FIFTY surfers will converge at Birubi Point in Port Stephens this Saturday chasing the opportunity to win a wildcard into Surfest events while raising money for the local surfboard club.
Surfers will battle for one wildcard on offer for Surfest’s two premier World Surf League 5000 events: the Newcastle City Pro presented by Burton Automotive for men and the AAP Consulting Women’s Pro for women. Junior surfers will contest U/14 and U/16 divisions for a wildcard into their respective contests in the Sanbah Cadet cup.
Besides surfers from the three coastal Hunter LGAs, surfers are also coming from New South Wales’ localities including Wollongong, Sydney, Arrawarra, Old Bar, Port Macquarie, Lennox Head, and from Queensland’s Currumbin.
Surfest organiser Warren Smith said the Burton Automotive Surfest 2022 Wildcard Trials have again seen surfers being prepared to travel long distances to surf in this event.
“It’s a great chance to get catapulted into the events. Some of the best surfers from the NSW coastline will be here again injecting funds into the local economy. And it’s terrific to again partner with Bay Area Boardriders who get right behind the Wildcard Trials,” he said.
Surfers who win the wildcard will get free entry into their respective events. The surfers winning wildcards in cadet events will become the top seeds, while the seniors that take out trials will find themselves surfing against the highest seeded surfers that have entered the Newcastle City Pro presented by Burton Automotive and the AAP Consulting Women’s Pro.
Fifty per cent of entry fees into the Wildcard Trials will go to the Bay Area Boardriders club.
First event will be in the water at 7.30am