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Event Details

January 10 - 14, 2024

AB Paterson College
Arundel, Gold Coast, QLD

  • How do I qualify for the National Final?
    To qualify for the National Finals you must compete in one of the Bend The Air regional competitions throughout the year and place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in your section. You may also qualify by receiving a ‘wild card’ entry. These are presented at the awards ceremony and are the judges choice for additional entries to qualify for outstanding performances.
  • Registration - Details and Due Dates
    Entries for the National Finals is a two phase process. Step 1: Registration Complete the online registration & pay your registration fee to reserve your place in the final before the due dates listed below. 2023 REGISTRATION DUE DATES Step 2: Routine Entry Complete the online entry form to submit your routine specific information and pay the routine entry fee. You will receive an email once entries have been opened. ALL ROUTINE ENTRIES ARE DUE BY: Sunday, November 26
  • Entry Fees
    Below is the fees for entering the Bend The Air National Finals for the 2023 competition season. Competitor Registration must be paid once per competitor. Entry fees are paid per routine. What does your competitor registration fee cover? Competitor Pass - includes audience entry to each session (excludes gala) Exclusive competitor gift Expert Judging Panel Audio Critique & score Professional and Qualified Rigger for aerial categories Digital Program Trophies & Prizes

For a full list of FAQ's please download our National Finals information pack below. 


AB Paterson College

10 A.B. Paterson Drive, 

Arundel, Gold Coast, QLD, 4214

Situated within the campus of A.B. Paterson College, the Dawn Lang Performing Arts Centre (DLPAC) boasts state of the art theatre facilities. 

With a large seating capacity, high ceilings and a great location on the Gold Coast, this is the perfect location for the inaugural Bend The Air National Finals! 

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The rigging set up for the National Finals will be using the Alta Rig. The Alta is the only fully engineered, designed and manufactured rig available in Australia. It comes tested, tagged and CERTIFIED. This certification allows Bend the Air to set up the rig hassle-free, in any venue. The Alta also has the highest safety ratings of any freestanding rig in Australia. It provides participants with a safe and standardised set up across all competitions, allowing them to do what they do best – excel at aerial arts.

The overall height of the Alta Rig is 7m. Once you have taken into account the rigging and hardware plus matting below the actual available space is 6.37m in total from floor to top connection point.

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The stage for all Acro Fanatics & Circus Freaks sections will have the full use of the stage area. This will be a standard hard floor stage area, with winged side stage area.


The stage for all Aerial Addicts sections will be a 6 x 6m stage with carpeted mat flooring.  

As an additional safety component at Bend The Air competitions, we have teamed up with Absolutely Anything Gymnastics (AAG) to provide custom safety mats designed specifically for our competitions including a round safety mat and carpeted acrobatics flooring. 

STAGE AREA: The stage space for all aerial categories is a 6x6m floor with 30mm thick mat flooring with carpeted top.  This is situated within the footprint of the Alta Rig. Due to the matted floor, no shoes with heels are permitted in routines.


ROUND SAFETY MAT: Custom 2546mm circular landing area consists of a staged combination of open and closed celled foams and a high quality constructed pvc vinyl cover formation with venting for quick air release.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL Aerial Addicts competitors, except the Elite category, are required to use the provided safety mat for their routine.

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