FEBRUARY, 22, MEREWETHER, AUSTRALIA
Surfest will turn 31 in 2016 making it one of the longest running surf events in Australia. The Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro Men’s will be a World Surf League (WSL) 6000 event with prize money of US$150,000.
The Maitland and Port Stephens Pro is an event rich in surfing history. The Honour Roll features the names on many world champions such as Tom Carroll, Barton Lynch, Damien Hardman and Mark Occhilupo, Kelly Slater, Tom Curren and the 2013 WSL world champion Queenslander, Joel Parkinson.
Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Group General Manager Kim Burton said, ” To have two 6000 point WSL QS events raring to go in February is terrific. And seeing Hunter businesses come together through a crowd-funding initiative to ensure Surfest will have many of the best male and female surfers from around the world shows just how much Surfest means to the region."
Surfest organiser Warren Smith said,” We are ecstatic about the success of our recent crowdfunding campaign that resulted in the return of the Surfest women’s event to a WSL 6000 status. The fact that Kim Burton of Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota has again backed a WSL 6000 is indicative of not only the support of local businesses but tells a story of the importance of the event to Newcastle and the the greater Hunter region.