Newcastle, NSW, Australia, Sunday 20th January 2013.
ANNA BAY local Chris Michalak demonstrated the importance of local knowledge today to win the final of the Port Stephens Toyota trials.
Michalak racked up an impressive score of 19.5 out of a possible 20 to secure a place in next month’s ASP 6-Star Burton Toyota Pro round of 144.
Surfers from Hawks Nest in the north to Catherine Hill Bay in the south competed in difficult surf conditions for a wild card place in the Burton Toyota Pro commencing February 18 at Merewether Beach.
The waves on offer were around 1 to 1.5 metres with a strong south-easterly wind making wave selection crucial. Conditions did improve with the lower tide resulting in some spectacular aerial surfing.
Pro junior surfers aged 20-years-and-under competed for wildcard entry into Burton Toyota Pro Junior round of 64.
Surfers in the under-14 and under-16 divisions competed for the number one seed in the Sanbah Cadet Cup to be held from 15-17 February.
Female surfers competed for a wild card into the round of 48 of the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic at Merewether Beach 18-24 February.
1st Chris Michalak (Anna Bay)
2nd Jesse Adam (Merewether)
3rd Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach)
4th James McMoreland (Caves Beach).
1st Sara Phelan (Merewether)
2nd Ruby Bortoulos (Merewether).
1st James McMoreland (Caves Beach)
2nd Kurtis Herman (Anna Bay)
3rd Luke Hamilton (Merewether)
4th Zane Clifford (Anna Bay).
1st Zane Clifford (Anna Bay)
2nd Luis Stackhouse (Merewether)
3rd Noah Hamilton (Bar Beach).
1st. Lucas Hill (Anna Bay)
2nd Jackson Mcguire (Anna Bay)
3rd Max McGaw (Anna Bay)
4th Zenan Robinson (Anna Bay).
About the 2013 Surfest Newcastle Australia
The 2013 Surfest Newcastle Australia features the Burton Toyota Pro (Men’s ASP 6-Star) and the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic (Women’s ASP 6-Star), along with eight supporting events. The event is made possible with the support of Burton Toyota, the Hunter Sports Sports Group, Newcastle City Council and the NSW Government through Destination NSW. Surfest Newcastle Australia is conducted over 12 days from February 13-24 at Merewether beach, a recognised Australian National Surfing Reserve. Merewether is home to festival patron and Australia’s most accomplished men’s world professional surfing champion, four-time world champion Mark Richards (1979-82) and presents the winner a trophy in his likeness. 2013 marks the festival’s 28th year and with over 800 national and international competitors, Surfest Newcastle Australia is the largest festival of surfing in the southern hemisphere. Get up-to-the minute updates, photos and interviews, as well as the program of events at surfest.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.