Top surf talents return to Tweed
More than 200 Australian and international surfers are set to collide on the Tweed Coast in 2018.
The Tweed Coast Pro, part of the NSW Pro Surf Series, has been confirmed for Cabarita Beach for a third year after kicking off in 2016.
The World Surf League QS1000 event was developed for Australian and international surfers to gain ranking points on the WSL Qualifying Series.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the series, which also stops at Maroubra Beach in Sydney, Boomerang Beach at the Great Lakes and Avoca Beach on the Central Coast, provided a significant boost for local tourism.
“The 2017 series contributed over $1.1 million to the NSW visitor economy, attracting more than 800 overnight visitors to the four event locations,” Marshall said.
“I look forward to seeing Cabarita Beach packed with competitors and spectators next summer.”
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the Tweed Coast was the obvious choice for the event.
“The region has a long association with surfing and is home to great surf breaks including Cabarita, Duranbah and Kingscliff,” he said.
“The Tweed Coast Pro has been a highlight of the summer for the past two years and we’re looking forward to welcoming (it) back in 2018.”
Past winners include Ren Hashimoto (Japan) and Ty Watson (Australia), and inaugural winner, Gold Coast-based professional Mikaela Greene.
GREENE MACHINE: Mikaela Greene won the Tweed Coast Pro in 2016.