A deal for all pro surf fans!

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

From private wavepools to guided surf adventures, the wozzle is taking surfing uptown. Fyre Festival-style!

Today's offering is the newly created VIP Passes for CT events. Starting on the Gold Coast, fans of pro surfing can show their loyalty by purchasing the 'Atlas Pass' for either the full event (USD $1,299) or daily (USD $299), which includes:

  • Prime viewing, screens, and shade at the WSL VIP lounge every day the competition is on
  • Complimentary food and drink at the WSL VIP lounge
  • Athlete meet and greet
  • VIP welcome bag
  • VIP Access to The Drop concert in Coolangatta

The same deal is repeated at Bells, though I imagine punters would prefer to pay for sun rather than shade.

The 'Odyssey Pass' is introduced at the Margaret River Pro where for USD$16,000 a double, keen surf fans get:

  • Premier accommodation within a 10 minute drive from site
  • Prime competition viewing
  • Complimentary meals and drinks when the competition is on
  • Daily breakfast
  • Two lay day activities that showcase the region
  • VIP access to exclusive parties and The Drop concert 
  • VIP Odyssey welcome bag
  • An invitation to a personalised athlete mixer [Ed's note: ???]

The Corona Pro Bali steps it up with a USD$22,900 Odyssey Pass, which is pretty much the same as above but includes sunrise yoga (two sessions) and a trip to a waterfall - no airfares but.

The J'Bay comp shows how feeble the Rand is with the Odyssey package costing just USD$13,900, plus look at a lion and surf with penguins.

In Tahiti, the Odyssey pass allows you to "live like the locals do" for just USD$17,000.

There are currently no passes available for Brazil and onwards.

Find out more here.

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zenagain Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 10:39am

Now, where did I leave that credit card?

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savanova Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 10:41am

Brazil pass comes with Loaded Glock and a bag of Bondi Marching Powder.

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yahabo Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 10:47am

And a complementary travel sized faecal bacteria indicator to test ocean waters...

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mikehunt207 Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 10:42am

For an extra 100 bucks you get a heady from one of the top 5 too
Now I see how diff is going to get all his money back.

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yahabo Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 10:49am

Personalised athlete mixer on the women's tour with Nikki and Sally in a soapy wading pool would be worth $22,900...

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surfstarved Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 2:30pm

Out of line mate. They're hard ripping, arse kicking professional athletes, not brainless objects for your masturbatory pleasure. Show some respect.

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blindboy Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 3:26pm

Good on you surfstarved.

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ojackojacko Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 10:53am

bargain

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ringmaster Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 11:00am

What does the dole pay fortnightly in 2019?

Your 'average' surf fan would've needed to start saving in 2011 for these 'once in a lifetime' experiences.

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seen Sunday, 3 Mar 2019 at 8:59pm

These experiences are not for the likes of us, and soon neither is surfing. I only hope that, for most egotistical rich 30-40 somethings it’s too hard to pick up...

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Blowin Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 11:16am

WA taxpayers develop mainbreak foreshore to enable WSL to show branded event which is also paid for by WA taxpayers.

WA pays WSL to erect eyesore VIP only scaffolding . WSL then charges WA taxpayers exorbitant sum to use facilities.

Seems fair.

Gabby’s gobbies also available......lubricated by tears of fear.

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Walk around G Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 11:59am

Now, there's some classic Aussie, Friday humour in those comments above, thank you all.......ha, haaaa, ha..... great stuff. If the $299 USD 'Atlas-day pass' includes unlimited alcohol, I'd definitely be up for a massive day on the gas, say Finals day at Bells.......you'd almost spend that much on a bucks night or whatever up in Melbourne. Who's coming, we could hassle some of the pro's ;)

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seen Sunday, 3 Mar 2019 at 9:01pm

First one is on the Goldie, and it’s the cheapest. I expect there will be a few cracking dawn brews and pushing through the arvo, I wonder if they know what they are getting into?

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daisy duke kaha... Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 12:03pm

$17,000 to live like the locals do.

This one's for you Dirk Ziff....

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stunet Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 1:27pm

"'Cause everybody hates a tourist,
Especially one who thinks it's all such a laugh,"

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freeride76 Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 2:06pm

never a Truer word wrote

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Walk around G Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 2:19pm

Are you directing that at me stu??

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stunet Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 2:32pm

Eh? It's a lyric from Jarvis Cocker. See link in comment I replied to.

Unless you're also Daisy Duke?

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Walk around G Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 2:38pm

nah, all good matey, I don't know the Lyrics so hence thought maybe you were having a crack at me or something, maybe it's beer o'clock, obviously I must be a little over sensitive at this time of the day on a Friday or something.

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.cylinders Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 5:01pm

Ironically the youtube advert for "Common People" was a Barilla pasta advert featuring Roger Federer cooking spaghetti for a bunch of bored party goers at an elite old European manor...

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Bungan33 Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 12:48pm

For Bells...you can stay at my place, I'll supply all the VB you can drink, Ill drive you to the headland, then we'll crash the after party....only$5,000 US per person...limit of 10 people...bargain!
Oh...the VIP welcome bag - forgot that...Thats a $1,000 add on...its VERY BIG!

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Craig Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 12:50pm

Hahaha.

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belly Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 12:58pm

Send him the legrope Craig, post of the week!

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goofyfoot Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 7:54am

$1000 for a welcome bag? Crikeys they’re expensive over that side of the bay eh! Only $300 here on Victoria’s finest real estate

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mibs-oner Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 4:45pm

Utah ... get me 2

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Sprout Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 1:19pm

"In Tahiti, the Odyssey pass allows you to "live like the locals do" for just USD$17,000."

That's a lot of meth.

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freeride76 Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 1:23pm

And a nice jacked up set of wheels

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simba Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 2:52pm

good funny comments on here .........good way to end the week.

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JosephStalin Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 3:18pm

The people in the wsl are serious? They got some major issues with reality

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stunet Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 3:19pm

Surfing: It's the new golf!

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syril500 Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 4:07pm

Feels like the festival scene. Upsell everything as VIP and let the common people languish in the leftovers.

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Bustard Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 6:18pm

Tennis mate... one on one sport...top seeds on opposing sides of the draw....and tennis already has the challenger series

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Walk around G Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 5:45am

Tennis you say...

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Bustard Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 7:56am

Some say bobby was ahead of his time

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adam12 Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 5:40pm

How much to hang on Maurices' Step at Bells? That would be worth paying for, hanging with Maurice himself. Listening to his gems and bagging out the losers on the way up the steps. "Shouda gone left Gabs".

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Bustard Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 6:05pm

WSL to introduce a middle tier between ct and qs......how much for those tickets

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Phil Jarratt Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 6:09pm

Funniest thread in years, and it's all down to you, Dirky. A pretty dismal Friday arvo is looking up. Think I'll go open a priceless $9 bottle of wine to celebrate.

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Roystein Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 7:56pm

Look us at common people
Paddlin’ when we could be straddlin’
Slummin’ when we could be chummin’
(with the beautiful people)

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mr mick Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 8:13pm

Extra $7000 for bali... must be one hellava waterfall & yoga session!!

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andosbf Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 9:19pm

Is Ja Rule a partner in this business plan? if so the WSL is going to sink lower than Cardinal Pell at a junior gymnastics exhibition

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mattlock Friday, 1 Mar 2019 at 9:57pm

I think I'd have trouble making the sunrise yoga sessions after trying to drink $22900 worth of Corona. Unless it was Irish yoga.

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Common Tata Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 1:29am

Gojek to Keramas $4
Bottle of arak $1
Pack o cigs $2
Nasi goreng bungkas $1
Sitting in the shade in front of the break laughing at the poor bastards who spent $22,000 for the privilege..priceless!

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JosephStalin Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 8:37am

That's it, 20 grand for a surfer is 2 whole years floating around indo eating masakan padang...wsl lost touch completely

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seen Sunday, 3 Mar 2019 at 9:11pm

I don’t reckon it will last through season... but who knows? Maybe the elusive “new surf fan market” will stump up $20k to go watch an objectively boring (for the most part), slow repetitive sport they know nothing about and can’t relate to, live, for 2 weeks on the other side of the world?

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Vic Local Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 7:56am

If the WSL had their shit together they would have got Gary G, Ringmaster and myself to put together the Bells package. We know who grows the best buds in town, our coke is cut with quality washing powder, and we can show you the best place to jump the wall at the torquay pub.
20K each for this authentic experience.

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redmondo Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 8:20am

Probably right bustard, start charging everyone.

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Bustard Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 9:25am

Mate that’s the only way they can get a decent roi and / or attract new sponsors.... bums on seats in stadiums ( wave pools ) where they own the content 100% and the model to copy is tennis.

Different priced tix for trials vs early heats vs finals etc

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Common Tata Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 10:57am

Add medical time outs, toilet breaks, fines for surboard abuse,
Can see it now, poo man in his intialed blazer and rolex on the podium crying thanking the Jeep CEO the PM and Kawasaki jet skis for the win.
Those in the back tiers applaud , while the rest just rattle their jewellery.
Wanker Surf League.

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Bustard Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 2:05pm

I think you have pretty accurately just described surfing in the olympics......not 2020 japan as WSL can’t get the lake built quik enough ( pun intended ) .... but 2024 Paris in a WSL owned wave lake

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Feralkook Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 9:21am

WSL "Soggy Sao Sesh", free champagne for the losers to wash that biscuit down, only $32,345.00Au. Probably have to sell a kidney to play their game in Bali.

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memlasurf Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 10:01am

Me thinks my Avatar would be perfectly at home in such salubrious surroundings with is SUP.

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Vic Local Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 11:02am

1 WSL VIP ticket to Bali Pro is the same price as 6 very high end boat trips. Permission to come aboard captain?

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seen Sunday, 3 Mar 2019 at 9:16pm

Ludicrous. And it’s not like they are held in far away, hard to get to spots. A rich smart person would realise they can hire a place way cheaper, buy their own food and drink, and blow off ELo / give a fat bribe (some bogus sponsorship or promise of a future deal) to get access to the surfers, likely for way less and have more fun.

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Mapo1962 Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 at 4:40pm

Is that guy billy McFarlane whi was running the Fyer festival now in charge at WSL ?maybe he’s on day release and sees another opportunity or maybe the wsl have taken a leaf out of his book .

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wax-on-danielson Sunday, 3 Mar 2019 at 9:24am

20 bux says in 2-3 years the area around the comp will he closed off and you have to buy tickets to watch live, who knows what stupid price will be put on it then.

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tubeshooter Sunday, 3 Mar 2019 at 10:18pm

The price of swilling piss behind the velvet rope and being able to high five a few a of the 'athletes' seems a little steep.
Throw in half an hour on the commentary team , unedited , and I'm in.

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indo-dreaming Monday, 4 Mar 2019 at 8:27am

OMG this shit is getting crazy, its seems unbelievable that people would buy/pay for this at those prices, but i bet people will.

USD$22,900 to blow on a few days at Keramas, i could build a really nice house in Indonesia for that.

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tux Monday, 4 Mar 2019 at 10:06am

They already charge to get in if your not a local resident. Previously the local cricket club ran the car parking at bells and collected the gold coin entry fee that then went to the club...I might be wrong but I think the WSL have taken this back

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Vic Local Monday, 4 Mar 2019 at 10:59am

Tux, the magnificent Jan Juc Cricket Club have organised the parking for more than a decade for $2 per vehicle. I've put in hours of collected coins and making sure people don't park each other in on private land. 99% of people are awesome but I've copped a fair bit of shit from the 1 percenters. There's a special lot called VIP 3 for those people. Claiming local status and telling us to fuck off has consequences!!!
The money gets split between the land owner, the club, Surfing Vic etc.
Last year the price went to $5, the first price rise in 20 + years. Raising the price to $3 or $4 (2 coins or change) would have caused even more traffic chaos. Not sure if the WSL has taken over the parking, but I predict chaos if they have. Good luck with the fences and gates fellas. They will have also pissed way their local social licence to run the event for a few bucks if they do.

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tux Monday, 4 Mar 2019 at 12:13pm

Yeah I wasn't 100% on that.

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Oceanliving9356 Monday, 4 Mar 2019 at 10:50am

and for a measly extra $2000 a day you can get a brazzo pro to drop in on you at Snapper and get photos as he pulls into the barrel in front of you. What a bargain