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Australian waveski champion and former world champion, Rees Duncan, formerly of Grafton, in action. Yamba will host the Waveski Surfing Australian Open for the first time in October. Image: Contributed.

Australian waveski open coming to Yamba

Australian waveski champion and former world champion, Rees Duncan, formerly of Grafton, in action. Yamba will host the Waveski Surfing Australian Open for the first time in October. Image: Contributed.

Yamba will host the Waveski Surfing Australian Open for the first time in October this year in an event that is likely to contribute about $272,000 to the Clarence economy via direct visitor spend.
Clarence Valley Council economic development coordinator, Elizabeth Fairweather, said the great thing about the event was the people it would attract.
“They fit perfectly with our target market, which is active families,” she said.
“It’s highly likely they will stay here for a week for the event and love it so much they’ll return with their friends again and again, which is just one of the intentions of council’s sports tourism program that helped bring the event here.”
The open will run over six days, from October 9 to 14, with most competitors arriving on the Sunday afternoon prior and leaving the following Sunday. Most travel from Wollongong, Sydney, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, and typically there is a small contingent of three-four competitors from New Zealand and the likelihood of a couple of American competitors. Competitors will be of all ages, and compete in junior, open, masters and veterans events.
Waveski Surfing Australia president and former Graftonian, Rees Duncan, said he was especially excited about the event taking place in his home ground of the Clarence Valley.
“I’m excited to be able to bring our national titles back to the Clarence Valley where I grew up,” he said.
“I have fond memories of Yamba and surrounding area. I placed second in the very first world cup at Turners Beach in 1988 so I’m hoping the good vibes continue.”
“Our association is big on giving back to the local areas and we hope the locals take advantage of our try-out day or just come down to watch some of the best waveski surfers in the world tear it up at Turners Beach during the week.”
The association will also run community engagement activities in the lead-up to and during the event, with activities such as come and try and coaching/training clinics. To keep up to date with the event, follow the Waveski Surfing Australian on Facebook or visit www.myclarencevalley.com.au

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