A NSW Government partnership with the World Surf League (WSL) will see the world’s best surfers compete in the Sydney Surf Pro at the iconic break of North Narrabeen.
Secured through the NSW Government’s tourism and events agency Destination NSW, the two-year agreement with the WSL will see one of Australia’s premier surfing destinations return to the global stage as a world-class professional surfing location from 2023.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, and Minister for Trade and Industry Stuart Ayres said this was a great opportunity for the famous harbour city to also showcase its spectacular coastline.
“We are incredibly blessed in Sydney to have some of the most beautiful natural backdrops on the planet for hosting world-class sporting events, not least of which are our magnificent beaches,” Mr Ayres said.
“The NSW Government is delighted to partner with the WSL in bringing the Sydney Surf Pro to North Narrabeen and the world’s best surfers and their fans to an iconic Sydney surf break.”
“Securing world-class events like the Sydney Surf Pro will showcase the natural beauty of our city to the world and help us achieve our goal of being the premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific.”
The Sydney Surf Pro will see an international field of over 150 elite male and female surfers descend on Sydney in a week-long battle for a spot on the Championship Tour.
Local Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said the influx of competitors and support staff will provide a huge boost to the local economy and surf culture.
“North Narrabeen is regarded as one of the best beach breaks in Australia and has always been a spiritual home for surfers so it’s only fitting to bring the Sydney Surf Pro to this beach,” said Mr Stokes.
“The benefits to the local economy will be extraordinary and not to mention the experience for the young up and coming surfers from the area having the world’s best back at their home beach.”
The 2022 Sydney Surf Pro will be held at Manly from 17 – 24 May before relocating to North Narrabeen in 2023 and 2024, with dates to be announced later in 2022. For more information visit WorldSurfLeague.com.