The Vissla Central Coast Pro pres. by Slimes Boardstore will form the final event on the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series, when the competition hits Avoca in March 2018.
The elite five-day World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 rated competition will take place from 7 – 11 March 2018.
Over 200 male and female surfers will compete in the event, which will see over 18 different countries represented across both divisions.
The Vissla Central Coast Pro pres. by Slimes Boardstore will be the second event in the NSW Pro Surf Series in which Vissla is the naming-rights sponsor.
Vissla’s John Mossop has voiced his excitement at not only sponsoring the entirety of the NSW Pro Surf Series, but also the final two events in the series.
“We’re incredibly proud to continue supporting the professional surfing pathway through events like the Vissla Central Coast Pro pres. by Slimes Boardstore,” said Mossop. “Having local support from the likes of Slimes is a great way of a core Central Coast retailer giving back to the local surfing community. Hopefully, the waves turn up like they did in 2017.”
Slimes Boardstore owner Paul Green shared similar sentiments and is looking forward to seeing the local talent shining when they go up against some of the world’s best when the event kicks off.
“Being able to support such a high calibre event in our backyard is the perfect opportunity to give back to the local surfing community,” said Green. “Avoca and its surrounding beaches are awesome and can handle most surf conditions, so we strongly urge all locals and visiting surfers to sink their teeth into the region when this event kicks off.”
Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the event was a firm favourite on the Central Coast’s summer sports calendar.
“The Central Coast Pro showcases our stunning region to hundreds of surfers and fans from around the world, and I’m delighted to welcome them back to the coast for a third consecutive year,” Mr Crouch said.
“As part of the NSW Pro Surf Series, this event provides a significant boost to local businesses and accommodation providers and I’m looking forward to seeing Avoca Beach packed with competitors and spectators in March.”
Previous event champions include CT surfer and local Adrian Buchan, former World Championship Tour surfer Justine Dupont (France) and former US Open of Surfing champion Hiroto Ohhara (Japan).
Event dates and locations:
Event One: Carve Pro
Location: Maroubra Beach
Date: January 18th – 21st, 2018
Event Two: Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro
Location: Cabarita Beach
Date: January 31st – February 4th, 2018
Event Three: Vissla Great Lakes Pro pres. by D’Blanc
Location: Boomerang Beach
Date: February 7th – 11th, 2018
Event Four: Vissla Central Coast Pro pres. by Slimes Boardstore
Location: Avoca Beach
Date: March 7th – 11th, 2018
The Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series was developed for Australian and international surfers to gain ranking points and prize money on the WSL Qualifying Series. The Series also creates a NSW coastal road trip for all to explore the variety of waves, visit local communities and enjoy NSW surfing culture.
More information on accommodation and the event series will be housed at nswprosurfseries.com
The 2018 NSW Pro Surf Series will be proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The series will also be proudly supported by Vissla, Randwick City Council, Central Coast Council, Destination Tweed, Mid Coast Council and Tourism, NBN, Toyota, Coastalwatch, World Surf League and Surfing NSW.