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The Burton Toyota Pro will play host to 144 of the world’s best surfers for the 28th time, making it one of the longest running surf events in Australia. In 2013 the Burton Toyota Pro Men’s will be an ASP 6 star rated event with prize money of US$155,000. The Round of 144 will commence on Monday 18th February. The winner will be decided on Sunday the 24th February on Merewether Beach, the home beach of Surfest patron Mark Richards.
The Burton Toyota Pro is an event rich in history. The Honour Roll features the names on many world champions such as Tom Carroll, Barton Lynch, Damien Hardman and Mark Occhilupo, Kelly Slater and Tom Curren.
Kim Burton of Burton Toyota said, “The relationship with Surfest can be attributed to a love of surfing and a commitment to both the grassroots of the sport and watching the world’s best surfers ripping up the waves in the Hunter Region.”
Dane Jordan ASP Australasia’s General Manager is thrilled to have this historic event offering local and international surfers the chance to compete for such a prestigious Mark Richards trophy.
Dane said, “The MR trophy is one of the most sought after on the Australian leg of the ASP World Tour. This is going to be a great event, with up-and-coming surfers from Newcastle, Australasia and throughout the globe getting the chance to compete alongside elite ASP World Championship Tour surfers.
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.