- WSL / Bennett
- WSL / Bennett
Jacob willcox Jacob Wilcox took out the 2016 event at Caba. - WSL / Bennett

The Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro will once again land on the northern tip of NSW when the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1000 rated event kicks off in February 2017 at Cabarita.

The elite five-day competition - which will form the second of four stops on the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series - will take place from 1 - 5 February, 2017.

Over-200 of Australia's and the world's most promising male and female surfers will compete in the event, which will see over 20 different countries represented across both divisions.

To cater for the increased demand for a high calibre competition in the area, the event has been extended by another day, with the men running a round of 172 and the women running a round of 72.

Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden attributed the growth of the Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro to the blossoming relationship between Destination Tweed and Surfing NSW.

"The Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro is one of the most exciting events on the Surfing NSW calendar," Madden said. "Thanks to the blossoming relationship with Destination Tweed, we've been able to bring and grow events in the area over the last three years. We're really excited to come back and continue to showcase the deep talent pool in the region as well as soak up a lot of its natural beauty."

Bill Tatchell, Chief Executive Officer of Destination Tweed shared the same sentiments.

Makaela Greene Mikaela Greene will be back in 2017 to defend her title. - WSL

"Destination Tweed is equally excited about the Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro and what it brings to the region," said Tatchell. "Seeing some of the best up-and-coming surfers competing at Cabarita is great for all local surfers and we hope it gives the young local surfers something to aspire towards as they get older."

WSL Australia/Oceania Regional Manager Will Hayden-Smith added:

connor O'Leary 2017 CT debutant Conor O'Leary at the 2016 event. - WSL

"WSL is really looking forward to getting back to the Tweed Coast. Last year's event had great waves and a solid field. We are stoked to be able to provide an event that gives an opportunity for QS points for the up-and-comers and give the experienced campaigners a chance to warm up for their 2017 season. Big thanks to Surfing NSW and all the sponsors for making this all come together."

Winners 2016 event winners Mikaela Greene and Jacob Wilcox. - WSL / Bennett
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