Articles tagged with "newcastle"

Audio: Don talks surfers and sharks with ABC radio’s Garth Russell

Posted by: on March 3rd, 2009

podcastYour webmaster had a chat about matters surfing and sharks with Garth Russell, Newcastle ABC radio’s drive time announcer.  If there were good waves, would you paddle out even if it looked sharky? (3 March 2009)

Don talks sharks and surfers with Newcastle 1233 ABC  radio’s Garth Russell

link: 1233 ABC radio

NEWCASTLE – Surf Movie – Good Herald Sun Article

Posted by: on November 7th, 2008

Hey Everyone, Newcastle, the latest surf flick to hit the big screens, and there are precious few, is now in theatres. Here’s a link to a Herald Sun article that tells you all about it:

Newcastle looks at angst among the waves.


Wild Surf Co. Mattara – Surfing; 13 – 14 September 2008; Newcastle, NSW; Australia.

Posted by: on September 9th, 2008

Ty Watson (Currarong, NSW) has a had a stellar 2008  thus far after a string of impressive performances on the Hurley NSW Championship Circuit. photo: Michael Tyrpenou/Surfing NSW

Ty Watson (Currarong, NSW) has a had a stellar 2008 thus far after a string of impressive performances on the Hurley NSW Championship Circuit. photo: Michael Tyrpenou/Surfing NSW

All steam ahead for Wild Surf Co. Mattara this weekend

Maroubra Beach, NSW — One of Australia’s longest running, and most prestigious, surfing events is back, as the Wild Surf Co. Mattara gears up for another great year.
As the fourth leg on the prestigious Hurley NSW Championship Circuit, the Wild Surf Co Mattara will once again see the state’s best Open, and junior men battling it out for precious ratings points and a $3500 prize purse.
Having already seen epic conditions and mind-blowing performances in the previous three Hurley NSW Championship Circuit events, anticipation is high leading into the Wild Surf Co. Mattara at Newcastle.
Dan Frodsham, president of Surfing Newcastle, was quick to point out the prestige surrounding the event, being one of the longest running surfing contests in the country.
“The Wild Surf Co. Mattara is one of the longest running surfing contests in Australia,” he said.
“It’s up there with Bells (Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach) for the duration of time it’s been running.”
So long has the Wild Surf Co. Mattara been running that even Frodsham was unable to put a number on the event.
“We (Surfing Newcastle) had a meeting last night and that question came up,” he said.
“I guess it’s been going long enough that no one really knows when it started,” Frodsham admitted. 
Featuring a new naming rights sponsor with local surf shop Wild Surf Co. coming on board, this years event is promising to be a great spectacle.
“We are really stoked with support of Wild Surf Co. who have been instrumental in getting this event off the ground in 2008,” Frodsham said.
“Hopefully this relationship can grow into a great partnership.”
Having seen the likes of Mark Richards, Nicky Wood and Wayne Lynch claim the prestigious Wild Surf Co. Mattara crown, the event has become an iconic part of the Newcastle social and sporting landscape.
“This event has been so good for the local community over the years,” Frodsham added.
“Some of the best Newcastle surfing talents have cut their teeth at the Mattara and hopefully this year will be no different.”
“It gives the people of Newcastle the opportunity to see some of the best surfers in the country competing on their doorstep.”
With a strong local contingent heading up the charge highlighted by Duncan McNicol (Caves Beach, NSW) and Ryan Callinan (Merewether, NSW), there will be some great athletes on show with reigning champion Nick Squires back to defend his title.
Hurley NSW Championship Circuit 2008 Schedule:
Saltwater Wine Surf Classic
, 10-11 May 2008 at Old Bar
Dripping Wet Pro, 23-25 May 2008 at Freshwater Beach
Triple Bull Pro, 31 May-1 June 2008 at Cronulla
Wild Surf Co. Mattara, 13-14 September 2008 at Newcastle
Zink Surf South Coast Open, 11-12 October 2008 at Werri Beach
Slimes Surf Classic, 1-2 November 2008 at Avoca


Posted by: on August 18th, 2008


Newcastle Podium

Newcastle Podium



Merewether surfer Wes Bainbridge is the winner of the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters regional qualifying event in Newcastle. The popular local surfer was a crowd favourite all day and continued his commanding form in the final with some critical lip bashes and a series of swooping roundhouse cutbacks.

Bainbridge defeated one of his good mates, Merewether’s Jesse Adam who also surfed amazingly in the tightly contested final. “I surf against Jesse all the time so it was great to come up against him today in the final. I think local knowledge helped us out there today. We knew where to sit and which waves to pick. It’s been a big day. I’m tired but really stoked with the result.”

At just 16 years old, Bainbridge showed spectators today he can surf well beyond his years.”This is the best contest win I’ve had in ages,” he said. “It’s been such a great event and I’m frothing to go to Sydney to see if I can make it through to the Final.”


Wes Bainbridge

Wes Bainbridge



The surf conditions maintained great form throughout the day and the surfing was spectacular. Avoca’s Dane Atcheson finished third in the final and Sam Lendrum came fourth.     

All four finalists will go through to the next stage of the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters at Queenscliff (Aug 29-31). They will compete against the best four surfers from the other regional qualifying events (20 surfers in total). The top four surfers from that battle will then face a field of the best 16 Pro Juniors in Australia, handpicked by current ASP World Champion, Mick Fanning. 

Head Judge, Steve Evans said the standard of surfing was exceptional across the field today. “When you get great waves like we had today, it lifts everyone’s standard and makes it a much more exciting day for everyone involved,” said Evans.

Evans has been judging junior surfing for over twenty years and has seen a number of young Newcastle surfers go on to become international surf stars (including Matt Hoy and Luke Egan). “There are at least 12 surfers here today who are capable of making a fulltime career out of surfing,” he said. “Red Bull Junior Surf Masters is a great motivator because it shows the kids what level they need to reach to achieve their goals and the type of treatment you can expect at major contests. I hope it becomes an annual event!”  

Contest Director, Matt Wilson explained the concept behind Red Bull’s innovative Junior Surf Masters: “The idea is to encourage junior surfing at a grass roots level and to help aspiring professional surfers launch a career in the sport. At the final we will be launching a new contest format called ‘Torched’ which offers an exciting new approach to contest surfing.”

The remaining qualifying events for Red Bull Junior Surf Masters will be held at Sydney’s Avalon and Cronulla Beaches on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August, respectively.

About Red Bull Junior Surf Masters

Red Bull Junior Surf Masters, is a first time event being held in NSW this July and August giving young surfers an amazing opportunity to go head-to-head with Australia’s best Pro Junior surfers. The first prize is the biggest ever awarded for a junior surf event in Australia and is designed to help up-and-coming surfers launch their pro career into the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and beyond.

To apply all young surfers have to do is head to, follow the links to Red Bull Junior Surf Masters, and download an application form for the qualifying events. Applications cost $30, with all proceeds going to SNSW Surfing Development.