The Hurley Australian Open of Surfing 2015 festival is a celebration of sports and youth culture to be held at Sydney’s iconic Manly Beach, the birthplace of modern surfing. The Australian Open of Surfing is actually an extension of the US Open of Surfing. The billing includes not just surfing action but elite skateboarding, and a fabulous musical lineup with headlining international acts.
The free event runs from February 7-15, 2015 and will draw more than 125,000 spectators to celebrate the action. Surfing underpins the entire festival, while skateboarding is on February 11-15. Concerts will be held over the weekend – February 13-15. In addition there will be an on site expo and retail store.
The focus will be squarely on up and coming surfing talent, with some of the youngest competitors ever. Last year’s wildcard Kai Hing will return in the Junior division as well as in the Open, and local Cooper Chapman will also make a return appearance. With more than 10 surf shops, Manly is a great place to pick up any beach gear you’ve been needing. Aside from the festival, you might make time for beach volleyball, kayaking and even diving.
Manly Beach is a half an hour drive from the city with your Sydney car hire. Taking the A8 from the city to Kenneth Rd is the fastest route. Manly is also highly accessible by public transport – the famous Manly ferries are an iconic experience for visitors, with the spectacular harbour journey taking just 30 minutes.
If you are visiting Sydney for the Surfing Open 2015, the good news is that Sydney has no shortage of accommodation options, with thousands of hotels in the city. For a different experience of the city during the Surfing Open 2015, you might opt to stay in Manly itself. There are hotels, motels, and apartment style accommodation in Manly. The Northern Beaches region is truly stunning and at its best in summer. Manly Oceanside Accommodation is right on the shore, as is the Sebel Manly Beach Hotel. There is also a Novotel and an Astra hotel in Manly. Manly Paradise Beachfront enjoys a rooftop pool,while the Steyne Hotel is housed in an historic pub.