2018 Port Stephens Toyota Pro To See Some of Surfing’s Top Females Do Battle @wsl

Courtesy of WSL Australia / Oceania

– The 2018 women’s Qualifying Series will culminate with a 6000 rated event at Birubi
– A handful of Championship Tour competitors will headline the show from November 8 – 13
– more information at www.worldsurfleague.com



Currently ranked 14th on the WSL Championship Tour, Sage Erickson (USA) is looking forward to returning to the Port Stephens region and finishing her 2018 campaign off with a bang. Credit: © WSL / Ethan Smith


Coolangatta, Gold Coast  QLD/AUS (Thursday, 18th October 2018) –  With less than a month until the Port Stephens Toyota Pro, some of the world’s best and most high-profile female surfers are gearing up to head to the idyllic region.

The elite World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) competitions – which will run from the 8 – 13 November – will comprise of Women’s 6,000 and Men’s 1,000 rated divisions and provide the women with a healthy boost of points to finish their 2018 QS campaigns.
Currently ranked 14th on the World Championship Tour and 2017 Port Stephens Toyota Pro competitor Sage Erickson (USA) is looking forward to returning to the Port Stephens region and finishing her 2018 campaign off with a bang.
“Events of this level make and break years,” Erickson said. “This will be a huge opportunity for me to capitalise on a not so good year on the Championship Tour and confirm my top spot on the QS and the same goes for others. Birubi is a great consistent wave as well. Last year we absolutely scored and I’m confident the same will happen this year. I appreciate the commitment from WSL Australia / Oceania for choosing to have a grand finale in such an awesome location.”
Having received a wildcard into the Women’s QS 6,000 event and currently 10th position on the WSL Championship Tour, Nikki Van Dijk (Phillip Island, Vic) is eager to venture north to compete in the Port Stephens Toyota Pro for her first time.
“This will be my first time competing at this event so I’m really excited to suss out Birubi Beach,” Van Dijk said. “The waves at last year’s event looked so good so I’m hoping we get more of the same this year. This is a big event for the QS competitors but also for the Championship Tour surfers as it can help to lock us in on the CT for next year. It will also play out as a really good warm up before heading to Maui as the competition will be just as fierce.”
Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden praised the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders for getting the event off the ground for the second year in a row.
“The Port Stephens Toyota Pro is truly a collaboration of efforts from all stakeholders as well as the local community. I think I speak for all parties when I say that we’re all looking forward to seeing the 2018 Women’s Qualifying Series wrap up in this beautiful part of the world in the forthcoming weeks,” said Madden.
WSL Australia / Oceania General Manager Andrew Stark shared Madden’s excitement at seeing the event return.
“We’re really proud to see the 2018 Women’s Qualifying Series culminate with a top rated 6000 event on Australian shores,” Said WSL Australia / Oceania General Manager Andrew Stark. “Last year Port Stephens provided incredible waves for our competitors so it is great to be returning to Birubi Beach this year. This event is one of the most important on the WSL QS calendar as it will decide who will qualify for the elite Championship Tour in 2019. An event of this importance will gain the attention of the surfing world while pitting some of the sport’s biggest names against the next generation of World Title hopefuls. WSL would like to thank and acknowledge the event’s key partners who make this event possible, including Burton Toyota, Destination NSW, Surfing NSW along with the Port Stephens Council and community.”

The 2018 Port Stephens Toyota Pro will run from November 8 – 13.  For more information, images, highlights and results head to  www.worldsurfleague.com  or check the free WSL App.
Joining the Men’s QS1,000 and Women’s QS6,000 components of the event will be the Open Women’s Pro-AM and Kaos Surf PRD Cadet Cup which will run over the 3 – 4 November. Both events will give amateur women and promising junior stars the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in women’s surfing. Divisions in the Kaos Surf PRD Cadet Cup will comprise of Under 16 Boys and Girls, Under 14 Boys and Girls, Under 12 Boys and Girls and Under 10 Boys and Girls.
All information on the Open Women’s Pro-AM and the Kaos Surf PRD Cadet Cup is available on surfingnsw.com.au
The 2018 Port Stephens Toyota Pro couldn’t happen without the support of the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The entire event will run from November 3 – 13. For more information and a live broadcast head to worldsurfleague.com and check the WSL App.
The 2018 Port Stephens Toyota Pro is also supported by Port Stephens Toyota, Port Stephens Council, AirAsia, Kaos Surf, PRD Nationwide, Wanderers Retreat, The Oasis Eco Retreat, KeySun, Murrays Brewery, Newcastle Airport, Surfing NSW and WSL.

About the WSL
The World Surf League (WSL) is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The organization, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, annually running more than 180 global events across the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed Men’s and Women’s World Champions across all tours.Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright, John Florence, Lakey Peterson, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Taylor Jensen, Honolua Blomfield, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most dynamic field of play of any global sport.

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