Due to recent border closures and the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic the Australian Open of Surfing will no longer be an interstate tour for 2020 but rather individual events across Qld and NSW.
“Due to the uncertainty with border closures, the 2020 Australian Open Of Surfing will now be six stand-alone events in Qld and NSW open to all Australian surfers able to compete provided they are abiding by Government regulations,” said Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden.
The events will take place in the latter months of 2020 and provide professional and aspiring surfers with the opportunity to win prize money and gain momentum going into 2021.
All events are COVID-19 safe and will abide by border closures but if surfers are legally allowed in that state, then they can compete.
Entries to all events are gauged and based off the 2020 World Surf League (WSL) Qualification Series (QS) rankings.
Former WSL Championship Tour and current coach to World Champion Tyler Wright, Glenn Hall emphasised the importance of a like this for surfers to keep their competitive skills intact.
“I would encourage any surfers I’m working with to enter an event like this in order to keep their blade sharp and to remain competitive,” said Hall.
The 2020 Australian Open of Surfing will see events in:
Sunshine Coast, Qld – 19th – 20th September 2020 – Entries open Monday, 17th August at 5pm
Gold Coast, Qld – 31st October – 1st November 2020 – Entries open Monday, 17th August at 5pm
Cronulla – 8th – 9th November, 2020 – Entries open Monday, 7th September at 5pm
Victoria – Date and location TBC
Kiama – 22nd – 23rd November, 2020 – Entries open Monday, 7th September at 5pm
Coffs Harbour – 29th – 30th November, 2020 – Entries open Monday, 7th September at 5pm
Northern Beaches – 13th – 14th December, 2020 – Entries open Monday, 7th September at 5pm
The 2020 Australian Open of Surfing events were created for Australia’s best surfers in iconic Australian surf locations.
All Surfing NSW events are in line with the current NSW public health order and we work with Sport NSW and NSW Office of Sport on all plans. Surfing NSW has developed a COVID safety plan to ensure the safety of all staff, participants and local stakeholders.
More information will be released in the coming week via Surfing NSW’s social platforms.
The NSW events in the 2020 Australian Open of Surfing is proudly supported Kiama Municipal Council, Coffs Harbour City Council, Sutherland Shire Council and Northern Beaches Council.