HOME TURF: Angourie surfer Chris Zaffis is expected to attend the Yamba Surfing Festival when it comes to town in May.
HOME TURF: Angourie surfer Chris Zaffis is expected to attend the Yamba Surfing Festival when it comes to town in May. Ethan Smith

Organisers put the breakers on Yamba Surfing Festival

SURFING: The Yamba Surfing Festival scheduled for later this week has had to be postponed by Surfing NSW after a 'hectic' Qualifying Series schedule got in the way.

Surfing NSW spokesman Ethan Smith said the organisation was excited to utilise the location and infrastructure at Yamba but that a later date would suit the competition better.

"The Yamba Surfing Festival has had to be rescheduled to a better timeslot in late May," Smith said.

"We just thought obviously we will get more numbers and more of the prime competitors if we hold it in May away from the number of QS events held early this year.

"I believe we are always excited to come up to Yamba with the beaches up there giving plenty of options for competition."

Smith said that early interest in the event was positive with former longboard champion Harley Ingleby excited to make his return to Yamba after a successful trip last year.

"Former world tour number three Danny Wills from Byron Bay is also looking likely to compete in the shortboard competition at Yamba as well," Smith said.

Clarence Valley Mayor, Richie Williamson, said the decision to postpone the event was made after discussions with Surfing NSW.

"A four-event pro series was introduced this year," he said.

"It proved very popular and was held throughout the state, but there was a feeling having another event in March would put too many events close together and there would be an impact on attendances.

"The feedback we've had since advising of the change of date was that it was the right decision and we could expect better participation and attendance figures.

"It should also work out well for accommodation places in Yamba and give them a boost in what is traditionally a quieter period."



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