States best surfers set to return to the South Coast

Shredding: Last years Open Mens Shortboard competition winner Alex Rix shows the camera what he's made of.
Shredding: Last years Open Mens Shortboard competition winner Alex Rix shows the camera what he's made of.

Surfing SA has announced the return of the Southern Surf Festival, a three-day celebration of South Australian surfing and surf competitions.

Due to be held over April 26 - 28 at Middleton Point, on the south coast; the event will attract surfers from around the state.

After a successful inaugural festival in 2018, this year's event is returning and will feature over 200 competitors vying for State Champion status in shortboard, longboard and kneeboard surfing.

Supported by the Alexandrina Council, there will be a host of family friendly activities each day, from board swaps to skateboarding demos. The Southern Surf Festival is expected to once again attract thousands of visitors to the famed South Coast surf mecca.

James Bryant, Festival Director said this event is more than a surf competition - it is a true celebration of surfing in South Australia and its unique, inclusive culture.

"The organising group are absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of time, effort and enthusiasm we've received from the community.

"From grommets to fossils, the Southern Surf Festival brings everyone together to celebrate and enjoy surfing," he said. 

There will also be the opportunity for those new to surfing to learn, with surf schools onsite to provide surf lessons.

The festival will come to completion with a older style twin and single-fin contest and South Australian based clubs will also be competing in an inter-club teams competition, to see who can call themselves the best in the state.

The weekend will include surf movie showings, skydiving displays and family nights on the tavern lawn with live music.