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Make Waves for Manly’s Festival of Surfing – 5-8 Nov 2009

Posted on September 17th, 2009 in Contests, For the Diary, Local Colour, News Stories, Site News, Surf culture, Surf News, Top stories.

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Manly NSW — This November, join legends of the surf and local enthusiasts for one massive celebration of Australian culture. Presented by Global Surf Industries, with thanks to Manly Council, the Manly Festival of Surfing is hitting shores from November 5 to 8, 2009. And Don and Shari from RealSurf will be there too!

 As the Global Surf Industries mantra goes, “life is better when you surf”, so what better way to put this motto into action and celebrate our national pastime than by staging a huge four day, action-packed event in Australia’s spiritual birthplace of surfing – and one of the most beautiful spots in the world – Manly.

In what they hope to be the biggest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, Manly extends an open invitation to all Australians to a non-stop mix of not only board-riding itself, but of music, fashion, art, film and literature too.

Best bit? It’s an event for everyone. Following a paddle-out ceremony for one and all to kick things off, there’ll be loads (and loads) of awesome stuff to do. Daily surf lessons will be a must-do, plus you can take in a surf documentary at Manly Cinema, chow down at a first-class dinner with some of our true surfing legends with the likes of Tom Carroll, Layne Beachley and Damien Hardman or stick around until dark for night surfing demos.

To soak up even more of Manly’s surf history spanning almost a century, the Manly Surf Club and The Manly Art Gallery will be open for all to view during the festival period. If you’re looking to take a small piece of this incredible surf festival home, 30 surfboard artworks from various local artists have been created and scattered throughout Manly’s shop fronts, which will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Disabled Surfers Association and Surf Aid International.

The public will also have the opportunity to test all of the latest and greatest board models available from extremely popular 7s Fishes through to the wild and wonderful Meyerhoffer longboard designs, courtesy of major surfboard distributors including Manly’s very own –Global Surf Industries.

If you haven’t  caught the super contagious surfing bug after all of that, grab a ticket, kick back and soak up the atmosphere of the 1970’s film classic Morning Of The Earth. This visual masterpiece will be played as the backdrop to the live performance of the original soundtrack, which will be played live by the original writers and performers Brian Cadd and Tim Gaze.

Grab your board (and your festival spirit) and join celebrities Wayne Gardner, Bob McTavish and a host of surfing experts to watch a community come together for the inaugural Manly Festival of Surfing. ‘Cos surfing isn’t just a sport – it’s a way of life!


For more information, log onto

For media enquiries please call Luke Dean-Weymark at Use My Mind on 02 8399 0411 or 0412 062 200.

For event enquires please call Meegan Clancy on 0409 977 282.

Server outage: forums, etc

Posted on July 18th, 2009 in Site News.

Issue fixed by daybreak Sunday.

As of 2200 Sat night 18 July our forums, and my own blog (among other sites) are off the air because of a technical issue with the hosting service we use. No ETA, but they have millions of customers baying for their blood, so I guess they’ll get things live again asap.

RealSurf’s Free surfin’ classifieds are back

Posted on March 16th, 2009 in Site News, Top stories.
Free classifieds for Real Surfers!

RealSurf Classifieds: free classifieds for Real Surfers!

We want your surf gear ads so that we can run them for free*

Yes, the RealSurf  classifieds are back – and we’re looking for your surf gear ads!

The way it works is dead simple: you register, you post, you’re done.

If you have pictures, all the better.

(The new system will accept pics that are up to 1000 pixels on a side.)

Ads will run for 30 days before being automagically deleted from the system. Of course you should delete your ad as soon as you’ve sold your gear, otherwise keen buyers will keep sending you messages!

*All ads are free, but if you are a business advertising your products and services, we would appreciate your taking the modestly priced featured-ad option. Naturally, we also welcome any contributions you may feel are warranted for the service!

To check out the new classifieds home page, go here.

To go straight to the sign-in form (just your name and a working email addy), go here.

To read the classifieds FAQ, go here.

Protected: How to post a report on RealSurf

Posted on March 9th, 2009 in Site News.

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Posted on March 8th, 2009 in Site News.

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Posted on March 5th, 2009 in Site News.

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Video: North Steyne firing 18/2

Posted on February 22nd, 2009 in Site News, Top stories, Video.

Going off on Weds morning 18/2/2009

Going off on Weds morning 18/2/2009

Hi all,

I’ve just posted a short video made up from some footage I shot Wednesday morning at Manly when it was, well, rather good…

Check it out on by clicking here.


Posted on December 5th, 2008 in News Stories, Shari's wanderings, Site News, Surf News, Top stories.

Hi Everyone,

We were all looking forward to a fun morning at Dee Why beach this Saturday, trying out a swack of new boards. But, alas, Huey has ixnayed the party. Ain’t much of a point in having a demo day when there are NO waves.

Keep your eyes on RealSurf Top Stories or subscribe to my reports. We’ll announce a new date on the Monday before, when we are as sure as you can be about waves.

Have a great weekend everyone. And apologies if this stuffs up your plans. I know I wanted a wave this weekend. 🙁


RealSurf Demo Day #1 CANCELLED

Posted on December 1st, 2008 in At large, News Stories, Site News, Surf News.

Sorry, but due to a forecast for utter and complete flatness, we decided to pull the plug on this date and to start working on a new one instead. -Don

Have you been wanting to try a 7S Superfish? Here’s your chance – this Saturday, 6 Dec, on the Dee Why-Long Reef stretch – from 8am – noon. RealSurf is will be hosting our first surfboard demo and test drive day – and it’s free. This first is in conjunction with Global Surf Industries. They will bring 50 different boards from their 11 brands. Some traditional, some funky. So come on down. Don and I will be there too.


Disabled Surfers – Culburra Sat 9th Nov 9:30am

Posted on November 6th, 2008 in Good causes, News Stories, Site News, South Coast, Top stories.

If you’re able, or not, you’ll be welcome. 9am for a 9:30 start, come and help put smiles on dials.

North Culburra – Ocean Street should be pretty close to the action.

More info on the dsa website.