WSL secure fourth Australian CT with Newcastle Pro
Just days after being denied a slot at Lennox Head, the Wozzle has secured a CT event at Newcastle.
The Newcastle Pro will run at Merewether Beach from April 1st. It's the first time Newcastle has offered CT points since 1996 when Neridah Falconer won the BHP Women's Pro - the last Men's CT was in 1990 and won by MIke Parsons.
The Newcastle Pro will be the first of four contests in the Australian leg, the others being Snapper Rocks, Bells Beach, and Margaret River. Dates haven't been finalised, however with the announcement of the Newcastle Pro it's clear Bells will be shifted off its Easter timeslot for 2021.
"We sincerely thank the NSW Government for all of their support in not only holding a CT event but for also agreeing to land our flight and accommodating our quarantining international competitors," said WSL Australia General Manger Andrew Stark, "We're also extremely thankful for the support of the City of Newcastle to enable the event to proceed and we look forward to working with the local community in the delivery of the event."
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro weighed in, saying, "Sun, surf and sand are a way of life in our regional coastal towns and we're doing everything we can to ensure our coastal communities can reap the recreational, tourism and economic benefits that surfing provides."
And in what sounds like a rebuke to Lennox Head, though will in fact be read as the opposite, NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment and Tourism, Stuart Ayres added, "This is a huge opportunity to promote Newcastle, its world-class waves and the region's natural assets and visitor attractions to tens of millions of avid surfers and potential holidaymakers around the globe.
"The profile of the WSL Championship Tour will undoubtedly put Newcastle front of mind for many fans and start the all-important ‘dreaming' phase of planning a holiday for when we can welcome international visitors again."
WSL will be working closely with the Merewether Surfboard Club to incorporate the local surfing community into the event where possible. This will be most significantly through the club being awarded wildcard spots for members Philippa Anderson and Jackson Baker.