Groundswell Surf Festival to celebrate beach culture

Groundswell Surf Festival event manager Derek Gerrard (centre) with, from left, Laine Hoffman, Tom Dempers, Leighton Bradfield and Darcy Blume [NAMES OK]
Groundswell Surf Festival event manager Derek Gerrard (centre) with, from left, Laine Hoffman, Tom Dempers, Leighton Bradfield and Darcy Blume [NAMES OK]

The festival comes five months after the successful Groundswell Skate Festival, supported by the City of Stirling and Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.

Event manager Derek Gerrard said the Groundswell events were grass roots initiatives aimed at tapping into Scarborough’s deep surf and skate culture to revitalise the beach as development begins around it.

‘Certainly they see the idea of bringing youth together around the surf culture is something that really supports the development that’s taking place,’ Mr Gerrard said.

Mr Gerrard said there was a need for more engaging youth-focused events in Scarborough.

‘It was an idea we had earlier in the year,’ he said.

‘There wasn’t a lot of youth stuff happening around the area and the stuff that was didn’t really match the surfing and skating culture that we thought was around the place.

‘Our goal was always to build it as a grassroots event to gain interest, but considering how successful the skate event was and similar interest in the surf competition our goal is, if it gains traction, to make this an iconic event on the calendar every year in Scarborough.’

The event, run by Surfing WA, will consist of an open surfing, an open body board and an open all-board beginner’s competition.

Surfing business Rusty will also launch the film Kerrzy, a profile on prominent young surfer Josh Kerr.

The event will run at the Scarborough Ampitheatre from 8am to 12pm on Saturday, October 18.