The Carve Pro will once again call Maroubra home when the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 event kicks off on the Eastern Sydney beach tomorrow. The elite four-day competition is the first WSL QS event on the Australia / Oceania calendar. The event will play host to 200 of Australia’s and the world’s most promising male and female surfers. All competitors will be hoping to get their 2017 competitive seasons off to a good start.
Fresh from becoming the Women’s World Junior Champion (WJC), Central Coaster Macy Callaghan comes into the Carve Pro as No.2 seed. Although Callaghan took out the WJC in devastating fashion, the 16-year-old is all too aware that QS events are a totally different kettle of fish. “These QS1,000 events are super important to me,” Callaghan said. “It gives me a chance to surf against the older girls who have more experience which is a great warm up for the major QS events in the coming months. It’s been really crazy since the WJC wrapped up. My friends and family have been a great support while I’ve been taking it all in. I’m looking forward to Maroubra where I can get back out there and keep competing.”
Newcastle ripper Jackson Baker had a break through year on the QS in 2017 stringing together a number of finals finishes and even a win in Japan at the Yumeya Surfing Games Tahara Pro QS1,000. Baker is familiar with the beach break peaks of Maroubra and will look to use this experience as he aims for a win to kick of 2017. “I’m feeling good coming into the Carve Pro,” Baker said. “I’ve been training really hard over the off season and have a big year ahead so I’m hoping for a big result at Maroubra. I’ve been competing in events at Maroubra since I was 9-year-old so I have good experience there. I’m hoping to get a win and start off my 2017 with a bang.”
Young Maroubra local, Max McGuigan, was awarded a sponsors wildcard into the event by Carve. At only 16-years-of-age, McGuigan is excited at the prospect of sharing his local break with some of the world’s best. “The Carve Pro is such a good event for the Maroubra area” said McGuigan. “Since it’s upgrade from a Pro Junior event, it has become one event that every single local wants to take out. I hope we can all put on a decent show and the waves turn up for us.”
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres is a massive supporter of the Carve Pro as he knows its importance to the local community. “The Carve Pro is a great local event for Maroubra, bringing some of Australia’s and the world’s best surfers to Sydney” Ayres said. “It’s great for local surfing fans and it’s great for local businesses too – the 2017 NSW Pro Surf Series will contribute over $1.8 million to the NSW economy in visitor spend, attracting 1,000 overnight visitors to the four event locations.”
The 2017 Carve Pro Maroubra QS1,000 will run from January 19 -22. It will be broadcast live at www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App. The event will form the first of four stops on the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series. The Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series was developed for Australian and International surfers to gain ranking points and prize money on the WSL Qualifying Series. The Series also creates a NSW coastal road trip for all to explore the variety of waves, visit local communities and enjoy NSW surfing culture.
The 2017 Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series will be proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The series will also be proudly supported by Vissla, Randwick City Council, Central Coast Council, Destination Tweed, Great Lakes Council and Tourism, NBN, Toyota, Surfing Life Magazine, World Surf League and Surfing NSW. #visslanswprosurfseries