Newcastle and Port Stephens will host three major surfing events in the space of four months with the World Surf League (WSL) women’s qualifying series finale being added to the mix.
Birubi Beach was on Thursday officially announced as the venue to host next month’s crucial season-ending event, which could help Merewether’s Philippa Anderson make the 2018 WSL championship tour.
This 6000-point competition, scheduled between November 2 and 5, will be followed by the 2017-2018 Australian Boardriders Battle final at Newcastle Beach in February (14-16) and time-honoured Surfest at Merewether the next week (February 19-25).
The same event WSL women’s qualifying series event was held in Cronulla last year but will now be called the 2017 Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro.
“Port Stephens is one of the most famed surf spots in Australia and I am looking forward to welcoming some of the world’s best surfers to our stunning region in just a few weeks,” Parliamentary secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald told WSL media.