The Australian Open of Surfing – The Unofficial Guide

The Australian Open of Surfing isn’t just a celebration of surfing, it’s a celebration of Manly and all the things that make it great. The beautiful beach, the awesome surf and don’t forget the night life.

Oh, and did we mention – some very attractive people in swimwear!

From 25 February to 5 March, Manly swells with the world legends of surfing and skating, and it’s not to be missed.

Even if you’re more of a spectator when it comes to the outdoor activity, the Australian Open of Surfing is for you – we promise you won’t have to lift a finger.

Check out our guide below for getting the most out of this awesome event, and the best part is the whole event is entirely free.

    1. The Beach – Let’s start with the most obvious place, this is where the action’s at.
      And, if you were ever waiting for the perfect time to flaunt your body on the beach, this is most definitely it. Get down to Manly beach you will be in great company. Sit back on the soft white sand, relax and enjoy the view, there will be plenty to watch even between heats.  The vibe will be awesome and with the action starting from 7.30am on Saturday 25 and running every day until 4pm, there’s no excuse not to get down there.
    2. The skate Bowl – The queue speaks for it’s self.
      Regardless of your interest in this sport, it’s well worth a peek. There is some incredible talent here and you won’t get many chances in your life to get this close to the action – imagine the Instigram opportunities – #rad #sick.
      The Skate Bowl kicks off on Monday 27 and runs every day from 1pm – 7pm – I challenge you not to be impressed.
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    3. The Food 
      So the food stalls here are pretty good. Just take a stroll down to the beach and you’ll find an awesome selection of tasty treats lining the pavement, all provided by Manlys finest.
    4. The Music
      If watching world class surfers and skaters, on one of the most stunning beaches for free, while surrounded by beautiful people, isn’t quite enough for you – there’s more.
      On Friday 4 and Saturday 5 March there’s a free concert on the beach too. Join the likes of Hermitude and The Jezabels and celebrate as the Surf Open comes to a close.
    5. The After Party
      Now, there’s no one official after party for the Australian Open of Surfing, but get yourself down to the Steyne on any of the evenings during this awesome couple of weeks and you won’t be disappointed. Nights out in Manly never looked so good!

To find out more, check out the official Australian Open of Surfing website here.