- The second annual Australian Open of Surfing will take place at Sydney’s Manly Beach in February 2014.
- The Australian Open of Surfing is a free event that will be a celebration of surf and youth culture.
- Manly played host to the inaugural World Surfing Championship in 1964 and has a rich cultural history of more than a century of surfing.
The Australian Open of Surfing festival combines world-class athletes, artists and fans in a celebration of youth-culture, innovation and athleticism at Sydney’s Manly Beach - the birthplace of modern surfing.
The free event runs for nine days and attracts more than 125,000 spectators to celebrate the best of Australian action sports, music, art and fashion. It will return to Manly in February 2014.
Presented by Billabong and Hurley, the Australian Open of Surfing incorporates skateboarding and ASP-sanctioned Pro and Junior surfing tournaments.
It is an extension of the world’s largest action sports festival, the US Open of Surfing, a week-long youth-focused surfing, skate, fashion and lifestyle event held annually during the summer in Huntington Beach, California.
The 2012 festival program was packed with events including Association of Surfing Professionals six-star events for men and women, season-ending World Junior Championships for boys and girls, Skate Challenge, the Australian Open Music Stage and the Festival Village.
Set to attract the world’s elite surf and skateboard athletes, the entertainment also includes a music line-up featuring top international headline acts.