New Surf Comp To Replace Surf Open

Photo by  Owenphoto

Photo by Owenphoto

The Australian Open of Surfing (AOS) may have been dropped but Manly will host a pro surfing event next year attracting top international surfers.

Up and coming surfers form the Northern Beaches and international surf stars will take part in the competition planned for February 2018.

Manly MP James Griffin has been fighting for a surf event to be held in Manly since the shock news that the AOS was not going ahead next year after Destination NSW pulled support for the event and several sponsors also withdrew.

In a statement he said, “I said in my maiden speech that if the people of Manly need something, I will not stop fighting for them. So that’s what I’ve done. Pro surfing in Manly is here to stay. 

“I’m proud to announce that a pro surfing event will be held on Manly Beach from late February until March 2018.

“The event will be a QS6000 men’s and women’s ranked event - the same level as previous years. This means we will have international stars in both the men’s and women’s events.

“Importantly, the event in 2018 will not only bring the best international surfers to Manly but showcase our local junior talent. Whilst the event schedule is being still developed, I will make sure our local board rider clubs and juniors get the opportunity to participate in the event.”

Final details of the event are still being determined and Mr Griffin is working with Surfing NSW, Destination NSW and the Northern Beaches Council. The event  will include music and other community activities.

“Input from local boardriding clubs and surfing icons like Layne Beachley and the Northern Beaches Council event team have helped us secure this event and I am particularly grateful for their support,” he added.

Mr Griffin is calling on local businesses to support the event now and into the future by considering sponsorship to help promote Manly as a tourist destination and boost revenue for businesses across the peninsula. Any businesses wanting to support the event can connect with Surfing NSW to discuss sponsorships.

Manly hosted the first ever Surfing World Titles in 1964 and is home to multiple world champion surfers. It is considered the birthplace of Australian surfing and is one of the world’s five surfing reserves.