Pro surf on our shores
Bass Coast Shire Council have committed to professional surfing with the announcement of the Phillip Island Pro QS1000 event on local shores this October.
To be held from October 27 to 31 on Phillip Island, the event will feature a 1000 rated World Surf League Qualifying Series (QS) event alongside a State Junior Event and Indigenous Invitational.
Surfing Victoria CEO, Adam Robertson, is excited to bring the QS event back to Victoria.
“I am thrilled that Surfing Victoria, the Bass Coast Shire and World Surf League are able to bring a QS event back to Victoria and particularly to Phillip Island which has some of the best waves in the state,” Mr Robinson said.
“The QS is the stepping stone to the World Tour and provides junior surfers with some great experience against older surfers.”
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, mirrors the excitement commenting on the suitability of hosting the event in Bass Coast.
“Being surrounded by some of the best surf in Australia, means that many of the athletes we produce are surfers,” Cr Rothfield said.
“By hosting this event we are both validating the dream to our young surfers to strive to be their best, and providing a development pathway for them by establishing a connection between our local grassroots events and clubs, and professional competitions.”
The primary location for the event will be the world class beach break Cape Woolamai with back up options being Flynns Reef, Penguin Parade, Right Point, Smiths Beach and Surfies Point.
“WSL is thrilled with the announcement of a new combined men’s and women’s QS1000 event on Philip Island” said WSL Australia Regional Manager Will Hayden-Smith “We’d like to thank Surfing Victoria for their commitment to giving surfers in their state opportunities to pursue the professional surfing pathway. We’d also like to thanks the Bass Coast Shire for their support and we can’t wait to see the WSL Qualifying Series return to the idyllic coastline of Philip Island."
Entries for the event will be open via worldsurfleague.com in April, 2017.
The Phillip Island Pro QS1000 is presented by the Bass Coast Shire and Victorian Government and supported by Surfing Victoria, HIF Australia and Coastalwatch.
More information on the World Surf League can be found at www.worldsurfleague.com