After a successful 2017 event, the Phillip Island Pro will be returning to Bass Coast Shire in 2018 for the second edition of the event, which features brings more than 120 professional surfers to the wave-rich region.
The event will be run from November 2 - 6 at the primary location of Cape Woolamai with the option of moving to other areas of Phillip Island, if necessary. The event will include an Indigenous Invitational, along with a Junior Challenge that will run throughout the waiting period.
"The inaugural Phillip Island Pro was a massive success," said Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson. "To have over 120 competitors involved with 80 percent of them coming from interstate was a massive boost to the local economy. We had an incredible day of waves at Cape Woolamai followed up by two days of great waves at the Penguin Parade. It really showcased how diverse and consistent the surf is in the area."
"We are stoked to have the support of the Bass Coast Shire Council, Phillip Island Nature Parks and Westernport Water to make sure this event happens every year," Robertson added.
The event will continue its commitment to gender equality with equal prize money pool for both men and women, with $10,000 for each division. Bass Coast Shire council Mayor, Cr. Pamela Rothfield, explained that this is integral to the Council's commitment to gender equality in sport.
"I am immensely proud that this event is returning to our beautiful Island where we will showcase not only our fantastic surfing beaches, but importantly our pledge towards gender equality in sport," she continued. "There is no better way to set the standard and provide a positive and encouraging pathway for our young female surfers, than by providing equal opportunities and encouraging equal participation. I sincerely hope that more tournaments will follow our lead to even the playing field."
The World Surf League's Will Hayden-Smith is also looking forward to heading back to Phillip Island in 2018.
"The first event last year was a huge success, we had great waves and super exciting finishes," he said. "The WSL is looking forward to going back to Phillip Island and are really grateful to the Bass Coast Shire and Surfing Victoria for the support and passion for our sport."