MAROUBRA BEACH, SYDNEY (Wednesday, 21 April 2021): The 2021 Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth will call Wollongong home this July.
The event will see close to 300 of NSW’s best junior surfers competing for a coveted state title when the event kicks off from the 14 – 21 July 2021 on the Illawarra beaches.
Unlike previous years, where all qualifiers for the Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth were determined by eight individual regional titles, the 2021 event will invite all junior competitors to enter in their respective age divisions. However, any surfers who have qualified at their respective regionals will hold down positions in the higher seeded round of the event.
Destination Wollongong General Manager Mark Sleigh said the event was a timely boost for an industry that has endured challenging times.
“To have hundreds of visitors descend on our region during winter is obviously a great boost for our accommodation providers and the hospitality industry during what is traditionally a softer period,” he said. “The titles are also an ideal opportunity to showcase our family-friendly product, highlight our amazing beaches and remind people that we really are Sydney’s playground.”
Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden thanked the Coffs Harbour region for hosting the event for the last three years and looks forward to seeing the event shift south of Sydney in 2021.
“The Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles is one of the blue-ribbon events on the Surfing NSW calendar and we can’t wait to see it land in the Illawarra region for 2021. The event ran fantastically in Coffs Harbour since 2018 and we thank them for all their support, while we also welcome the warm reception from Destination Wollongong. We can’t wait to see what the event has to offer.”
The last two days of the event will comprise of the NSW School Surfing Titles.
2021 will be the eleventh year Surfing NSW will combine the NSW School Surfing Titles into the event.
Competitors will be vying for an NSW Junior Title and in turn, earn their position into the upcoming 2021 Australian Junior Surfing Titles, which will take place in Queensland at the end of the year.
Former competitors in the NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth include current World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) surfers Owen, Mikey and Tyler Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons, Wade Carmichael and Connor O’Leary.
The event will be fully mobile in the Illawarra area with Thirroul, Wonoona, Bellambi, Wollongong, Bulli and Stanwell Park and Sandon Point all venue options.
The daily schedule and location will be confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am each day. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
The Woolworths NSW Junior Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth will be proudly supported by Woolworths, Wollongong City Council and Surfing NSW.
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