Australia's best young surfers will light up beaches around the country when the Subway® Surf Series returns for its second year - to support the nation's best young surfing talent - along with a new and exciting association with the World Surf League.
The 10-event series will include seven qualifying Subway® Pro-Juniors and three non-qualifying Subway® Surf Series events.
Ambassador Joel Parkinson was thrilled to be part of the Subway® Surf Series for another year and said the new association with the WSL would help launch young surfing careers onto the world stage.
"I'm stoked the junior surfers participating in the Subway® Surf Series will gain greater recognition for their talents and Subway is fueling them to go achieve their dreams. It's fantastic to see opportunities like this exist now and provide that crucial link for surfers moving up the ranks," Parkinson said.
The WSL sanctioned Subway® Pro Junior events, which includes 18 and under boys and girls divisions, form part of the 2016 WSL Australasian Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), providing the winning athletes with an opportunity to win a coveted world title, at the WSL Junior Championships in early 2017.
"WSL Australasia is thrilled to be partnering with Subway® and Surfing Australia for our Junior Qualifying Series next year," said WSL Australasia Tour Manager Will Hayden-Smith.
"The seven events from January to April will be the perfect training ground for our young surfers to prepare to become professional athletes as they compete at a variety of world-class surf breaks around Australia."
The winners of the three non-qualifying events, catering to both 18 and under and 16 and under girls and boys divisions, will attend a Subway® Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre at Casuarina.
Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said the Subway® Surf Series is a critically important national junior surfing program, part of the Surfing Australia sport development pathway.
"We are extremely excited this year to announce the Subway® Surf Series will also act as the WSL Australasia Junior Qualifying Series, and will offer Australian junior surfers seven fantastic events across five states in iconic surf locations," Stark said.
"This is a step in the right direction for WSL pro junior surfing and we are pleased to partner with the WSL and Subway®, to deliver the exciting series," Stark concluded.
Proudly supported by WSL, Surfing Australia and Billabong, the Subway® Surf Series was created to fill a competition void which exists at a crucial point in the development of Australia's leading junior surfers.
Gina Kahler, Regional Marketing Director, Subway® Australia and New Zealand, said she was delighted the Subway® Surf Series was entering its second year.
"Subway® Restaurants fuels Australian consumers with the energy they need to go and get the most out of life, which is exactly what our junior surfers are doing," Kahler said.
"We hope the Subway® Surf Series continues to inspire young Australians to be healthy and active this summer - to eat well - and go do the things they love to do," Kahler concluded.
WSL Championship Tour female competitor Laura Enever also joins Parkinson as an ambassador for the Subway® Surf Series, attending events and mentoring junior surfers.
"I'm so happy to see the partnership with the Subway® Surf Series and the WSL. The Pro Junior Qualifying Series was such an important part of my junior career and it's great that the kids coming through the ranks today will have the same opportunities with these events added. It gives them so much to work towards and look forward too. I can't wait to watch." Enever said.
2016 SUBWAY® PRO JUNIORS
Entries open via WSL website in November:
EVENT 4 - Gold Coast, QLD - January 19-20, 2016
EVENT 5 - Margaret River, WA - February 6-7, 2016
EVENT 6 - Avoca, NSW - February 13-14, 2016
EVENT 7 - Philip Island, VIC - March 5-6, 2016
EVENT 8 - Fleurieu Peninsula, SA - March 19-20, 2016
EVENT 9 - Kiama, NSW - April 9-10, 2016
EVENT 10 - Cronulla, NSW - April 30 - 1st May, 2016