You would think that an amazing beach like Sydney’s Manly, would have been a lock for every surf competition since the beginning of time. But alas, with so many other beaches, Manly has been sitting on the back burner for some time. It finally got the glory it deserved with the inaugural Australian Open of Surfing last week.
As an inaugural event, few big names were presents – no Slaters or Beachleys – although Aussie Joel Parkinson did grace the event with his presence. But no matter who was at the event, it was clear where the talent lay. It ended up being a week for the young’ns with three out of the four big winners under the age of 25, and two younger than twenty.
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