Date 7 – 15 February 2015
Location: Manly Beach, Sydney
The Hurley Australian Open of Surfing is bringing back surfing, skateboarding, art and concerts to one of Sydney’s iconic beaches. Manly, considered the birthplace of Australian surfing and where the first World Surfing Championships were held in 1964, will again host the 9 day festival. The nine day event is renowned for bringing world–class surf, skate, music and lifestyle activations right to Sydney shores.
The surfing competition will see local and international talent compete for top rankings in this year’s competition. This includes three-time World Surfing Champion and Aussie legend Mick Fanning and the Open and Junior Men’s Division winner of the 2012 Australian Open of Surfing, Matt Banting. Six time Women’s World Champion and current No.1 WCT surfer in the world, Steph Gilmore, will compete against local Sally Fitzgibbons and 2014 Hurley Australian Open of Surfing champion Carissa Moore, to name a few.
The Hurley Beach Bowl, a massive 500 square metre skate bowl with a huge four metre drop, will host a Pro and Masters Divisions competition. Australian’s Renton Millar, and Tas Pappas will take on the current world number one, 19 year old Brazilian Pedro Barros and the only female competitor, Lizzie Armanto in the Pro Division. The charity, Grind For Life, established by pro skater and cancer survivor Mike Roberts, will be represented by five-time Grind for Life Champion and pro skater, Alex Sorgente at the ‘Beach Bowl.’
Coming along for the ride, and to entertain, are some of Australia’s rising music talents. Aussie alternative Indie Dance trio Jagwar Ma have been confirmed to light up the Channel [V] Stage on Friday 13th February. The new band will join chart topper Vance Joy who will take to the stage on Saturday 14th February. Warming up the crowds for Vance Joy, as part of the line-up at the free one-of-a-kind all-ages festival at Manly Beach is indie pop band, San Cisco.
With an audience of over 175,000 expected to attend, public transport is the best way to get to the Australian Open of Surfing.
Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf. Also departing from Manly Wharf and Pier 2 are high speed ferry services operated by Sydney Fast Ferries and Manly Fast Ferries. For timetables, maps and trip planning use the Transportnsw.info website.
For the latest traffic information, including any road closures in place visit www.livetraffic.com, or call 132 701.