Courtesy of WSL – World Surf League
-Men’s qualifying series bound for Pismo Beach
November 17 -19
– first-Ever WSL event at Pismo Beach Pier locked in
– more AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM
|HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/ USA (Monday, May 1, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) North America region is excited to announce the addition of another men’s Qualifying Series (QS) event this year with the Pismo Beach Open QS1,000 presented by Dignity Health, November 17 – 19. This marks the first-ever WSL event to take place in Pismo Beach and also joins as the third event in California alongside the Shoe City Pro and Jack’s Surfboards Pro that offer valuable regional points.
Contest director Andy McKay pushed for this event after seeing last year’s QS schedule and felt compelled to do something to make it stronger. Now, McKay, along with the support of sponsors and his hometown community, has the chance to help that cause.
“My nephew, Austin Neumann, was a rookie competitor last year on the on the QS and there was only one lower level event in California last year on the schedule,” McKay said. “This sparked the idea in my head — California needed more events. My hometown of Pismo Beach is perfect to host a QS1000 event. I knew our community would rally around the idea of hosting a WSL contest. The city and local businesses have been very supportive.”
“California specifically should be hosting more events,” McKay added. “The QS system is set up to nurture young surfers and meaningful contests are severely lacking in our state. After kids age out of the NSSA and WSA, they have nowhere to go. More North America events are needed to keep talented American surfers competing and moving up the ranks of the WSL and hopefully qualify for the Championship Tour someday.”
The contest will be held at the Pismo Beach Pier, which McKay notes is a great venue to add as a “wildcard” with its sporadic conditions in the winter months. But, 2016 North America QS Regional Champion Kilian Garland (USA) is one who’s grown up surfing Pismo, among other Central Coast breaks, and couldn’t be more excited about the news.
“This area has a lot of talent, but it is hard to be recognized and gain exposure if you come from the Central Coast,” Garland said. “I am stoked to hear that the event is confirmed, this is a great opportunity for all Californian surfers. I grew up surfing amateur contest in Pismo and I have always thought it was a great contest venue. It is so cool to see such a solid tour for the North America region this year. I am stoked to be a part of it and it gets me fired up to do my best to defend my North America ratings title.”
Fellow Central Coast surfer and Pismo Beach-native, Austin Neumann (USA), began chasing the QS last year as a full-time rookie and relishes the opportunity to compete at home with now three events in California this year. The 20-year-old still has plenty of experience to gain on the QS, but, with only one event on schedule within reach due to points, Neumann’s talents and mental strength were tested on the road.
“It’s super exciting to have an event in my backyard,” Neumann said. “We have the perfect setup for an event so I am pumped to see it actually happening and hopefully keep happening. It really means a lot for us on the Central Coast. [It’s a] great opportunity to get us on the map and get some valuable points. It’s also all the more comforting for us to be sleeping in our own bed and having the community’s support really is going to be huge.”
The Pismo Beach Open QS1,000 presented by Dignity Health will take place at the Pismo Beach Pier November 17 – 19.
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The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), 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 League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly 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, running in excess of 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 world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour.
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