After its rebirth in 2015, The Burleigh Pro presented by Bruce Lynton Land Rover is back for 2016 and is shaping up to be bigger than ever. As it did last year, the 2016 event carries a QS,1000 rating and will host both Men's and Women's divisions over a three day instalment from January 29-31.
Given where the event is situated on the World Surf League events calendar, the Burleigh Pro presented by Bruce Lynton Land Rover will no doubt be the event for Championship Tour athletes to warm for both the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro's at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast.
"It goes without saying that the Gold Coast's iconic Burleigh Heads is at the benchmark of world class locations for a Qualifying Series (QS) event," said Surfing Queensland's Event Manager Cory Roberts.
"It offers athletes one of the world's best right hand point breaks to compete with only three other guys in the water and spectators with the perfect natural amphitheater to witness all the action both in and out of the surf," Cory continued.
Former Championship Tour surfer and last year's winner of the Burleigh Pro Dimity Stoyle (AUS) will again be looking to start this year the way she did the last and put on a solid showing to defend her victory at the prestigious Burleigh Pro presented by Bruce Lynton Land Rover, now the fourth stop on the Women's QS.
"I grew up surfing right hand point breaks and have competed in some of the best waves around the world so to start the year off with a QS, at what is one of the best right hand point breaks close to home, with only three other girls out is an ideal start to my competitive agenda," Stoyle said.
Among those up against Stoyle will be last year's Burleigh Pro runner-up and 21st ranked Women's CT surfer for 2015, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) who will aim to improve on her second place finish with an overall victory and a solid jump on the all-important Women's Qualifying Series leaderboard.
Also competing in the highly regarded event is Sunshine Coast's Keely Andrew who has qualified for the women's CT this year and will use the Burleigh Pro presented by Bruce Lynton Land Rover as a warm-up for the 2016 Roxy Pro at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast.
"It's certainly not an easy event and last year proved that with the caliber of surfers who competed at the event last year, not to mention the local Queensland talent who are known for their high standard of competing." Stoyle added.
The stacked men's round of 96 has an array competitors stretching right here from Queensland's best through to those interstate and even around the globe with the event attracting international talent from Indonesia, North America, France, Brazil and even Japan.