Surfboard Expo at Curl Curl

Surfboard Expo day in Curl Curl  (21st March 2020)

Come to the Creative space in Curl Curl ( 105 Abbott Rd ) ,  to meet local shapers, Daniel, Dru and Steve! They will each have a couple of their beautiful creations for you to look at, and find out which board is best for you.  

The Snowy

Not only will there be some surfboards to drool over, but there will also be a rep by MMBC to talk about  The Snowy  - which is in June this year.  Check out some photos and video from previous years Snowy and find out why you should sign up this year!

Pies and Beers

Finally, if the above is not enough to temp you…… there will be hot pies by Broomfield pies and beers provided by Nomads Brewery who are based in Brookvale.

The Shapers!

Sick Note

If you have some friend or family commitment, feel free to reach out to me and I can provide a sick note as to why you can’t attend the event on the 21st March 2020.

Northern Beaches Surf photo competition

Northern Beaches Surf Photography Competition

I am stoked to announce the launch of a Northern Beaches Surf photography competition that runs in conjunction with the WSL surfing event in Manly.  Epic prizes on offer, as well as an opportunity to have your image in an exhibition at Curl Curl Creative Space (14th - 23rd March 2020). 

Simple Rules

Any photo was taken on the northern beaches which relate to surfing or the ocean

The entry must be submitted via Instagram by using the following hashtag


and a hashtag from the indicating the category.  If you don’t select a category we will select for you. 

  • Lifestyle #surfinglifestyle
  • Action #surfingaction
  • Under 18 Photographer #under18photo
  • Longboarding #pacificlongboarding
  • Underwater #underwater
  • Ocean #theocean
  • Saltywomen #Saltywomen ( must tag oneillwomen_aus to be considered for this one) 

You must FOLLOW   the following pages

  • @mafgallery
  • @maxumwatches
  • @northernbeachescouncil
  • @mxmsurfphoto
  • @joyce_magazine
  • And if you are over 18 then also
  • @Nomadbrewingco
  • @manlyspirits


Special thanks to the following people who will be judging the entries

  • Matt of  @thewaxhead
  • Debbie from @nomadsbrewingco
  • Vanessa from @manlySpirits
  • Hayley from Oneilswomens
  • Alan from Manly Art and Framing @mafgallery
  • Lauren from @joyce_magzine

Categories of the comp are as follows

  • Lifestyle #surfinglifestyle
  • Action #surfingaction
  • Under 18 Photographer #under18photo
  • Longboarding #pacificlongboarding
  • Underwater #underwater
  • Ocean #theocean
  • Saltywomen #Saltywomen ( must tag oneillwomen_aus to be considered for this one) 


  • All images that are finalists will be on display for 8 days in the Creative Space in Curl Curl. (14th - 23rd March)
  • Visitors to the exhibition will be able to purchase any of the finalist’s images.  (if the owner of the image wishes )
  • The winners will be announced on the 21th of March at a function at the Creative Space,
  • Visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote for a peoples choice winner who will be announced at the end of the competition

Your images

  • You will retain all rights to your image. 
  •  Permission will be sought from you for using your image by any of the vendors on anything other than instagram.
  • If you become a finalist - your image will most likely be shared on associated vendors to promote the exhibition.
  • If you are a finalist, you will be expected to pay $30 to have your image printed (A2) and hung in the gallery 
  • After the exhibition, you can collect your print and keep it. 
  • Visitors to the gallery will give your contact details should they wish to purchase your image. (either the gallery copy or a printed and framed copy from MAF)
  • If you are a finalist, and you have not paid for your print by 12 March, you will be disqualified from the exhibition.
  • Anyone under 18 entering the competition must not follow @manlyspirits or @nomads 


First prize  

  • Your image will be printed to A2 and framed by manly art and framing ( @mafgallery) , and given to you
  • Your image will be featured in various (suitable) publications.
  • Invite to exhibit at the next exhibition on the Northern beaches

Other prizes available 

  • Wetsuit from oneills 
  • Nomads Brewery pack - including a tour of the brewery with 4 of your mates
  • Manly Spirits tour for you with your and mate. 
  • Watches from Maxum watches
  • Shoot session  with @mxmsurfphoto 
  • and many more 

Surfing on the Northern Beaches - Photography, Surfboards and Surfwear

Surf photos,  surfboards and surf wear on the Northern beaches

Between 11th and 22nd of March (2 weeks), I will be holding an event that celebrates surfing imagery and LOCAL surfing brands of the Northern Beaches.   

The purpose of the event is to bring together local surf brands with local surfers and artists.

The WSL Kick start surf event starts in Manly on 9th of March, and this event  will start on the 11th and will run during the duration of the event,

During the 2 weeks, stunning surfing photos, beautiful swimwear and handmade surfboards  all from the Northern beaches will be on display.

This event will be made up of 

  • Northern Beaches Surf photo  competition  #NBSURFPHOTOCOMP
  • Girls Swimwear Party night - 3 local swimwear brands, surf girls movie , live music.   ( supported by Manly spirits - to be confirmed) 
  • Surfboard Shapers - 4 local shapers show their surfboards and talk about their craft. (supported by Nomads beer - to be confirmed)
  • Ocean Dreams - live music and visual show. 
  • WIM HOF Class
  • Surf photography workshop (@mxmsurfphoto)
  • Shooting underwater workshop  (@mxmbelow)

Surf photography competition

  • A surf photography competition will start on 20th February and will be run using Instagram.  ( 3 weeks prior to event start)
  • Photographers will need to post image and tag all vendors involved in the event, plus hashtag - #NBSURFPHOTOCOMP.  
  • The photo must be taken on the Northern beaches
  • There will be various themes - Lifestyle, Longboarding, Under18, Women, Action, Empty, Underwater, Mobile.  
  • Winners announced on opening night 
  • All finalists will have images displayed during the event. 
  • Prizes will be made up of features in various platforms and donations from vendors. 

Shapers Expo

  • 3-4 Shapers will be given a corner of the exhibition hall to show a number of their surfboards, 
  • Shapers will be available to talk about their surfboards , style and ethos. 
  • Shapers call sell products
  • Mark will also be shooting each surfboard with an artistic touch, so the buyer of the surfboard can also get an image of the surfboard. 

Womens Swimwear Party

  • 3-4 local women swimwear makers will be invited to present and sell their products. 
  • The format will be very relaxed with drinks and snacks supplied, 
  • Showing of girls surf movie - Salty Women
  • Live music
  • May also show movie - Blue Crush

Ocean Dreams

  • Live music and visual show
  • Live local musicians playing music in  dark theatre with underwater images and moving images shown

Agenda as follows  (tbc)

  • 11th - 22nd march - Photos from surf comp will be on display. (2 weeks )
  • 11th - 22nd march - Surfboards on display ( 2 weeks) 
  • 13th March  -  Opening night, Sausage sizzle and opening of the exhibition - live music, 
  • 14th March -  Photography exhibition and competition winner announced. 
  • 15th March - Girls swimwear Expo  - 3 local swimwear brands will be introducing their swimwear range, talking about their inspiration,  ethos. 
  •                          Live band, drinks and snacks. 
  •                          Showing of women’s surf movie - Salty Women 
  •                          Showing of Blue Crush movie. 
  •                           Photobooth 
  • 21st March -  3 Northern beaches Shapers will be around to show their surfboards range and discuss their boards. 
  • 21st March - Ocean dreams – short music and visual show. Combining live music with ocean imagery and film. 
  • 20th March - FluroFriday 7th birthday paddle out (Freshwater beach)
  • 20th March - WimHof 
  • 22nd March - Peoples choice for the best photo. 
  • 22nd March - Close of Exhibition

 Surf comp Judges

  • John Brasen - Pacific Longboarder magazine (confirmed )
  • Lauren from Joyce surf magazine ( confirmed )
  • Alan from MAF gallery ( confirmed )
  • Hayley Shaw McGuinness from Oneils Women’s ( confirmed )
  • Matt Chojnacki  ( @thewaxhead)  ( confrimed) 
  • Vanessa (@manlyspirits)  (tbc)


  • 1st prize -  Feature in Joyce magazine and Covered Magazine
  •                       A2 Print and framing of your winning image for you to keep
  •                       Free WIM HOF session 
  • Best women’s photo - Spring suit from Oneil’s women
  • Best under 18 image - Aquatech iPhone housing
  • Best Longboard image - Subscription to PLM
  • Best underwater image -  An underwater shoot with @mxmbelow ( mark morgan) 
  • Best image taken with mobile phone 

(still looking for other prizes) 

Brands invited to participate in the event 


Surfboard Shapers

  • @DJB Surfboards (confirmed)
  • @ABE shapes (tbc)
  • @Oceanside Surfcraft (confirmed)
  • @RhinoLaminating


  • @winkisuits (tbc)
  • @virago_Active ( confirmed )
  • @bikini_adventures ( confirmed )
  • (still looking for one more)


  • Pacific Longboarder magazine (confirmed)
  • Joyce Magazine ( confirmed )
  • Covered Magazine ( tbc)
  • Manly daily (confirmed )

Framing and Printing

  • @MAF gallery 
  • (seeking a printer )


  • @Oneills womens 
  • @manlyspirits (tbc)
  • @nomads_brewery (tbc)
  • @broomfieldspies
  • @aquatechimaging(tbc)

more to follow 


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