Newcastle is the place to be at the moment for anyone that enjoys world class surfing action.
Surfest has come early this year with the re-scheduling of Newcastle’s 6 star international surf contest.
In it’s 28th year Surfest is Australia’s largest surfing festival and will run from February 1 and conclude with the finals on February 24.
Originally the contest was held at Newcastle Beach though in 2007 it was decided to move the contest over the hill to Merewether Beach. The relocation was met with mixed reactions from both residents and competitors.
2012’s runner up Filipe Toledo is back staying at Backpackers by the Beach and is very keen to erase last year’s inteference call which cost him the title by going one better. Everyone here at Backpackers by the Beach wishes Filipe and all the other competitors staying here the best of luck and I’m sure all the backpackers will be down at the beach cheering them on.
The Burton Toyota Pro Junior contest runs from Feb 14-17, Pro Trials on the 17th and the men and women’s main events Feb 18-24.