Billabong and Hurley to Stage Australian Open of Surfing
The Billabong World Junior Surfing Championships have just got a whole lot bigger with news that Billabong is teaming with Hurley to stage the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach in Sydney from 2012.
The event will see the Billabong World Juniors move from its traditional January date into the newly created Australian Open of Surfing competition window from 11-19 February.
The Australian Open of Surfing, presented by Hurley and Billabong, will also include 6-star Association of Surfing Professionals events for both men and women, along with skate competitions and music, fashion and art events.
It promises to be a huge event and it was unveiled in Sydney today by Hurley founder Bob Hurley and Billabong CEO Derek O’Neill, along with Events NSW, IMG, Manly Council and Surfing NSW.
Also in attendance were surfing greats including former world champions Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew, Barton Lynch, Mark Occhilupo and Mick Fanning.
The event will bring together the best elements from the World Junior Championships and California’s US Open of Surfing.
So, bookmark the dates as it looks like being an incredible prelude to the 2012 surfing season.
Mens ASP 6 star - $250,000
Womens ASP 6 star - $80,000
Australian Open Mens World Juniors - $75,000
Australian Open Women's World Junior - $20,000
Skate Event - $75,000