Surfest is held at beautiful Merewether beach. Photo: Grant Sproule

About Surfest Newcastle Australia 2018

In 2018, Surfest Newcastle Australia will celebrate its 33rd anniversary. The event is the largest surfing festival in the southern hemisphere with over 700 national and international competitors, from more than two-dozen countries, competing in the event.

In 2018, Surfest Newcastle Australia will be made possible through the support of Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota, the NSW Government through Destination NSW, the combination of 85 crowd-funding businesses within the Newcastle Business Community, Orica, The City of Newcastle, nib, Wandiyali ATSI INC and Surfests media partners, supporting and supplying sponsors. The event features international fields of competitive surfers in the Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro (World Surf League Men’s Qualifying Series 6000 point event), the Surfest Women’s Pro (World Surf League Women’s Qualifying Series 6000 point event) and the nib Pro Junior (World Surf League Qualifying Series 1000 point event) along with a broad range of complementary surfing events.

Surfest Newcastle Australia 2018 will commence on 20 January 2018 with The Lake Mac Festival of Surfing at Redhead Beach and will conclude on 25th February 2018 at Merewether Beach, where the male and female champions of the QS events will add their names to an enviable list of winners.

Merewether Beach was crowned a national surfing reserve in 2009 and is home to festival patron and Australia’s most accomplished men’s world professional surfing champion, Mark Richards (1979-82). The four-time world champion was voted as the most influential Australian surfer (1963-2013) at Surfing Australia’s 50th anniversary.

Surfest contacts

Warren Smith
Surfest Coordinator
M: 0412 127 525
E: [email protected]
Emily Flook
Sponsorship and Event Director
M: 0402 731 004
E: [email protected]
Paul Scott
Communications Director
M: 0488 981 037
E: [email protected]

Emma Gibbons
Event Manager
M: 0475 851 499
E: [email protected]