Homegrown talent shine at Surf Open

Friday March 3, 2017 by  

In pristine conditions at Manly Beach, Julian Wilson, Tyler Wright and Sally Fitzgibbons turned in masterclass performances at Day 7 of the Australian Open of Surfing (AOS).

All three big guns dominated their heats to book themselves places in the final weekend of competition.

The top seeds of the Girls Make Your Move Women’s Pro and Men’s Comp didn’t disappoint, with Wilson moving through to Round 4, along with Aussie pros Mikey Wright (Culburra), Mitch Crews (Gold Coast), Adam Melling (Lennox Head), Ryan Callinan (Newcastle) and defending AOS champion Dion Atkinson (Adelaide). Read more

Big guns of Surf storm Manly

Wednesday March 1, 2017 by  

The sun brought out the best in surfing today as the big guns hit the waves for the first time for day five of the 2017 Australian Open of Surfing (AOS) at iconic Manly Beach.

Top seeded Men’s Pro Julian Wilson surfed a perfect 10 with electrifying aerial moves, while Aussie CT pros dominated in the water throughout Round 3 of the Girls Make Your Move Women’s Pro.

In stormy three-foot peaks, Aussie women notched the highest scores in 7 out of 12 heats, with local favourites moving through including world champ Tyler Wright (2016 WCT 1), Sally Fitzgibbons (2016 WCT 8), Nikki Van Dijk (2016 WCT 11), Keely Andrew (2016 WCT 14), Bronte Macaulay (2016 WCT 17). Read more

Sun outshines rain at Manly

Tuesday February 28, 2017 by  

The elements didn’t slow the action for day four of the Australian Open of Surfing (AOS) at iconic Manly Beach.

Today saw Round 1 (heats 4 – 24) of the Men’s Division run with women’s world champion Tyler Wright’s younger brother Mikey Wright hit the waves for the first time in a bid to emulate his sister’s success.

After sitting on the competitive bench for a chunk of the last eight months due to an ankle injury, Wright got his AOS campaign off to a flying start, posting two near-excellent scores in the 7.50 range. Read more

The Countdown to Manly beach is on

Monday January 30, 2017 by  

World-class surfing competitions, premier actions sports, live Australian music concerts, nautical beach club pop-ups, art and photo installations and handcrafted local brews, are just some of the seaside offerings that will hit iconic Manly Beach when the 2017 Australian Open of Surfing (AOS) kicks off from February 25 to March 5.

The nine-day, free beach festival will attract world-class surfers – including newly crowned women’s world #1 Tyler Wright – to the birthplace of Australian surfing, in addition to more than 325,000 beach-lovers of all ages from across the world.

Out of the surf, a new partnership with Vans will bring premier skate and BMX competitions to the event, with AOS 2017 hosting the first stop of the 2017 Vans Park Series (VPS) World Championships, the official VPS Oceania Championships for men and women, and the seasonal kick off to the Vans BMX Pro Cup inaugural series. Read more

Australia’s biggest soft sand challenge is done & dusted!

Sunday November 29, 2015 by  

Red Bull Dune Dusters charged the Stockton sand dunes from 10.30am this morning (Sunday November 29), with hundreds of footprints already disappearing into the soft sands as competitors crossed the finishing line in a challenge that was anything but soft.

A field of more than 130 runners charged the slipping sand and Sahara-like heat of the dunes behind Stockton Beach for the second annual Dune Dusters – a soft sand race like no other.

Australia’s most gruelling soft sand challenge returned to the picturesque Stockton dunes, giving fitness fanatics a serious workout. Definitely no ‘fun run’ the Red Bull Dune Dusters event has garnered a reputation as an extreme challenge test of endurance for participants. Read more

Red Bull Dune Dusters

Friday November 6, 2015 by  

Australia’s most gruelling soft sand challenge is back, with Newcastle’s iconic Stockton beach sand dunes set for a serious work out on Sunday November 29, 2015 for the second annual Red Bull Dune Dusters race.

Action from the 2014 Red Bull Dune Dusters – Australia’s most gruelling soft sand challenge.
Photo courtesy of Cardinal Spin

Fitness fanatics will once again challenge themselves as they slog it out on the picturesque but brutal Stockton dunes – a location so hard to traverse it is usually accessed via 4WD or quad bike.

Hundreds of toned bodies will hit the dunes for the high-intensity soft sand running race, kicking off at 10.30am on the last Sunday of this month.

Just two hours North of Sydney, The Red Bull Dune Dusters race is set over 10kms of gruelling sand dunes with a backdrop of wide open skies, remote bush and a stunning ocean vista. The final killer a leg burning hill up to the finishing line. Read more

Atkinson announces return to ITU World Triathlon

Thursday January 15, 2015 by  

Dual Olympian and world champion triathlete Courtney Atkinson is tackling the New Year head on with a move back to full-time International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon that will see him compete for the World Champion title against iconic backdrops like the Opera House in Sydney, Mission Beach in San Diego and Buckingham Palace in London.

Courtney’s decision comes just 12 months after his successful maiden endurance debut at the 226km Melbourne Ironman, which he says coincidentally reignited his passion for sprint racing after a year of stripping himself of muscle and speed in an effort to increase his endurance.

“As satisfying as it was to get through it in a pretty decent time for my first go, I missed going fast,” Atkinson said of the ironman. Read more