The wave rich Coffs Harbour region will again play host to the biggest gathering of surfers in the country when the 2016 Australian Surf Festival is held from July 29-August 15.

National titles will be decided in Open Surf Masters, Longboard, Logger and Bodyboard divisions.

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the event promises to provide a boost to the local visitor economy.

“The Australian Surf Festival is one of the highlights on the Coffs Harbour events calendar, and is supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, attracting thousands of visitors to the region and providing a boost to local hotels, restaurants, businesses and attractions. We’ve got the best beaches in Australia right here in Coffs Harbour, and I encourage surfers and surfing fans to come along and get involved.”

Many of Australia’s best surfers are expected to compete alongside reigning Australian Open Longboard Champion and Coffs Harbour local Paul Scholten, who is looking forward to defending his Australian title in his own backyard.

“Winning an Open Australian Title on home turf is one of the most memorable experiences of my life,” says Scholten. “I can’t wait for the event to return to the Coffs region and see some of the best surfers from all around Australia try and claim themselves a title.”

In more great news for the festival, NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Park has come on board as the official accommodation venue.

NRMA Holiday Parks will be a support partner to the festival and have also taken naming rights to the Australian Longboard Titles.

David Birch, General Manager NRMA Holiday Parks, said, “Surfing and holidays go hand in hand, and that’s why NRMA Holiday Parks are so excited to partner with the 2016 Australian Surf Festival to promote the sport in the region.

“Holiday parks have changed a lot over the years and we’re proud to offer a 4.5-star experience at NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Park, right on Arrawarra Beach, one of the great beach break options for the competition.

“Competitors and spectators alike can relax in a range of accommodation from Lagoon Safari Tents to large spacious camp site and enjoy festival downtime on the park’s seaside golf course, in the resort pool or on the bowling green.

“We look forward to the festival being held on the Coffs Coast and to NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Park being a part of the festival experience.”

Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Denise Knight said the region was the ideal location to host the festival.

“Hosting a prestigious surf event in the region really highlights the natural beauty of the area and its beaches,” said Knight. “The Coffs region is all about surfing and having fun in the ocean, which is why I’m really looking forward to seeing the event return in August.”

The event is fully mobile in the Coffs Harbour region with numerous beach break options which include Park Beach, Macauley’s Beach, Diggers Beach, Jetty Beach, Gallows, Arrawarra Beach, Mulloway Beach, Woolgoolga Beach, Emerald Beach and Sapphire Beach.

“We’re proud to be staging the 2016 Australian Surf Festival at Coffs Harbour with the crowning of National Titles featuring some of the best surfers in the country,” said Surfing Australia General Manager – Sponsorship and Events Jake White.

“The Coffs Harbour region offers a variety of great waves and is the perfect location to host the 18 day competition. We would also like to thank Destination NSW, Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Coast Tourism and NRMA Holiday Parks as the key supporters of this year’s festival.”

The official opening ceremony will be held on July 29 at the Hoey Moey, 84 Ocean Parade, Coffs Harbour.

The Hoey Moey will serve as the social hub for the 2016 Australian Surf Festival and will host a large range of presentations and opening ceremonies.

Australian Surf Festival – Coffs Harbour, NSW – July 29 – 15 August, 2016

– Opening Ceremony – July 29

– Australian Surfmasters Titles – July 30 – August 3

– NRMA Holiday Parks Australian Longboard Titles – August 3 – 11

– Australian Logger Titles – August 8 – 11

– Australian Bodyboard Titles – August 11 – 15

The 2016 Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event is also proudly supported by Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Coast Tourism, NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Park, The Hoey Moey, Nikon, Toyota, Pacific Longboarder, NBN, Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW.

For more information, please visit: www.australiansurffestival.com

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