|MAROUBRA BEACH, SYDNEY (Tuesday, 10 November 2020): The newly announced Australian Open of Surfing series will now welcome events in Port Macquarie and the far south NSW coast as the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, comes on board as a new partner for the series of events.
The series which will now feature eight events that 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.
Each event in NSW will see a total $7000 prize purse with $1500 going to the winner of the Men’s and Women’s divisions.
In addition to a larger prize purse, all events on the series will be webcast live through surfingnsw.com.au and the Surfing NSW Facebook page.
The event in Port Macquarie will be the first Surfing NSW event hosted there in close to five years, while the Far South Coast Open will be the first Surfing NSW event in close to a decade.
NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government was proud to support the series giving a much-needed boost to local hotels, restaurants and attractions, including in areas affected by the summer bushfires.
“Our support for the Australian Open of Surfing has helped Surfing NSW expand the 2020 Series to secure two additional events for regional NSW – the Port Macquarie Open this weekend and the Far South Coast Open in December,” Mr Ayres said.
“The NSW Government has a strong track record of securing surfing events at all levels for our state, and grassroots events such as the Australian Open of Surfing not only inspire our next generation of surfers but also put local towns and businesses on the map.
“More importantly, these events will help us reboot the NSW economy in a COVID-safe way as we recover from the global health pandemic.”
The 2020 Australian Open of Surfing series will see events in:
Sunshine Coast, Qld – 19th – 20th September 2020
Gold Coast, Qld – 31st October – 1st November 2020
Cronulla – 8th – 9th November 2020
Port Macquarie – 14th – 15th November 2020
Kiama – 22nd – 23rd November 2020
Coffs Harbour – 29th – 30th November 2020
Far South Coast Open – 5th – 6th December 2020
Northern Beaches – 13th – 14th December 2020
All events will adhere to strict COVID-19 policies and regulations outlined by the Australian Government and council protocols.
For more information, check out Surfing NSW’s webpage for constant event updates.
The 2020 Australian Open of Surfing NSW series is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event is also supported by Destination Kiama, Coffs Harbour City Council, Sutherland Shire Council, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Eurobodalla Shire Council and Northern Beaches Council.
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