2013 Burton Toyota Surfest launch

Burton Toyota Pro #1 seed World Champion -Joel Parkinson. Image; Red Monkey
Burton Toyota Pro #1 seed World Champion -Joel Parkinson. Image; Red Monkey

Newcastle, NSW, Australia, Wednesday 30th January, 2013.

THE 2013 Burton Toyota Surfest will be launched this coming Friday, February 1, at the Stockton Surf Club.

The launch coincides with the first official event of Surfest – the Orica Tag Team Challenge – to be held on North Stockton Beach from February 1-3.  The Orica Tag Team Challenge will be hosted by Stockton’s North Side Board Riders.

Not only is the Orica Tag Team Challenge the first Burton Toyota Surfest event for 2013, it will be the first time a Surfest event has ever been entirely run at North Stockton.

The launch will include the Member for Newcastle Tim Owen, Newcastle Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy, Kim Burton from Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota and a bevy of competing surfers. Representatives from the NSW government and Orica will also be in attendance.

With a whopping $10,000 up for grabs, organisers are expecting great competition over the three days of the Orica Tag Team Challenge.

General Manager of Orica Kooragang Island, Greg Holmes, said, “The company is delighted to support the event, which will showcase Stockton Beach and benefit the local community.”

Surfest organiser Warren Smith said the Orica Tag Team Challenge at Stockton is a great way for Surfest to broaden its engagement with the Hunter community beyond Newcastle.

“We have had the Port Stephens Toyota trials at Birubi and now we are holding the Orica Tag Team Challenge at North Stockton.

“The Stockton community is a historic beach side village that has consistently produced surfing champions since the 1960s.

“Surfers such as Damian Iredale, Mark Tickle, Lucas Gresham and Simon Law honed their surfing on the fast left and right breaking waves along the stretch of Stockton Beach,” Mr Smith said.

North Side Board Riders’ spokesman Paul Smart said the event will help achieve the aspiration of Stockton surfers to have their own premises.

“North Side Board Riders have a long term goal of building our own club house.  Our welcome involvement in the first ever Surfest event to be held at Stockton Beach will go a long way to us getting there,” Mr Smart said.

What: 2013 Burton Toyota Surfest launch

Where: Stockton Surf Club. Pitt Street, Stockton

When: 11.30am, Friday, February 1, 2013.

Light refreshments will be served.

For further information contact Warren Smith on 0412127525.


About the 2013 Surfest Newcastle Australia
The 2013 Surfest Newcastle Australia features the Burton Toyota Pro (Men’s ASP 6-Star) and the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic (Women’s ASP 6-Star), along with eight supporting events. The event is made possible with the support of Burton Toyota, the Hunter Sports Sports Group, Newcastle City Council and the NSW Government through Destination NSW. Surfest Newcastle Australia is conducted over 12 days from February 13-24 at Merewether beach, a recognised Australian National Surfing Reserve. Merewether is home to festival patron and Australia’s most accomplished men’s world professional surfing champion, four-time world champion Mark Richards (1979-82) and presents the winner a trophy in his likeness. 2013 marks the festival’s 28th year and with over 800 national and international competitors, Surfest Newcastle Australia is the largest festival of surfing in the southern hemisphere. Get up-to-the minute updates, photos and interviews, as well as the program of events at surfest.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.