Stage Set For Opening Day at Pismo Beach Open QS 1,000 @wsl

Courtesy of WSL North America

– California natives ready for opening day opportunity near home
– inaugural women’s event caps off their north america regional qs season

– more information available AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM



Pismo Beach Pier’s northside will host the WSL Men and Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) once more with the 2018 Pismo Beach Open QS 1,000 pres. by Dignity Health. Credit: © WSL / Nichols


PISMO BEACH, California/USA (Wednesday, October 10, 2018) – The World Surf League (WSL) is back on California’s Central Coast for the second annual Pismo Beach Open Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 pres. by Dignity Health running from October 11 – 14 at Pismo Beach Pier. The men are back for QS action as the women join them for an inaugural QS 1,000 event to close out their North America regional season.

The colder waters of Pismo Beach Pier will have fun swell on hand throughout the event window with fun conditions in the forecast for some of North America’s top QS veterans, upcoming talents, and international representatives on hand to vie for 1,000 points.

Defending event champion Cory Arrambide (USA) is back to try and reclaim his title after earning a maiden QS victory last year at this event. The QS veteran knows the need for more events in California is something competitors continue to push for and, with the help of Andy McKay and other contest directors, that need is slowly being filled each year. Arrambide has taken a different approach to this season, taking the foot off the gas pedal and exploring interests away from competition, but looks forward to getting the jersey back on.

“It’s going to be really cool to try and defend my win from last year, but I haven’t thought too much into it without competing a lot this season,” Arrambide said. “I have no pressure and it’s been different in a good way. I have been so one track minded with competing for so long now, I needed to take a breather and find other things that interest me, and those other outlets have been great. But, I’m really exicted showing up to an event after some time off. There should be more contests in California and I applaud all that put in the time and effort to make this event possible — it’s a great a chance for upcoming surfers and locals to compete at a high level.”

Arrambide is joined by the likes of fellow veterans such as former Championship Tour (CT) competitors Brett Simpson (USA) and Nathan Yeomans (USA), as well as an international field including new North America No. 1, Peruvian Lucca Mesinas, along with Brasilian talents Davi Toledo — young brother to current CT Jeep Rankings Leader Felipe — and Pedro Todaro.

Local competitor Joel Bishop (USA) continues to find his footing in the competitive surfing world and events like these help the young, Arroyo Grande, California, native with competition just down the road from his hometown. Bishop grew up surfing in and around Pismo Beach, and now looks to pursue his dream of chasing points when he can. The 21-year-old has his ambitions high and will have to overcome a stacked field if he’s to make them a reality.

“Getting the opportunity to have a QS 1,000 in our area is amazing,” Bishop said. “Having an event that your community can come support and see how hard you have worked is truly a blessing. Since last year’s event I’ve learned how to compete at a higher level of competition and learned the process it takes to accomplish your goals against so many next level competitors.”

This marks another stepping stone for the women’s QS with an additional event to their schedule to end 2018. Ventura native Makena Burke (USA) has shown more of her potential since debuting at the Live Like Zander Junior Pro last season and now has a QS 1,000 win under her belt at just 15. Burke looks for one last result to end 2018 on a high note and is taking into account all she’s learned from a breakthrough year.

“It is a dream come true to be able to showcase my surfing in Pismo, a place not far from home,” Burke said. “Having that extra support can make all the difference when competing. Not many people have much experience surfing Pismo so I think this will be a great opportunity for all the girls. If there is anything I’ve learned from my past few events, having a clear mindset as well as staying in the moment and focusing on my own program plays a huge role in my performance.”

Burke will face off against fellow California standouts, 2018 North America Pro Junior Champ Kirra Pinkerton (USA), 2017 Regional Pro Junior Champ Alyssa Spencer (USA), and 2016 Regional QS Champ Meah Collins (USA) alongside QS threats such as Bailey Nagy (HAW) and Tanika Hoffman (ZAF).

A 7:30 a.m. PDT call will determine an 8:00 a.m. start for men’s Round 1 as women’s Round 1 will be off for the day. Tune in LIVE with a webcast of this event beginning with tomorrow’s start throughout the week.

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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.

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