AFTER a successful 2017 event, the Phillip Island Pro will be returning to the Bass Coast in 2018 for its second running and will bring more than 120 professional surfers to the wave-rich region.
The QS1000 ranked World Surf League event saw 120 competitors compete last year in incredible conditions that showcased the variety of surf on Phillip Island.
The event will be held from November 2 to 6 at the primary location of Cape Woolamai with the option of moving to other areas of Phillip Island if necessary.
The event will include an Indigenous Invitational along with a Junior Challenge that will run throughout the waiting period.
“The inaugural Phillip Island Pro was a massive success,” Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson said.
“To have more than 120 competitors involved with 80 per cent of them coming from interstate was a massive boost to the local economy.
“We had an incredible day of waves at Cape Woolamai followed up by two days of great waves at the Penguin Parade. It really showcased how diverse and consistent the surf is in the area.
“We are stoked to have the support of the Bass Coast Shire Council, Phillip Island Nature Parks and Westernport Water to make sure this event happens every year.”
The event will continue its commitment to gender equality with equal prize money pool for both Men and Women, $10,000 for each division.
Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained that this commitment to equal prize money is integral to the council’s commitment towards gender equality in sport.
“I am immensely proud that this event is returning to our beautiful Island where we will showcase not only our fantastic surfing beaches, but importantly our pledge towards gender equality in sport,” Cr Rothfield said.
“There is no better way to set the standard and provide a positive and encouraging pathway for our young female surfers, than by providing equal opportunities and encouraging equal participation.
“I sincerely hope that more tournaments will follow our lead to even the playing field.”
The Phillip Island Pro will be held from November 2 to 6.