Do you like surfing?  Do you ADORE surfing?  Stay tuned because we have some news for you!  Excellent news for all the people who like surfing: the Australian Open of Surfing will be held in Manly for at least the next three years!  September, 24th was special for people in Manly (local community, backpackers, international students, etc).  Great surprise for the community in Manly: Premier Mike Baird had yesterday a press conference at the Sebel Hotel in Manly.  He was not alone.  The premier was joined by former World Champions Damien Hardman (L) and Mark ‘Occy’ Occhilupo and Australian Junior Champion Isabella Nichols.  They announced the return of the Australian Open of Surfing for 2016.

Mr Baird said he was proud to see the event had been secured at Manly for the next three years: “It is fantastic for this community.  Everyone knows on the northern beaches that this is an event that brings the community together.  The northern beaches really come alive when this event is on and it’s a great opportunity for tourists to visit the best beach in the world and experience Australian surf culture.”

Manly is one of the world’s five surfing reserves.  By the way, did you know that Manly is named the city of surfing?  When it comes to surfing, Manly has a fabulous history.  Not too many people know that the first known body-surfing contest took place at the Manly Surf Club carnival in 1908. More than 107 years ago!   It is great to know that Manly hosted also the first ever Surfing World Titles in 1964.  Moreover, Manly was also home to 7x world surfing champion Layne Beachley!

See you all in Manly February 27 – March 6 for the Australian Open of Surfing!  The free nine-day event brings ­together a collection of ­surfing, skating and music entertainment.  134 days till the Australian Open of Surfing!  Therefore, hurry up and book accommodation at a Manly hostel!  The main idea is that hostels represent a great alternative to staying at a hotel.  The truth is that hostels provide a more friendly and relaxed atmosphere.  Needless to say, hostels are cheaper than hotels.  So, even if you look for budget accommodation Sydney, the best option you have is to stay at a Manly hostel.  Keep in mind that you can go from Sydney to Manly and vice versa by fast ferry (approximately 15 minutes).


Photo source: facebook Australian Open of Surfing