roles across the organisation, and many of them will also participate in the hub panel discussions, including former CT athlete Kate Wilcomes and 2005 World Champion and Australian Surfing Hall of Fame inductee Chelsea Hedges.

About Seas The Day:
Seas The Day aims to encourage women of all skill levels to compete in a pressure-free environment alongside a festival featuring guest speakers, workshops, movie screenings, food trucks, live music, entertainment and more.

The contest is open to female surfers in Open Women’s Shortboard, Open Women’s Longboard, Under 18 Shortboard and Under 12 Mini Shredders divisions. Last year, the Mini Shredders was the most popular, with the highest number of entries.

Seas The Day is proudly supported by the NSW Government, Tweed Shire Council, BC™ Protein Snacks, Jim Beam, Sambazon, Ghanda, Cudgen SLSC, Surfers for Climate, Surfing Mums, One Wave and SurfAid.

For more information, please visit seasthedaysurffestival.com.

2024 Seas The Day launch at Kingscliff Beach (L-R) Kate WilcomesEmily Suvaal MLCBelen AlvarezKimble, Justine Elliot MP, Pauline Menczer, Hannah Jessup and Chelsea Hedges. Credit: Surfing Australia

A competitor in the U12 Mini Shredders division at Seas The Day. Credit: Andy Morris / Surfing Australia

Seas The Day women’s surf festival is back for its second year running. Credit: Andy Morris / Surfing Australia

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