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 the Phillip Island Junior Challenge and Indigenous Invitational.
Surfing Victoria CEO, Adam Robertson is excited to bring a QS event back to Victoria.
“I am delighted 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.”
“The QS is the stepping stone to the World Tour and provides junior surfers with some great experience against older surfers.”
By having this event, we are completing the development pathway for our junior surfers starting from our grass roots participation events all the way up to the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.”
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 May, 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