North Narrabeen: World surfing competition is on the way to the Beaches

SUPPORT: Surfers and North Narrabeen locals Laura Enever and two-time world surfing champion Damien Hardman have praised the event coming to the Beaches. Picture: Nadine Morton
SUPPORT: Surfers and North Narrabeen locals Laura Enever and two-time world surfing champion Damien Hardman have praised the event coming to the Beaches. Picture: Nadine Morton

NORTHERN beaches businesses are expected to see a $15 million boost thanks to a world surfing event coming to North Narrabeen in April.

Uncertainty around continuing Queensland border closures during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant Gold Coast's loss has been the northern beaches gain.

It was announced on Tuesday that a round of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour will be held at North Narrabeen in April, rather than the usual Snapper Rocks location in QLD.

It's the first world tour event in North Narrabeen since the late 1990s and Pittwater MP Rob Stokes said local businesses will reap the benefits from the million-dollar boost.

"It is a huge boost to a lot of retailers really doing it tough, not to mention a whole lot of accommodation venues that lost thousands and thousands of dollars over the Christmas period. This is an opportunity to claw some of that back and put Narrabeen back on the map," he said.

SURF'S UP: North Narrabeen local Laura Enever has scored a wild card entry into the Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic in April. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

SURF'S UP: North Narrabeen local Laura Enever has scored a wild card entry into the Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic in April. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

"Airbnbs and the local tourist industry really took a hit so this is a huge commitment to ensuring that those businesses can at least have a couple of good months ahead."

Mr Stokes said North Narrabeen is truly an iconic destination for surfers and he hopes that a successful event will bring other similar competitions to the Beaches into the future.

North Narrabeen resident and former World Junior Champion, Laura Enever, has scored a wild card entry into the event and she said she can't wait to take part.

"The last time I competed here was back in 2010 at the World Junior Championship Tour and I actually won that and that was one of the best wins of my career," she said.

Mayor Michael Regan said many northern beaches businesses that suffered during the COVID lockdowns would feel a boost from the upcoming surfing event.

The window for the Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic is April 16-26, with the event to take place across five days in this time slot.

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