The bcu Australian Surf Festival saw some explosive performances from the elder shortboard divisions (aged Over-35) as they duked it out in solid four foot waves, in attempt to book themselves a spot into tomorrow’s final rounds. 

Cameron Sharpe (Shelly Beach, NSW) used his solid backhand repertoire to his advantage in the quarterfinals of the Over-35 Men, when he executed a combination of powerful snaps and carves to post an impressive 9.25 scoring wave (out of a possible ten points). Sharpe’s solid performance left his fellow heat surfers chasing near-perfect scores to snatch his lead away, which never came to fruition. Cameron will now face David McGrath (Labrador, Qld), Mark Richardson (Palm Beach, Qld) and Tim Birnie (Jan Juc, Vic) in tomorrow’s semi finals.

Other Over-35 Mens quarterfinal champions included: Tim Birnie (Jan Juc, Vic), Daniel Haggerty (North Entrance, NSW) and Jake Spooner (Bulli, NSW). All aforementioned surfers have booked themselves a spot into the semi-finals.

2015 bcu Australian Surf Festival standout Mark Richardson (Palm Beach, Qld) continued to build momentum through the event as he booked himself a semi-final berth in the Over-35 and Over-40 Mens division. The Gold Coast goofy-footer linked together a handful of forehand and backhand turns to post two respective heat totals in excess of 11.50 points (out of a possible 20 points)

Paul Parkes (Merewether, NSW) showed the same prowess he showed back in 2013 when he won the Over-35 Mens Australian Title, posting the only perfect ten-point ride of the event. The Novocastrian surfboard shaper unleashed a barrage of mammoth forehand turns as well as a technical tube ride to notch up the perfect score and edge closer to the Over-40 Mens final. As a result of the turns, Parkes took out the bcu money turn and was awarded the $100 bank account courtesy of bcu.

Other Over-40 Mens heat winners included: Glenn Pringle (Cronulla, NSW) and Damien Healy (Broadbeach, Qld).

Glenn Pringle (Cronulla, NSW), Glen Valaire (Swansea, NSW), Murray Jacobs (Swanbourne, WA) and Matt Hucker (Long Jetty, NSW) were all victorious in their Over-45 Men quarterfinal battles posting impressive wins and cementing their spot in the semi-finals.

bcu will be providing a $100 bank account for the #bcumoneyturn, which will be awarded daily to the surfer who executes the biggest turn as determined by the head judge.

More than 500 surfers from around Australia will contest the surfing showpiece from July 31- August 17 with National titles to be decided in Open Surfmasters, Longboard, Logger and Bodyboard divisions.

A hotline - 0458 247 212 - will be operating for the festival which will feature a recorded message updated at 6:45am each morning with the confirmed daily schedule and contest venue. Full details, the latest news, videos and galleries can be found at

2015 bcu Australian Surf Festival – Coffs Harbour, NSW, July 31-August 17:
- Opening Ceremony – July 31
- Australian Surfmasters Titles – August 1-5
- Australian Longboard Titles – August 5-13
- Australian Logger Titles – August 6-9
- Australian Bodyboard Titles – August 13-17

The 2015 bcu Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event is also proudly supported by bcu, Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Coast Tourism, The Hoey Moey, Nikon, Toyota, Pacific Longboarder, NBN, Australian Institute of Sport,, Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW.