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Nearly 200 professional surfers from all over the world will partake in the Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro when the elite World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1000 event lands in Cabarita.

The elite four-day competition - which will form the second of four stops on the recently announced NSW Pro Surf Series - will take place from 1 - 4 February, 2016.

To cater for the increased demand for a high caliber competition in the area, the event has been extended by another day with the men running a round of 144 and the women running a round of 48.

In addition to the enlarged draw and longer event window, Telstra Tweed Stores have come onboard as naming rights sponsor.

Telstra Tweed Marketing Manager Scott Fletcher, sees the partnership as the perfect opportunity to give back to the local surfing community.

"As a proud sponsor of Cabarita Boardriders, we're excited to extend our support to the club and the local community by partnering with Surfing NSW for the next three years to help make this new QS event at Cabarita, a huge success for the community as well as the competitors. "

Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, said: "The NSW Pro Surf Series is a great regional event, supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW. With some of Australia's top surfers coming to Cabarita Beach to compete, the event will provide a great boost to our local visitor economy and showcase the beautiful beaches we have here in the Tweed."

A range of wildcards have been awarded to the event: Lost Surfboards wildcard: Asher whales Cabarita Boardriders wildcards: Chris "Chippa" Wilson, Damien Norman and Sophia Fulton. WSL wildcards: Nathan Hedge, Kai Hing and Brent Savage.

The final day of the Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro will be streamed live via worldsurfleague.com

NSW Pro Surf Series Dates and Locations: Carve Pro - Maroubra Beach, NSW 15-17 January, 2016 Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro - Cabarita Beach, NSW 1 - 4 Feb 2016 Central Coast Pro - Avoca Beach, NSW 9 - 12 Feb 2016 Komunity Project Great Lakes Pro presented by Rockstar Energy Drink - Boomerang Beach, NSW 15 - 18 Feb 2016

The 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.

Surfing NSW are pleased to welcome Big4 North Star Holiday Resort and Caravan Park - as well as Ripples Cafe - as the official accommodation and catering partners for the event. Competitors are encouraged to stay at the accommodation and can visit northstar.com.au or call 1800 645 790 to book. Discounted rates, free breakfast and exclusive night meals are available for all competitors.

The 2016 NSW Pro Surf Series is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The series is also proudly supported by Randwick City Council, Gosford City Council, Destination Tweed, Great Lakes Council & Tourism, NBN, GoGet, Lost Surfboards, World Surf League and Surfing NSW.

About Destination Tweed: Destination Tweed is a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting the Tweed region as a holiday and business destination. Please visit destinationtweed.com.au for a range of extra accommodation options as well as information on travel, local events and experiences in the area.

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