Skateboard Competition, Australian Open of Surfing, Manly, New South Wales
By Paul Chai
Beautiful Manly Beach is famous for its lively atmosphere and turquoise water, but it is also one of Australia’s best known surfing beaches. In 1964 it was here that the first World Surfing Championships were held.
Those same waves are about to challenge some of the world’s best surfers at the Australian Open of Surfing (AOS), from 25 February to 5 March. “The athlete line-up this year represents the best we’ve had since the Australian Open of Surfing was launched,” says Simon Corkill, vice president, event operations Australia, for event organiser IMG. “We’re looking forward to bringing the best ever Australian Open of Surfing to Sydney.”
Visitors can watch the competition free of charge, but surfing is not all there is to see. This free action sports festival offers a full program of adrenaline sports, live music and great food and drink. Watch the skate competition, see the BMX Pro Cup, and for the first time this year, enjoy the pop-up Beach Club, where you can soak up the atmosphere at the end of each day with a refreshing juice or craft beer.