The opening event of the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series will kickstart an action-packed year of surfing in NSW and Australia, with the first event, the 2022 CARVE Great Lakes Pro at Boomerang Beach in the Barrington Coast.
The elite four-day World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1000 rated event is the first of four stops on the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series and will take place at Boomerang Beach from 22-25 February 2022.
The four-event series will see three QS1000 rated events (Maroubra, Great Lakes and Port Stephens) and one men’s and women’s QS3000 (Central Coast).
The contest at Boomerang Beach is the first Qualifying Series event globally in 2022. The Qualifying Series will run from February through to May 2022 and determine who has qualified for the World Surf League’s Challenger Series (CS), which will run from May through to December.
It's the first time a regionalised format of the Qualifying Series has been implemented, with each region allocated a quota of surfers who can qualify for the Challenger Series.
“The Great Lakes Pro is one of the most exciting events on the Surfing NSW calendar and we couldn’t think of a better place to kick off the professional surfing year in Australia,” said Surfing NSW CEO, Luke Madden.
Newcastle’s Philippa Anderson has been surfing at Boomerang Beach with her brother Craig for over a decade, and says there’s no better place to start the competitive year.
“We’ve had so many contests at Boomerang Beach over the years from juniors right through to elite events and the waves always turn on for us. Every event there has been great conditions, no matter the swell, you know you’ll get good waves which gives us a solid base to show what we’re capable of,” she said. “It’s not just the waves, the whole area has the best laid-back small-town feeling combined with uncrowded, picturesque beaches.”