Laird Hamilton visits our SUP wonderland

World-renowned big-wave surfer and waterman Laird Hamilton will pay a visit to this year’s Port Stephens Country Club Southern Cross SUP Festival which kicks off from May 15- 18.

During the four-day SUP festival, the Hawaiian will do a meet-and-greet – where fans can meet the acclaimed stand-up paddleboarder, – interview with media and be there to support the sport of stand-up paddle.

The reason for Hamilton visiting Port Stephens is to show his Australian followers the latest range of stand-up paddle-boards and accessories from his brand “Laird SUP.”

“I’m really looking forward to coming to Australia and show the Australian audience my latest range of stand-up paddle boards and paddles,” said Hamilton. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to sample some decent waves while I’m there as well.”

The surf divisions for this years Port Stephens Country Club Southern Cross SUP Festival will be located at either One-Mile Beach or Birubi Beach, with the racing divisions to be staged at Shoal Bay, right in front of the Port Stephens Country Club.

Throughout the event, there’ll be an array of festival happenings taking place such as: free SUP lessons, SUP demonstration and coaching, stalls and SUP yoga.

2014 is the second year, the event has been sponsored by Port Stephens Country Club. Accommodation packages for the event, including board storage are available for competitors.

The four-day event will see the surfing element of the event run on Thursday and Friday with the racing running from lunchtime Friday until Sunday.

Events in the racing component include: stand-up paddle board, 14-16 kilometer elite marathon, technical sprint race and a community teams race.b-lairdtahiti