Event hosts indigenous ceremony, car show and more
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 February, 2018 - Not all the action is in the water at this year’s Australian Longboard Open at Kingscliff Beach from February 28-March 4. In fact, while some of the best Longboard professionals in the world, most experienced surfers in Australia and young first-time competitors take on the Kingscliff break there will be plenty for spectators to enjoy back on shore. The weekend is expected to be particularly exciting according to event organizer Sean McKeown.
“While there will be great action in the waves including lots of local surfers and the current world title holders, the Open has never just been about the surfing,” McKeown said.
“It is all about the surf culture, the comradery, the family atmosphere.”
He said to that end a strong indigenous element had been added to the open for 2018 with JURAKI the Indigenous Not-For-Profit community entity committed to creating, supporting and partnering in community activities, programs and (sporting) events that give Indigenous similar yet culturally-sensitive opportunities to main-stream has come on-board. They will be involved throughout the five-day event as well as performing opening and closing ceremonies.
JURAKI will add to the atmosphere along with the ever-popular surf vehicle and old board displays and the brand-new Buskers program.
“There really will be something for everyone,” McKeown said. “We are working in conjunction with the Kingscliff Night Market this year and that event will be held on Friday night after Fluro wave and other major highlights.”
The board display and buskers will fill the park on Saturday. “We hope to have a full program of varied performers across the two days from break dancers to duos,” he said. “And of course, the Old board display is always a highlight, with plenty colourful, historical and interesting boards to see.”
The board display, like the buskers, will feature both days of the weekend while the other popular draw card, the Surf and Classic Vehicle Show and Shine takes centre stage on Sunday morning. More than 40 cars from across South East Queensland and Northern NSW will take part in the event arriving on site at 8.30am with judging throughout the morning and a presentation from noon.
“We have had such a great response this year,” Show and Shine coordinator David Sunter said. “Vehicle owners love to show off their cars and we are expecting to have an amazing variety of vehicles on display throughout the morning. “Expect to see Woody Wagons, VW Beetles, Kombi Vans, Chevys Beach Buggies, Pontiacs, old Holdens and more.”