Surfing Australia, is set to host a new women’s surf festival called “Seas the Day” on June 17th and 18th at Kingscliff Beach. The festival aims to provide a pressure-free competition environment for female surfers of all skill levels while encouraging them to share their passion for the ocean and the surf industry.
The festival includes a tag team surf competition with three surfers per team in the Open Women Shortboard, Open Junior Shortboard, and Open Women Longboard divisions. In addition, there will be live music, food trucks, and three festival hubs centred around the topics of wellness, environment, and industry (careers and arts).
Some of the notable talent attending the event includes Belinda Baggs with Surfers For Climate, Lauren Hill, 7-time world champion Layne Beachley, CEOs like Brooke Farris, and more. The festival is open to any female surfer, regardless of skill level, in both shortboard and longboard divisions.
The festival program includes keynote talks on sustainability and careers, as well as workshops that incorporate yoga, meditation, breathwork, and more. Women from across the industry will be joining the festival to share their knowledge and inspire others.
According to Chris Mater, Surfing Australia CEO, “We are proud to launch ‘Seas the Day’, a celebration of the amazing women who make up the surfing community. This festival is not only about competition, but also about providing a platform for women to come together and share their passion for the ocean and the surf industry.”
As a long-time member of the surfing community, Layne Beachley, 7-time World Champion & Surfing Australia Chair, believes that events like “Seas the Day” are crucial for inspiring the next generation of female surfers and empowering them to pursue their dreams in surfing and beyond. “This festival provides a space for women of all skill levels to come together and celebrate their love for the sport, while also empowering them to pursue their goals in a welcoming and supportive environment,” she said.
Kate Wilcomes, High-Performance Director, also commends the festival for providing a supportive and inclusive space for female surfers of all skill levels. “It’s important that we create environments where female athletes can thrive and inspire one another, and ‘Seas the Day’ is a critical step in that direction,” she said.
Surfing Australia hopes that “Seas the Day” will inspire more women to participate in surfing and see the sport as an inclusive and empowering activity. The festival provides an excellent opportunity for media coverage, and the organisation encourages those interested in covering the festival to take advantage of the available media opportunities and editorials.
Seas the Day is a fantastic initiative by Surfing Australia to promote female participation in surfing while creating a supportive and inclusive environment for female surfers of all skill levels. The festival’s unique blend of competition, workshops, and keynote talks makes it an event that celebrates and empowers women within the surfing community.