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URBNSURF Melbourne hosts the Rip Curl Pro URBNSURF, a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series event.
URBNSURF Melbourne is set to host an Australia-first surf competition in a surf park this summer - the Rip Curl Pro URBNSURF, a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series event.
With 80 of Australia / Oceania’s best surfers competing for valuable qualification points, while live music acts add to the summer vibes on, the Rip Curl Pro URBNSURF Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 is set to be a don’t-miss summer’s day out.
On Saturday 10th December, 80 male and female surfers from across Australia / Oceania will compete in the Rip Curl Pro URBNSURF QS1,000 at URBNSURF Melbourne in the first World Surf League QS competition to be held in a Wavegarden Cove.
As always, the waves will be pumping at URBNSURF as 40 men and 40 women surfers carve it up on the left and right handers at the point, while live acoustic music adds to the summer vibe from The Lawns and brings the park to life.
Local surfers, Tully Wylie and Ellie Harrison, are set to join Australia’s best up and coming surfers to compete in the Rip Curl Pro URBNSURF QS1,000 event, which offers $20,000 in prize money and valuable regional qualification points.
Fans of surfing can check out all the action at URBNSURF with general admission entry tickets starting at only $10 to watch all the action in the waves, listen to live tunes and enjoy a range of other activities happening in the park.
A perfect way to kick start summer with a full day of action-packed fun complete with food and drinks. The event will kick off at approximately 10am and the Final will wrap up at 6pm.
URBNSURF will work with Surfing Victoria, Surfing Australia, and the WSL to deliver the event as well as a live broadcast streaming across WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL’s YouTube channel, and the free WSL app.
“URBNSURF has been the base of so many ‘firsts’ this year, we had a world-first with Winter Jam in August and now we have a WSL Qualifying Series event in Australia’s first surf park, perfectly timed to kick off what is set to be a cracking summer at URBNSURF,” said Damon Tudor, CEO URBNSURF.
“We are so lucky to have a park that has the unique Wavegarden technology, open and undercover spaces and the awesome team of staff to facilitate and host large events like the Rip Curl Pro QS1,000. We cannot wait to welcome some of the best homegrown surfing talent from across the region, serve up perfect waves and celebrate with fans of the sport and surfing lifestyle” Tudor added.
Local surfer and recent Phillip Island Pro QS1,000 Men’s event winner Tully Wylie says he is “so excited to compete for qualification points in a World Surf League event at URBNSURF. I was lucky enough to compete in the first event held in the lagoon and know how epic the experience will be for competitors and spectators. No doubt the event will attract the best surfers in Australia given its significance but the Victorians will have the home-field advantage as we train here so much with Surfing Victoria".
Andrew Stark, WSL APAC President, commented on the new WSL Qualifying Series event at URBNSURF: “The WSL is extremely excited to be working with URBNSURF Melbourne to deliver this QS1,000 event for our members and fans. It’s a unique facility and offers a great opportunity to deliver a QS1,000 in a one-day format. This is the first official WSL QS to be held in wave pool technology, so we are very interested to see the event come to life in such a unique setting and wave.”