Lake Macquarie Festival of Surfing

Lake Mac Festival of Surfing is back bigger and better in 2018

We’re teaming up with Surfest for a fourth year to bring you the Lake Macquarie Festival of Surfing!

Join us on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January 2018 at Redhead Beach to watch surfers showcase their talent across three disciplines of surfing; shortboards, longboards and stand-up paddleboards.

New to the festival program is the inaugural Lake Mac FOS ECS Boards Surf SUP and Paddle Battle, a $23,000 contest featuring three SUP surfing events in men’s, women’s and mixed divisions, and four ocean-racing Paddle Battle events. As the richest Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) contest in Australia, these events will bring some of the country’s most elite competitors to Redhead and provide some spectacular surfing.

The ECS Boards Paddle Battle heats and finals will take place on Saturday 20 January, while the shortboard, longboard and ECS Boards Surf SUP heats will take place on Saturday 20 January and be followed by their finals and official presentations on Sunday 21 January.


Entries are now open.

Market stalls

Market stalls will be operating from the car park on Saturday from 9am-2pm.

African drumming workshops with Earthen Rhythms

Join us at 10.30am and 12.30pm Saturday and Sunday to learn African drumming the fun way Eeach sessions run for 45 minutes Everyone is welcome, no bookings necessary.

Beach yoga

Start your Saturday with a gentle yoga class on Redhead Beach. Redhead Wellness Sanctuary will offer a free Flow Yoga class at 8.30am on Saturday 20 January. Please bring your own mat or towel. Everyone is welcome, no bookings necessary.

Skateology workshops

On Sunday 21 Junuary, we’ll have free kids’ skateboarding workshops run by professional skateboarder, Adam Luxford from Skateology. Whether your child is a beginner or experienced skater, come along and learn some new tips and tricks from one of the best! All skateboards and safety equipment are provided. These workshops are now fully booked.


Accessible parking is available along with unisex accessible toilet and shower facilities. A viewing section will be sign-posted and located on the kiosk level for wheelchair users and for people with reduced mobility. Lift access to level 1 of Redhead Surf Lifesaving Club is accessible from the ground floor.

Including You Tent – a space that provides support for people with disabilities, their families and carers, and other people in the community with access and mobility challenges, to attend regular community events.




Page last updated: 18 January 2018