The largest women’s surfing event in the world is coming to the Hunter, with the Port Stephens NSW Pro to be held at Birubi Beach in November 2017 and 2018.
The event has been secured exclusively for Port Stephens by the NSW Government.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the Port Stephens NSW Pro is a major international event that will see competitors from all over the world travel to the region.
“Port Stephens is one of the most famed surf spots in Australia and I am looking forward to welcoming some of the world’s best surfers to our stunning region in just a few weeks,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The Port Stephens NSW Pro women’s field alone has 114 competitors and as the last major point scoring opportunity of the year, will play a major role in determining who qualifies for the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour.”
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said with so many international surfers visiting the region, the event will provide a significant boost for local businesses, hotels, restaurants and tourism operators.
“The Port Stephens NSW Pro will be huge, with more than 1,000 surfers and visitors expected to travel to the region, injecting around $910,000 into the local visitor economy over the next two years,” Mr Marshall said.
“This event is a key component of a packed events calendar for the Hunter region, which this year has included the Australian Boardriders Battle, Matildas vs Brazil international football friendly and the upcoming Newcastle 500 just to name a few.”
As the final Women’s Qualifying Series event of the year, the Port Stephens NSW Pro field will feature at least seven current Women’s Championship Tour surfers looking to reclaim their place on the 2018 Tour.
The 2017 Port Stephens NSW Pro will be held from 2-5 November, 2017. The event will include a Women’s WSL QS6,000, a Men’s WSL QS1,000 and a number of Surfing NSW age group events.