THE surf is up on one of Australia’s longest running surfing competitions.
This year, the annual Mattara Surf Classic event is in its 52nd year, and once again returns to Newcastle’s Bar Beach.
The competition has a renowned history and it is focused on enhancing Newcastle’s grass roots surfing scene.
Australian-born international surfer Mark Richards has described his 1974 Mattara Surf Classic win as the ‘‘ticket’’ to his surfing career today.
Last year’s winner Ryan Callinan, from Merewether, said he had grown up watching the event, which inspired him to enter.
‘‘I am very proud that I am now part of the Newcastle Mattara legacy,’’ Callinan said.
Event organisers anticipate a great turnout this year, with local and interstate competitors going head-to-head for cash and prizes.
An extra under-21s junior division has also been created this year, giving younger surfers the chance to showcase their skills.
After the boys’ 16 years and under division was well received last year, a girls’ 18 years and under division has also been created.
■ The Mattara Surf Classic will be held on October 19 and 20 at Bar Beach.
To enter, go to Surfing Newcastle’s Facebook page and download a form.