Port Stephens Surf Festival: 2019 SUP State Titles and NSW Longboard Titles return to One Mile, Birubi beaches

CARVE IT UP: Anna Bay's Josh Stretton, pictured, won the junior men's division of the 2018 SUP State Titles. Picture: Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW
CARVE IT UP: Anna Bay's Josh Stretton, pictured, won the junior men's division of the 2018 SUP State Titles. Picture: Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

The 2019 SUP State Titles and NSW Longboard Titles will call Port Stephens home from next week.

The two state title events, staged as part of the second annual Port Stephens Surf Festival, are expected to attract 200 of the best SUP and longboard riders as they vie for a spot in the NSW teams for the upcoming Australian SUP Titles in Currumbin and the Australian Longboard Titles at Tweed Heads.

The longboard titles will be held at One Mile Beach between June 20-22 and the SUP titles at Birubi Beach June 22-25.

"The Port Stephens Surf Festival attracts visitors... from around NSW and showcases our beaches and waterways to a domestic and international audience," Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer said.

"This event links closely with the upcoming Port Stephens Pro and Surfest Wild Card Trials, all held in Port Stephens.

"We know that through events like this, we can continue to grow the Port Stephens brand, attract year round visitation and create economic benefit for our community."

Surfing NSW chief executive officer Luke Madden said Port Stephens is the perfect location to host the event.

"Port Stephens is an idyllic region and we can't wait to show off its beautiful beaches to some of the best longboarders and stand-up paddlers NSW has to offer," he said.

"We expect to see over 200 competitors partaking in the event over both disciplines in what is sure to be a spectacular display of wave riding and ocean paddling."

Last year, Anna Bay's Josh Stretton won the junior men's division of the SUP titles while Corlette's Mike Clayton-Brown won the junior logger division of the longboard titles.

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