Big names in town for Surf Fest

Surf Fest 2011

Jordy Brown with two of the winners at Surf Fest, Grayme Galbraith and Raymond McIntosh.

Competitors awoke to glassy two foot waves on Saturday for the sixth annual Surf Fest, organised by students from the SEDA program and Surf World Museum Torquay, and supported by Quiksilver.

The unique community surfing event saw teams of three take out long boards, retro twin and singlefins and short boards for heats at Jan Juc beach, before the wind turned and made conditions tricky for the finals.

John Foss of Surf World said there were some fantastic surfboards being dragged out of the back of cars at the contest including two Mark Richard’s surfboards from the seventies. Competitors also got the rare chance to chat with MR, Simon Anderson and Martin Potter who attended the event on behalf of the Quiksilver Foundation.

“The arrival of surfing greats and former world champions was definitely one of the highlights,” Mr Foss said.

Local former world tour surfers Troy Brooks and Lincoln Eather also entered a team, but taking it out this year was Christian Rugulskyj, Grayme Galbraith and Raymond McIntosh.

Founder of Surf Fest Stui Hawken from SEDA said he hoped to keep the partnership with Quiksilver going and for the event to keep growing.

“It’s just great to get people in the community together, it’s not just for locals,” Mr Hawken said.

“I hope the students learnt a bit today, and Surf Fest will be back bigger and better in 2012.”

All funds raised at Surf Fest this year went towards the Quiksilver foundation that supports environmental, social and youth programs.