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The NSW Government through Destination NSW is proud to be a part of this exciting, new event for Sydney and NSW, the Australian Open of Surfing. This event brings the best of surf, skate and music to our city, embracing youth culture and promoting the unique energy of Sydney’s outdoor lifestyle. What better location than our iconic Manly Beach, the spiritual home of Australian surfing. Manly played host to the inaugural World Surfing Championship in 1964 and has a rich cultural history of more than a century of surfing. So we are delighted Manly was chosen as the Sydney home of this global event. The Liberals and Nationals Government is committed to pursuing and securing major events for Sydney
and NSW and what better event to help position Manly as the number one beach community and Sydney as the must see destination in Australia. We thank Manly Council for its support and we look forward to working in partnership with them and our other partners to make this event a global success. Enjoy the surf, skate and music action, all this summer at Manly Beach.
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ABOVE: BARTON LYNCH; 1988 WORLD CHAMP, MANLY LEGEND. BARTON IS ALSO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN CO-CONTEST DIRECTOR WITH LUKE EGAN. RIGHT: MANLY BEACH LOOKING SOUTH FROM QUEENSCLIFF. A SPIRITUAL HOME OF SURFING. PHOTO: ANDREW GREGORY; DESTINATION NSW
Growing up surfing in Manly you’re aware of the rich surfing history; you’re aware of Dave Jackman surfing the Bommie, you’re aware of Midget Farrelly and Phyllis O’Donnell winning their World Titles there in 1964. I even wagged school to watch that famous Coke Classic final in 1978 between Larry Blair and Wayne Lynch. And I thought it was my destiny to win the W H AT YOU ’RE G OIN G TO S E E H ERE AT M A N LY AT TH E AUS TRA LIA N OP E N OF S U R F I N G IS TH E KIN D OF H IG H P E R F ORM A N CE BEACH BRE A K S U R F I N G YOU S E E AT P LACE S L I K E TH E U S OP EN OF S U RF IN G AT H U NTIN GTON.
World Title at Manly on my home beach in front of my family and friends here in 1987 at the Coke Classic but I lost, and for me it was one of the most
heartbreaking moments of my career. I was just lucky my destiny was waiting for me at Pipeline the following year! There hasn’t been a men’s pro tour event here at Manly since 1999, and the change in performance surfing in that time, well, you wouldn’t even recognise it. I’m super excited that this contest is happening in Manly. It’s another chapter in Manly’s surfing history waiting to be written. I’m excited to spend the time back home in Manly and bump into some old mates… and see the best surfers in the world. – BL
MEN’S PRO SURFING
ABOVE: KELLY SLATER CHAIRED UP THE BEACH AFTER WINNING THE 2011 US OPEN AT HUNTINGTON. OPPOSITE: THE KIND OF SURFING THAT TOOK BRETT SIMPSON TO CONSECUTIVE US OPEN TITLES AT HIS HOME BEACH OF HUNTINGTON. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF HURLEY
The Australian Open of Surfing will see the world’s best surfers competing in front of a huge and appreciative surfing crowd. As a six-star ASP tour event, and the first major contest of the 2012 ASP season in Australia, the Australian Open of Surfing will put the top-rated surfers in the world up against a horde of the most freakishly talented young guys on tour. Already confirmed are names like Taj Burrow, Kolohe Andino, Jordy Smith, Adrian Buchan, Joel Parkinson, Brett Simpson and Mitch Crews. Modelled off the super-successful US Open of Surfing at California’s Huntington Beach, it’ll be a spectacle for both surf fans and surfer alike. “I surfed in the US Open last year,” said world number two Joel Parkinson, “and I was blown away. Surfing in front of a crowd that size is something
else. Just looking in from the water and seeing a beach full of humanity is like being on the field playing in a grand final.” “Giving the groms, and for that matter the everyday surfer, the chance to see their heroes destroy the same waves they rush home from school and work to surf everyday is inspiring,” said world number 16, Adrian Buchan. The action begins at Manly Beach on February 11 when the world’s best junior surfers battle it out at the Australian Open of Surfing Pro Junior. AUSTRALIAN OPEN OF SURFING
ASP 6-star rated • Men’s 13-19 • February Steyne, Manly Beach • North • $155,000 prize money
WOMEN’S PRO SURFING
ABOVE: LAST YEAR’S US OPEN WINNER, SALLY FITZGIBBONS. OPPOSITE: CALIFORNIAN COURTNEY CONLOGUE THROWING HEAT AT LAST YEAR’S US OPEN. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF HURLEY
The performance level on last year’s ASP Women’s Tour broke through to astounding new places. Surfers like Carissa Moore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Steph Gilmore and Tyler Wright all surfed phenomenally, their heats generating a huge buzz. And with the Australian Open of Surfing being the first event of the 2012 ASP girls’ calendar, they’ll be keen to take up where they left off. The girls have had plenty of recent experience in the waves of Manly. Local iconess and seven-time World Champion, Layne Beachley hosted her eponymous world tour event at Manly Beach between 2006 and 2008. Those events produced two stunning results. The first was teenage wildcard Steph
Gilmore beating Layne in the 2006 final. The second was in 2008 when Steph – by this time a World Champion herself – lost to 14-year-old wildcard Tyler Wright in the final. And with the Australian Open being a star-rated event, it means the top female surfers in the world will again test themselves against the best emerging talent. The little sister of the girls’ event is the Australian Open of Surfing Pro Junior, which kicks off Feb 12. AUSTRALIAN OPEN OF SURFING ASP 6-star rated • Women’s 13-19 • February Steyne, Manly Beach • North • $40,000 prize money
PRO SKATE BEACH BOWL
ABOVE: NOLAN JOHNSON, INVERT. RIGHT: TOM REMILLARD’S FRONTSIDE AIR. PHOTOS: COURTESY HURLEY
While the world’s best surfers are flaring out in the water, back at the event site a bunch of the world’s best pro skaters will be dropping into The Beach Bowl for a share of $50,000 prize money. The skate stronghold of Manly will play host to 40 of skate’s biggest names, drawn from all over the world. They’ll be skating in a jam format, with four-tosix skaters at a time taking to the Beach Bowl. The pro skaters will be joined by 20 Masters and 16 local junior skaters. The action will culminate on Sunday afternoon with the Masters Final, the Pro Final, and the Best Trick Competition.
THE BEACH BOWL February 16-19 North Steyne, Manly Beach $50,000 prize money
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The Beach Bowl will be making its debut Down Under at the Australian Open of Surfing. The Bowl is a custombuilt skating marvel; created in 1999 it’s travelled the world from Brazil to England and throughout the USA. The kidney-shaped bowl has a vert extension and a hip, and caters for hundreds of trick combinations. S pectators will have access to grandstands positioned around the bowl, giving skate-fans a perfect view of the crew shredding it up.
LIVE MUSIC No good beachside surf and skate event is complete without a pulsing live soundtrack, and the Australian Open of Surfing will bring some of Australia’s biggest bands to the sands of Manly. On Friday afternoon the surfers in the last heat of the day won’t even be dry when DJ Grant Smillie’s first track kicks in. Grant’s set will then be followed by the punk-hop of Bluejuice, before Sydney’s favourite dance act, Sneaky LIVE MUSIC Channel [V] stage, North Steyne February 17 & 18 4pm-6.30pm
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Sound System celebrate the imminent arrival of the biggest weekend Manly has seen in a long time. But just when you think you’ve got it too good already, Saturday afternoon on the Channel [V] Stage will open up with Amy, Hannah, Sarah and Holly Findlay – better known as Stonefield. They’ll be followed by the driving guitars of Children Collide, before a secret headliner – one of the greatest ever live bands – close the day out.
BELOW LEFT: CHILDREN COLLIDE BELOW RIGHT: SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM OPPOSITE: MUSIC FANS KICKIN’ THE JAMS AT THE US OPEN OF SURFING. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF HURLEY
EVENT SCHEDULE TIME
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH 08:00 AM - 02:49 PM Surf Stadium
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH 08:00 AM - 11:24 AM Surf Stadium 11:25 AM - 03:30 PM Surf Stadium
Junior Women Junior Men
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH 08:00 AM - 02:47 PM Surf Stadium
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH 08:00 AM - 10:32 AM Surf Stadium 10:33 AM - 02:47 PM Surf Stadium
AOS Women AOS Men
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH 08:00 AM - 01:56 PM Surf Stadium 01:57 PM - 03:38 PM Surf Stadium 03:39 PM - 04:55 PM Surf Stadium
AOS Men AOS Women AOS Men
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH 08:00 AM - 04:29 PM Surf Stadium 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Beach Bowl 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM Beach Bowl 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM Beach Bowl
AOS Men Skate Masters Practice Skate Pro Practice Skate Juniors
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 08:00 AM - 03:38 PM 10:30 PM - 03:30 PM 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
AOS Men Skate Open Practice Skate Pro Heats DJ - Grant Smillie Opening Band Sneaky Sound System
17TH Surf Stadium Beach Bowl Beach Bowl Music Stage Music Stage Music Stage
DAILY: 7:30AM – 6.00PM......Welcome Centre | 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM......Retail Store SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH 08:00 AM - 11:49 AM Surf Stadium 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM Beach Bowl 11:50 PM - 12:35 PM Surf Stadium 12:36 PM - 01:26 PM Surf Stadium 01:26 PM - 01:51 PM Surf Stadium 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM Beach Bowl 01:57 PM - 02:27 PM Surf Stadium 02:30 PM - 03:00 PM Beach Bowl 02:28 PM - 02:57 PM Surf Stadium 02:58 PM - 03:28 PM Surf Stadium 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM Beach Bowl 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM Music Stage 04:30 PM – 05:30 PM Music Stage 05:30 PM – 06:30 PM Music Stage
AOS Men Skate Open Practice AOS Women Semis Junior Men Semis BlackBerry BBM Music Power 50 Super Session Skate Masters Heat Junior Women Finals Skate Sony Best Trick Practice Junior Men Finals Junior Surf Awards Ceremony Skate Pro Heat Opening Band Children Collide Special Guest headline act
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH 08:00 AM - 11:48 AM Surf Stadium 10:30 AM – 02:00 PM Beach Bowl 11:49 AM - 12:19 PM Surf Stadium 12:19 PM - 12:44 PM Surf Stadium 12:50 PM - 01:20 PM Surf Stadium 01:21 PM - 01:51 PM Surf Stadium 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM Beach Bowl 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM Beach Bowl 03:30 PM – 04:00 PM Beach Bowl 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM Beach Bowl 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM Beach Bowl 06.00PM – 06.15 PM Beach Bowl
AOS Men Open Skate AOS Women Finals BlackBerry BBM Music Power 50 Super Session AOS Men Finals Surf Awards Ceremony Skate Masters Practice Skate Masters Final Skate Pro Practice Skate Pro Final Skate Sony Best Trick Beach Bowl Skate Awards
* Event schedule subject to change. Check australianopenofsurfing.com for schedule updates.
SALLY, FROM THE NSW SOUTH COAST, IS LOOKING FORWARD TO COMPETING IN MANLY.
What is the best thing about pro surfing returning to Manly? It has a lot of history going back to the Coke Classic days, so to bring back some of that magic will be amazing. Aside from the surfing, what aspect of the Australian Open of Surfing
WORLD TOUR SURFER
are you looking forward to most? It is supposed to be like the US Open where they have concerts and skate events on the beach. There will be a lot of exciting things on the go, which creates an amazing atmosphere to compete in. What is your favourite thing to do in Sydney? Going for a morning run around the harbour and the Botanical Gardens. What is it about Manly that makes it so special to surfers? A lot of great surf contest locations are remote and the general population might not be inclined to travel to them. Manly is the first stop when you get off the ferry and the beginning of the beautiful Northern Beaches so having it close to the heart of Sydney where big crowds can get involved will make it special.
ADRIAN BUCHAN What is the best thing about competitive surfing returning to Manly? It’s the birthplace of surfing in Australia, and it’s great to go back there and showcase modern surfing to the people of Sydney. Aside from the surfing, what aspect of the Open are you looking forward to most? Performing in front of a big crowd for all of the athletes and musicians will be really exciting, and it’s as close as I get to having a home crowd. What is your favourite thing to do in Sydney? Going out to a good restaurant – all the hidden gems in China Town, Kings Cross and Paddington. There’s nothing better than exploring the restaurants off the beaten track.
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What sets the Open format aside from a regular surfing event? It’s more than just a surfing contest. There’s something for the whole family, be it surfing, skating, music or stalls. It’s going to be fun.
“ACE” BUCHAN IS LOOKING TO START 2012 OFF WITH A WIN AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN.
THE MANLY AREA OPPOSITE: THE SANDS OF MANLY, US OPEN OF SURFING HUNTINGTON PHOTO: AUSTALIAN OPEN OF SURFING BELOW: A HELI-EYE VIEW OF MANLY WITH THE FINE CITY OF SYDNEY IN THE BACKGROUND. PHOTO: HAMILTON LUND; DESTINATION NSW
Long before the Australian Open of Surfing was even conceived the Manly area was recognised world-wide as one of the planet’s ideal surfing locations. Manly Beach played host to the very first World Surfing Championships in 1964 and was the first Australian beach to allow daylight swimming in 1904. Take the bus just up the road and you’ll
find Narrabeen, while a little further north is perhaps Australia’s most recognisable beach – Palm Beach – or as it’s known to television viewers, Home and Away’s Summer Bay. Remember, whichever of the region’s beaches you visit, always swim between the flags, respect the local environment and take advantage of the region’s efficient public transport. The Australian Open of Surfing is a smoke and alcohol-free event!
parking available • Limited public transport • Catch connections all over Sydney • Bus For more information on public • transport options visit the 131500.info site or call 131 500
N E W S O U T H WA L E S From the powerful tranquility of Cape Howe in the south to the teeming surftropolis of Tweed Heads in the north, every one of New South Wales’ 892 beaches feels like its own little universe. The Sydney coastline is also rich in surf folklore, every beach has a story to tell, and four of Australia’s 11 National Surfing Reserves – Cronulla, Maroubra, Manly and North Narrabeen – are Sydney beaches. As you drive south down the Princes Highway the highrise soon gives way to stunning forested coast. If it’s space you crave, the NSW South Coast has miles of it. From the ancient waves of Summercloud Bay to the old whaling towns near the border, this is a coast from another time.
Meanwhile, the road trip north from Sydney has become a modern classic. Whether it be chasing a swell, or a simple bit of escapism, the NSW North Coast has become more a state of mind than a simple drive. People have been metaphorically lost here for weeks, months… even lifetimes. Turn-offs to famous pointbreaks like Crescent Head, Angourie, Lennox Head and Byron Bay summon you from the highway as you follow the sun and swell to the north.
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OPPOSITE: NSW IS A PLAYGROUND FOR SURFERS.THE LEGENDARY PACIFIC COAST. LENNOX HEAD, NSW. ABOVE: DAWN PATROL IN PARADISE.
THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY TROPFEST, THE BIGGEST SMALL FILM FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD. PHOTO: COURTESY OF TROPFEST
Treading the sands of the world’s best urban beaches is just the start of your amazing Sydney discovery. The thriving metropolis by the sea is brimming with culture and activity:
BridgeClimb, a guided tour over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Catch a ferry from Manly to Circular Quay and experience the harbour first hand. Walk the scenic pathway that travels the cliff tops of Bondi Beach to Tamarama and Bronte. Check out the Surf City exhibit at the Museum of Sydney, capturing the city’s six-decade love affair with surfing. TropFest, the largest outdoor film festival in the world, celebrating its 20th year in The Domain. For more visit sydney.com
Getting radical in loose Sydney hangin’
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W H E R E T O WATC H PROGRAM CONTENT
CHANNEL Friday, February 17th
Monday, February 13th Live Webcast
Surf – Pro Women
Tuesday, February 14th Live Webcast
Surf – Men & Women
Wednesday, February 15th Live Webcast
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Saturday, February 18th Live Webcast Live Broadcast Daily Highlights Live Concert
Live Webcast Live Broadcast Daily Highlights
* Broadcast schedule subject to change. Check australianopenofsurfing.com for schedule updates.
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Thursday, February 16th Live Webcast
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SCORECARD The world we live in is hyper-connected – we know what you’re doing, when you’re doing it and who’s there with you. Running with this idea, we bring you the Australian Open of Surfing Scorecard, which allows you to automatically post and Tweet from the event site and win a bunch of free stuff in the process.
HOW IT WORKS
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Grab your Australian Open of Surfing Scorecard at the entrance to the event. Dial in your card with your social network info. Visit the check-in kiosks on site and swipe your card. (The more you check-in the better your chances of winning). Scan, share, score prizes. Repeat.
SCORECARDS SCORE YOU PRIZES. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF HURLEY
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HURLEY H2O Hurley is a water-borne company. And when we see one in six people in the world do not have access to clean water, it compels us to ask: What can HURLEY H20: FAST FACTS Established: 2008 What: Combating water scarcity Message: Clean water for everyone Partners: Waves For Water, Sumba Foundation, The Ecology Center (US) Results: Helping provide access to clean water for 5.5 million people On Beach/H2O Booth: Single-use plastic bottle ban, free water through H2O Hydration Station. Online: hurley.com/h2o
we do to change this? Hurley H2O is designed to raise awareness, generate involvement, and show the power each one of us have to combat water scarcity. During the Australian Open of Surfing weâ€™re taking a stand and eliminating all single-use plastic bottles for the week. Visitors can buy or bring their own reusable water bottles as an alternative to single-use plastics, receive free water at our H2O hydration stations, and learn about how we can get clean drinking water to those who need it. All net profits will be contributed to our friends at Waves For Water to buy water filters for people around the world in need. Each filter costs only $50 but has the capacity to help 100 people receive access to water for five years.
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* THIS GUIDE IS CORRECT AT TIME OF PRINTING