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About Surfest Newcastle Australia 2024

Surfest acknowledges the traditional country of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples. We respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and continuing relationship with the land, and recognise that they are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of dispossession.

Surfest Newcastle, Australia will celebrate its 38th anniversary in 2024.  The event is the largest surfing festival in the southern hemisphere with a large number national and international male and female competitors, from more across the Asia-Pacific region competing in the event.

Surfest Newcastle Australia 2024 is made possible through the support of Burton Automotive,  the NSW government and Destination NSW, the City of Newcastle, Reflections Holiday Parks, Newcastle Business Community crowdfunding and Newcastle and Hunter regional businesses. 

The event features international fields of competitive surfers in the World Surf League Men’s Qualifying Series 5000 point Burton Automotive Pro, the World Surf League Women’s Qualifying Series 5000 point Surfest Women’s Pro, and the Burton Automotive Pro Junior a World Surf League Qualifying Series 1000 point event. There are a number of complementary surfing events that enhance the festival.

Surfest Newcastle Australia 2024 will commence on 10th February, 2024 with the Reflections Holiday Parks Cadet Cup at Bonny Hills and will conclude on the 17th of March, 2024 at Merewether Beach, where the male and female champions of the prestigious WSL QS5000 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.

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2024 Surfest Champions

Surfest contacts

Warren Smith

Surfest Coordinator

Gemima Pearson-Maytom

Sponsorship and Event Director

Paul Scott

Communications Director

Jo Everett

Event SITE Manager