• 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.

WJC champion

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.

Jack freestone world junior champion 2010
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.

Event purses:

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