NARRABEEN is set to host one of the biggest events on the global surfing calendar when the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour comes to town in April.
The event will see some of the world's biggest athletes battle the waves to win a share of more than $1 million in prize money.
"Narrabeen will host a championship event in place of the Gold Coast's Snapper Rocks," NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said.
"NSW will deliver not one, but two CT events in 2021 after the WSL announced Newcastle would host the first CT event in NSW in nearly three decades, in place of the iconic Bells Beach Pro."
This highly coveted Championship Tour will bring much-needed tourism dollars into local shops, cafes, restaurants and accommodation providers.Pittwater MP Rob Stokes
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said Narrabeen is the perfect location to host a globally significant surfing championship.
"This highly coveted Championship Tour will bring much-needed tourism dollars into local shops, cafes, restaurants and accommodation providers on the northern beaches, a timely boost following the recent lockdown during the busy holiday period," he said.
"I'm thrilled to see this spectacular surfing event come to our shores and I know the community will love this opportunity to showcase the local area on a global stage.
"This competition will not only be fantastic to watch but will allow Aussie surfers to put their skills to the ultimate test ahead of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, when surfing is set to make its debut."
World Surf League Asia Pacific general manager Andrew Stark said the Aussie CT leg is looking very different to what we're used to due to COVID-19, with the addition of three new stops.
"Although it's very disappointing to miss locations like Bells Beach and Snapper Rocks this year, we are stoked to add Newcastle and North Narrabeen to the schedule," he said.
The 2021 Championship Tour schedule currently includes events in Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Tahiti, and the United States.
- Rip Curl Newcastle Cup, April 1-11
- Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic, April 16-26
- Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro, May 2-12
- Rip Curl Rottnest Search, May 16-26
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