The Carve Pro will light up Maroubra Beach from this January when it kick-starts the 2019 World Surf League Australia/Oceania Qualifying Series (QS) leg.
The elite four-day QS 1000 rated event will form the first of three stops on the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series and will take place in Maroubra Beach from the 23rd January - 26th January 2019.
Carve CEO Matt Whyte expressed his joy at seeing the Carve Pro return to the Sydney beach.
"We are stoked to be hosting the Carve Pro at Maroubra Beach again in 2019, it is the marquee event on the Carve calendar and showcases the some of the best surfers from around the globe right in the heart of our city," said Whyte. "The support from the local community is stellar, they turn out in force to support, they get involved and truly make it feel like a world tour event. With the finals being held on Australia Day we can't wait to see everyone down there to cheer on the best in the business."
WSL Australian / Oceania Regional Manager Will Hayden-Smith echoed Whyte's sentiments.
"WSL are really excited to get back to Sydney for the Carve Pro," said Hayden-Smith. "The Carve Pro has been running for four years and Maroubra has so much history in Australian surfing - it's the perfect place to start the Australia/Oceania leg of the WSL Qualifying Series that plays such a huge part in qualifying surfers for the Championship Tour."
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the NSW Government was proud to support the Carve Pro, one of three events in the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series.
"From 2019 until 2021, the NSW Pro Surf Series is anticipated to inject almost $3 million into the State's economy," Mr Marshall said. "Major sporting events such as the NSW Pro Surf Series play a huge role in turbocharging tourism in regional towns and it's great to have the Carve Pro returning to beautiful Maroubra. The NSW Government will continue to do all it can to support these types of events. They are great for the economy, inspire our next generation of surfers and help us to reach our goal of tripling overnight visitor expenditure by 2030."
Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden believes the growth of the Carve Pro is a solid reflection of the thriving relationship between all stakeholders.
"Since making the jump from a Pro Junior event to a QS1000 in 2016, the Carve Pro has continued to go from strength-to-strength thanks to the partnership between Randwick City Council, Destination NSW, Carve, WSL and Vissla. We can't wait to see it all kick off at Maroubra in January."
Randwick Mayor Kathy Neilson is looking forward to seeing world calibre surfing return to the eastern Sydney beach.
"People from all over the world come to surf the waves at Maroubra, which has been a National Surfing Reserve since 2006," said Neilson. "The calibre of surfing at the Carve Pro has always been incredibly high, and this year will be no exception. The event gives us the opportunity to witness world-class surfers taking on world-class waves, right on our own doorstep. I hope the community will come along to witness some great surfing."