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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 February, 2018 - Australian surfers and their support teams are preparing to journey to the iconic concourse and beach settings of Manly to compete against leading surfers from powerhouse surfing nations as part of the inaugural Vissla Sydney Surf Pro.
The surfing showdown will take place in the legendary waters off Manly, the spiritual birthplace of surfing in Australia, just a short distance from the landmark attractions and architecture of central Sydney, one of the world’s leading sports and tourism destinations.
The event (24 February - 4 March) will feature critical contests between some of the world’s most experienced and highly regarded surfers as well as a range of outstanding young prodigies.
The competition will also feature live music, art, photographic displays, midnight cinema, skateboarding, surfboard shaping demonstrations, food and hospitality all based at the historic Hotel Steyne.
A dozen local Manly businesses entered into Surfing NSW's Community Partnership Program, which saw several businesses awarded naming rights to several elements of the event. Businesses that participated in the event included:
1. Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific - Overall naming rights partner for local trials 2018
2. Manly Beach Health Club - Naming rights for Men's QS6,000 Local Trials
4. M Barber - Naming rights for Mens Pro Junior Wildcard Trials
5. Maestro & Co
6. Specialised Bikes
7. Village Chiropractic
8. Gelatissimo - Naming rights for Women's Pro Junior Wildcard Trials
9. Q Station
10. Covered Magazine
11. Manly Surf School
12. Belgrave Cartel - Naming rights for Women's QS6,000 Local Trials
The event will provide the public with a glimpse of Australian surfers that will be in contention to represent the country when surfing makes its debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Surfers include 2017 WSL Rookie of The Year Connor O’Leary.
The new surfing showpiece will focus on the competitive environment for surfers and local communities, scaling back infrastructure on the beach to reduce the footprint and open up new viewing areas and fan zones.
“We wanted the best possible environment for the surfers and the local community and maximise the interaction between surfers and the fans," said Luke Madden, CEO of Surfing NSW. “This will help to create an amazing experience for all.”
The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro evolved out of discussions with World Surf League, Manly Council, local MP James Griffin, Surfing NSW, Destination NSW and Vissla.
“What a terrific demonstration of community spirit and clear intent from our local businesses to support the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro at Manly Beach," said Griffin. "The event will showcase Manly to the world and be a great boost for our businesses and create a wonderful time for locals. I'm grateful to all the businesses who have come on board and look forward to welcoming others as we get closer to the event.”
The event will also feature activations by Vissla, a pioneer in innovative and creative surf initiatives and products that strive to minimize environmental impact and protect oceans and waves.
The opening weekend will feature a WSL Pro Junior division that offers surfers 18-and-Under the chance to compete for a coveted spot at the World Junior Championships. This will be followed by the blue ribbon men’s and women’s WSL QS6,000 divisions featuring 84 of the world’s best female surfers and 144 of the top men.
“It’s really exciting for World Surf League and our surfers to be able to have such a large scale event in Sydney,” said WSL Australia/Oceania Regional Manager Will Hayden-Smith. “We ecstatic to work with partners like Destination NSW, Surfing NSW, Vissla and the Northern Beaches Council who share our vision for surfing and caring for the environment. It’s an exciting time counting down to this brand new event.”
All the NSW professional surfing action gets underway from early January with the World Junior Championships, followed by the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series, The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle National Final, Surfest and the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro.
The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro will be proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event will also be proudly supported by Vissla, Northern Beaches Council, Coastalwatch, WSL and Surfing NSW.