Ellie Brooks Wins 2015 Newcastle Surfest

22nd February 2015

(top photo Ellie Brooks Wins Surfest 2015 photo by Surfest)

The Surfest finals day saw hundreds of Newcastle’s surf fans braving the rain, wind and weather to watch some of the world’s best surfers putting on a show. It was a big day for Surfest 2015 results.

2015 Schools Challenge Winner Northern Beaches Secondary College

2015 Schools Challenge Winner Northern Beaches Secondary College

Yesterday saw the girls Schools challenge wrap up with Northern Beaches Secondary College in Sydney taking the top prize with the team made up of Tiana Reid, Lucy Coleman and Alysse Cooper.

See also Surfest Pro Junior Results and wrap up here

in the QS1000 women’s divisions Newcastle’s own Philippa Anderson (NSW/AUS) who has been in fine form coming out of the Australian Open, advanced into the Final of the Burton Automotive Women’s Classic after eliminating Macy Callaghan (NSW/AUS) in the Semifinals. Philippa said of Mayc “She is a great young surfer — it’s great to see what she’s doing at just 14-years-old. She’s got a bright future ahead.”

Anderson won this event back in 2009 and was hoping to get back into the arena in the final against Ellie Brooks (QLD/AUS) who has had a clean run through the event.

Ellie Brooks started the Burton Automotive Women’s Classic as the underdog, she was already further in an event than ever before and she was matching up against former event champion and Newcastle local Philippa Anderson (NSW/AUS). But Brooks used her powerful backhand hooks and carves to post the biggest scores and take her maiden QS win.

“When the siren sounded I was wondering if this was really happening!” Brooks said. “This is my best ever result by far! I packed the car a couple days ago thinking I’d be going home early so to now be the winner feels so good. This is going to give me confidence to know I can compete at this level and I’m excited for the next event in NZ in a few weeks.”

Ellie Brooks Wins Surfest 2015 photo by Surfest

Ellie Brooks Wins Surfest 2015 photo by Surfest

About the 2015 Surfest Newcastle AUSTRALIA

The 2015 Surfest Newcastle Australia features international fields of competitive surfers in the Burton Automotive Pro ( World Surf League Men’s Qualifying Series 6000 point event), the Burton Automotive Womens Classic (World Surf League Women’s Qualifying Series 1000 point event) and the Hunter Business Boardriders Pro Junior (World Surf League Mens Regional Qualifying Series 1000 point event) along with 11 other surfing events.  The event is made possible with the support of the Burton Automotive Group, the Hunter Business Boardriders, Newcastle City Council and the NSW Government through Destination NSW. In 2015, Surfest Newcastle Australia will, for the very first time, host events in three coastal local government areas in New South Wales’ Hunter Region – Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens.

Surfest Newcastle Australia commences on February 1 with trials in the Port Stephens local government area and concludes at Merewether beach on February 22 where another champion will add his name to the Mark Richards Perpetual Trophy that reads like a “Who’s Who” of professional surfing. Merewether beach is a recognised Australian National Surfing Reserve and home to festival patron and Australia’s most accomplished men’s world professional surfing champion, four-time world champion Mark Richards (1979-82).

2015 marks the festival’s 30th anniversary and with over 800 national and international competitors from more than two dozen countries, Surfest Newcastle Australia is the largest festival of surfing in the southern hemisphere. Get up-to-the minute updates, photos and interviews, as well as the program of events at

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