WQS Event To Return To Manly Beach In 2018

22 Dec 2017 0 Share

Keanu Asing. Image by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Keanu Asing. Image by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

A rejuvenated Men's and Women's WQS event is set to take place on Sydney's Northern Beaches in 2018. In what will undoubtedly be one of the strongest legs on the circuit, Manly Beach will play host to the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro, World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) event early next year.

With 6,000 QS points on offer, many of the elite Men and Women of our sport will kickstart their 2018 campaign to an always packed esplanade, during the event period from 24 February – 4 March.

Member for Manly MP James Griffin was elated to retain this major surfing event on the Penninsula.

“I’m proud to welcome the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro event to Manly, it will be a fantastic event and I’m delighted that our community will continue to enjoy pro surfing,” said Griffin. “Importantly, not only will the event bring the best international surfers to Manly, but our local junior talent will have an opportunity to shine. I look forward to working with the WSL, Surfing NSW, Destination NSW and Northern Beaches Council to ensure we develop a sustainable event.”

Stu Kennedy. Image by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Stu Kennedy. Image by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Likewise, Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan acknowledged the merits of Manly Beach as a natural arena for the world’s best surfers, with the assurance it will set the benchmark for future events.

“For years, Manly Beach has been one of the jewels in NSW’s crown when it comes to professional surfing events,” said Regan. “We’re proud to have an event of this stature on our iconic beach and will be working closely with local residents and businesses to keep it here.”

In partnership with the World Surf League is apparel brand Vissla, as major sponsors for the event. Vissla’s VP of Global Marketing Vince de la Pena was stoked to play an integral role in the continuance of this event for both local and international talents.

	2 x Women's World Champion Tyler Wright. Image: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

2 x Women's World Champion Tyler Wright. Image: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

“Manly has such a rich history in professional surfing, being the location of the first world surfing championships back in 1964, so it is an honour to step into this event and help carry on the tradition,” said de la Pena. “Being the second QS6,000 of the year and just prior to the start of the 2018 CT, we expect a red-hot field and we also look forward to introducing some exciting new elements to the event to showcase some of the creativity within the surfing community." 


Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden furthered the point in saying that the event would boost the events calendar for WSL events across the state early next year.

Nat Young. Image by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Nat Young. Image by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

“Over the last three years we’ve seen an exponential growth of professional and credible surfing events in the state, with the Vissla NSW Surf Series, the World Junior Championships in Kiama and Surfest all attracting a wide array of nationalities to the beautiful NSW coastline,” said Madden. “The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro is the perfect way to finish the NSW professional surfing leg with a bang and we can’t wait to see some of the world’s best when the event lands in Manly next year.”


Others to weigh in on the announcement included WSL Australia/Oceania Regional Manager Will Hayden-Smith who congratulated the respective stakeholders and the local community for their collaborative efforts in this event launch.

Narrabeen's Cooper Chapman. Image by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Narrabeen's Cooper Chapman. Image by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

"WSL are very grateful to Destination NSW, Surfing NSW, Member for Manly James Griffin, Vissla and the Northern Beaches Council and community for throwing their support behind professional surfing," said Hayden-Smith. "Having back-to-back QS6,000s at Newcastle and Manly in NSW at the start of the year is extremely important for surfers from all over the world in chasing their dreams of qualifying for the WSL Championship Tour. We can't wait to get back to Manly in 2018 for what is sure to be an exciting event for surfers and surf fans globally."

A WSL sanctioned Pro Junior event will also take place during the opening weekend on the 24 – 25 February.

In culmination with the other WSL events across NSW, this leg of the circuit begins early January with the World Junior Championships at Kiama, 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, WSL and Surfing NSW


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