SYDNEY SURF PRO LAUNCH
The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro gets underway at Manly Beach tomorrow (Saturday Feb 24) with the Junior Pro surfers taking to the water.
At the official launch of the nine-day event, TV celebrity Tim Bailey welcomed the contest saying it was a case of, “A pure surfing event in a pure surfing town, Manly – Mantown, the best beach in Australia.” As voted by TripAdvisor in its Traveller’s Choice Awards.
At the official launch, organisers applauded the support shown by businesses in Manly and welcomed the surfers from near and far. More than 300 competitors from 20 countries will be taking part.
“It’s going to be a fantastic event for Manly,” said Manly MP James Griffin, who was instrumental in getting the competition held in Manly after the Australian Open of Surfing pulled out.
The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro’s top seed, Keanu Asing from Hawaii, said he was delighted to be in Manly. “For me it is a very special place, the history behind Manly Beach is incredible,” adding that he was honoured to continue the proud surfing culture of Hawaii.
Local competitor Jordy Lawler from North Narrabeen, said he was taking the competition in his stride and enjoying being injury free after a difficult year or so. “I just want to have fun with it and not think too much about it.” He said that while he was nervous about the contest, it was great to be able to compete so close to home and sleep in his own bed. “Having your family and friends watch you surf is great because you don’t really get that anywhere else,” he added.
The competition runs from February 24 to March 4.