The countdown is on for the Australian Surf Championships, which get underway in just over two weeks.
Hundreds of competitors, including Masters surfers, will battle it out at Port Macquarie on the NSW mid-north coast in the hopes of being crowed a national champion.
Multiple Australian title holder Jason Livingston (Curl Curl, NSW) will compete in the Over 45 Men and Over 50 Men Longboard divisions.
“These are very competitive. You get all the same guys you see every year plus the new guys coming in that maybe now have grown up kids and are getting back into competitive comps,” he said.
Livingston is a member of Curl Curl Longboarders and said the club was always well represented at the event.
“It’s a great week away with the boys, especially if we bring home the wins. It’s always good to make it to the Aussies and see all the guys from around the country you haven’t seen for a year and catch up. I love the competition and testing myself against the best.”
Belinda Koorey (Manly Vale, NSW) is competing in the Over 50 Women Shortboard division.
“Aussies are extremely competitive, which is why it is so amazing to a part of it and have a go,” she said.
“What I like most is the energy from the competitors and the excitement watching them surf especially as an older surfer still trying to improve. There is some excellent surfing even though we are older.”
The 2023 Australian Championships will kick off on the 4th of August with an opening ceremony and run until the 21st of August 2023. Specific discipline dates can be seen below.
Australian Surf Championships – Port Macquarie, NSW (Aug 4 – 21)
- Opening Ceremony: August 4
- Australian Longboard Titles: August 5 – 12
- Australian Para Surfing Titles: August 13
- Australian Bodyboard Titles: August 14 – 16
- Australian Shortboard Titles: August 17 – 21
Entry to the Australian Titles is by state qualification or invitation.
More details on website HERE.
The Australian Surf Championships are proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW as well as Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Le Tan, Stroud Homes, Bonny Hills Beach Hotel, Jim Beam, Stoddart Group, One Agency North Haven and Surfing NSW.