In 2022 the City of Newcastle Pro presented by Burton Automotive will be a World Surf League (WSL) QS 5000 Pro with prize money totalling AU$50,000. The event happens on the iconic National Surfing Reserve, Merewether beach, Newcastle NSW between the 29th March and 3rd April 2022.
After many years of support by the Burton family the City of Newcastle Pro presented by Burton Automotive has evolved into an event rich in professional surfing history. The honour roll includes a stellar list of past world champions such as Tom Carroll, Barton Lynch, Damien Hardman, Mark Occhilupo, Kelly Slater, Tom Curren and Joel Parkinson.
Burton Automotive General Manager Kim Burton said, “We are extremely pleased to be supporting Surfest in their 36th year. To be able to continue our support of the talented Hunter, national and international surfing community is a pleasure as we want to help promote surfing as a healthy lifestyle. Surfest has always been a very important part of Newcastle and the Hunter’s rich surfing heritage.”
Surfest organiser Warren Smith said, “I’m proud to bring Surfest to the Hunter and the rest of the world for the past 36 years. So to be a partner with the City of Newcastle and the Burton family and Burton Automotive again is amazing.
We are excited to present the WSL QS5000 City of Newcastle Pro presented by Burton Automotive in 2022. Some of the world’s best male professional surfers will return to Newcastle to entertain locals and a worldwide live digital audience.
I cannot thank Kim and Jeanine Burton of Burton Automotive enough for their long-term unwavering support of Surfest and surfing in the Hunter Region. This support is a show of their confidence in Surfest, Newcastle and the wider Hunter Valley and we could not present Surfest at this level without their support.
We cannot wait to bring this world class sporting event to Newcastle and to the world live via www.surfest.com from February 29th to 3rd March 2022.”
Will Hayden-Smith, the WSL Australia/Oceania Regional Manager said, “The Surfest Newcastle Pro presented by Burton Automotive in Newcastle is an institution in the world of professional surfing. The Mark Richards trophy and the QS5000 rating will entice surfers from all over the world who want to compete at what is one of the first major events of the 2022 season.
As it is the 36th anniversary of the Surfest festival the WSL cannot be happier or prouder to be a part of this iconic event. On behalf of a grateful World Surf League we offer a huge thank you to Warren Smith and the Surfest team and the greater Newcastle community for supporting surfing. Over many years Surfest has helped surfers achieve points on their way to qualification points for the WSL Championship Tour. Surfest is a part of helping them to achieve their dreams and hopefully a surfing World Title.”