With the Australian Open of Surfing well under way on the Beach, there’s no doubt the vibe in Manly is sizzling.

Manly is now fuller than ever, overflowing with beautiful people. There’s no denying it was pretty full before the Surf Open, but now it looks like we’re hanging out in an Abercrombie and Fitch store.

And, let’s take a moment to be thankful for the quick change in weather from rain to sunshine, because now they’re all wearing a lot less. Oh yes, and it’s made watching the outdoor action a lot more enjoyable.

If like me, you don’t know your rad move, from your gnarly wave, this post might just be for you. Check out our guide below of who’s who at the Australian Open of Surfing.

The One You Hope to Bump Into

Julian Wilson – This 28 year old Aussie, like everyone in this competition is pretty good at surfing. But, what makes him stand out from the crowd is that he’s also a really great guy.

In June 2015 he was in the media for paddling straight towards fellow surfer, and competitor, Mick Fanning while he was being attacked by a great white shark in the final round of a competition in South Africa. Let’s hope he’s around next time we take a dip in the deep blue sea!

Julian Wilson
The One to Watch

Tyler Wright – The 22 year old, Australian was the 2016 World Surfing Champion and is the official face of this years Australian Open of Surfing. If you want to look like you know your stuff, drop her name and you’ll be laughing.

Tyler Wright
The One to Learn From

Felicity Palmateer – There’s no denying it, The Australian Open of Surfing is ‘cool’ and hanging out on Manly Beach is the best way to experience this awesome Australian lifestyle festival.

So, if you want to absorb some of this ‘cool’ and take it with you, there’s only one lady to look towards. Big wave surfer Felicity is not only an incredible surfer, a beautiful model, she is also an inspirational artist.

Felicity Palmateer