Groundswell Surf Festival: Scarborough foreshore redevelopment can’t get in way of event

Groundswell Surf Festival: Scarborough foreshore redevelopment can’t get in way of event

SCARBOROUGH’S annual Groundswell Surf Festival is set to grow this year despite the foreshore development site.

The free event will celebrate the beach and surf culture of the coastal suburb and includes an open surfing and body boarding competition run by Surfing WA.

Event manager Derek Gerrard said the $74 million redevelopment of Scarborough foreshore would not stopped the event from going ahead this year.

“It’s great to be able to continue to run the event now in its third year,” he said.

“It’s a free event that focuses on families and the surfing and skating culture we have here and with about 2000 people attending last year; it’s great to see the community get behind it.

“Along with the surfing competition the event will include an all-board beginner’s competition to encourage everyone to get involved.”

The festival will also include live bands, a mechanical surfboard, giant slide, surf artwork, food and drink vendors and market and merchandise stalls.

The City of Stirling, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Lottery West and C3 Church Scarborough are funding the event with support from Billabong, Surfing WA, Salty Shoes and ICEA.

WHERE: Located at the southern end of the Amphitheatre at Scarborough

WHEN: Saturday October 15, 8am-1pm