I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Wow Wipe Out
Originating in 1985, Surfest was created as a vehicle to change public perception of and showcase the beauty of Newcastle to non Novocastrians. Held in late February, this year Surfest ran from the 18th to the 28th at Merewether Beach Australian National Surfing Reserve. Challenging conditions were experienced in the aftermath of tropical cyclone Winston.
Over 800 local and international competitors vied for a variety of prizes (Mens, Womens, Junior, High School, Team and Indigenous) at the largest festival of surfing in the Southern Hemisphere. During the Evolution Surfaid Cup at Dixon Park on February 26, 18corporate teams raised $81000.
There are plenty of vantage places along the John Street promenade or amongst the photographers on the sand. There is plenty to do apart from watching the surfing with food trucks children's activities, surf related shopping, sponsors stalls, music and competitions. In Jefferson Park behind the surf club the Beats and Barrels Markets offered more dining options, artisan stalls, a vintage surfboard display and a shaded chill out zone with live music.
See top women surfers in action (photo from website)
Summer finished on a high note as the last day of Surfest coincided with the Big Beach Challenge sand running event and the Australian Bowl-riding Championships at Empire Park. Newcastle sparkled with Summer sun, sand and surfing.