17 January 18
The largest WSL sanctioned longboard competition in Australia, this year’s ALSO will take on an Indigenous flavor with the open partnering with Juraki for the five-days.
Juraki is an Indigenous Not-For-Profit community entity committed to creating, supporting and partnering in community activities, programs and (sporting) events that give Indigenous similar yet culturally-sensitive opportunities to main-stream. “Closing the gap from the Indigenous perspective”.
Longboard Open organizer Sean McKeown believed Juraki and the indigenous involvement would add another dimension to an event that is already more than just another major surfing event.
“The Australian Longboard Surfing Open involves surfers of all levels from the world’s best professional male and female longboarders as well as the next generation and those who have been surfing since the 60s,” he said.
“We have always been well known for being focused as a family affair and this year we have fostered a relationship with the Indigenous surfing community who are an important part of this region and have a very strong connection to the ocean and coastline.
“Juraki is named for Churaki an Indigenous man recognized as the original Coolangatta and Greenmount lifesaver who performed many rescues in that area and received a Letter of Commendation in 1911 from the Royal Humane Society of Australasia for his work."
He said Juraki’s involvement would include running the invitational Indigenous division, a welcome to country to open the event as well as Indigenous buskers and a cultural display throughout the titles.
As well as five days of longboard surfing action and some of the best long-board proponents competing in the WSL Longboard Qualifying Series the event, as always will have a strong on-shore program.
Entries are open for this year’s Australian Longboard Surfing Open at Kingscliff from 28 February to March 4.
This year those will include a book-signing night for surf writing legend Phil Jarratt at Brothers Café Restaurant and Bar in Kingscliff on Thursday night after the first two rounds of the professionals. As well as tying in with the Kingscliff Night Markets, and hosting an old board display, surf lessons, buskers, auctions and Surf Vehicle display.
- REPORT FROM THE ALSO