Top surf tal­ents re­turn to Tweed

Tweed Daily News - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

GREENE MA­CHINE: Mikaela Greene won the Tweed Coast Pro in 2016.

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