Jake Bevan at the Snowy in 2012. All photos: Valentina Adeline

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Marking the 50th anniversary of the first world titles, held at Manly back in 1964 and won by local legends Midget Farrelly (open mens) with Phillis O'Donnell (open womens), the Manly Malibu Club will be hosting the 27th CJ McAlister Winter Surfing Festival on the June long weekend 2014 (June 7-9).

Snowy was born in 1904 took up surfing in 1915 following Duke Kahanamoku's surfing demonstration at Freshwater. Snowy was a 13 times Australian board riding champion. He continued to surf until well into his sixties and was an icon of surfing especially here at Sydney's Manly Beach. The much-loved Snowy passed away in 1988, and this contest has been held in his honour every year since 1987 and is one of Australia's longest running longboard contests. The event now attracts the cream of longboarding from around the world.

The event will include various disciplines of longboard surfing including log, high performance, tandem, and various age divisions for men and women. The contest starts at 7am on Saturday the 7th June, finishing around 2pm on Monday 9th June. In conjunction with the contest the Manly Malibu Club will be hosting an event on the Saturday night 7th June at the Novotel Manly Pacific, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original world titles. Midget Farrelly will be speaking on the night. Past champions are invited as well.

 - report by Matt Bruin – Club president.

Contact Matt on 0447 657 669 or at mbruin@optusnet.com.au for any further details.
2014 entries are now open, along with information about the festival at: www.snowymcalisterfestival.com

Matty Chojnacki at Manly
From Cronulla via the Sunny Coast, Dane Wilson
Evans Head's Isaac Field


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