The beaches of the Barrington Coast will once again welcome over 170 professional surfers when the Mothernest Great Lakes Pro lands in Boomerang Beach.
The elite five-day QS1,000 rated event will form the second of three stops on the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series and will take place at Boomerang Beach from the 20th February - 24th February 2019.
128 Men and 64 Women are expected to compete in the event.
Mothernest Sales and Marketing Director David Mumford is looking forward to throwing his support behind a major event for the second year in a row.
"After last year's super successful Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro, I am excited and really looking forward to heading up to Boomerang Beach in February 2019 to continue our support for the Mothernest Great Lakes Pro and watch some of Australia's best surfers showcase their talents and compete for the title. Both Surfing NSW and Mothernest share a common passion for promoting a healthy and active lifestyle and our partnership encourages people of all ages and abilities to participate and be healthy."
Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden praised the Great Lakes region of the Barrington Coast for regularly providing amazing waves for competitors.
"Surfing NSW have been fortunate enough to host a handful of events in the Great Lakes region of the Barrington Coast over the last decade and we feel the waves that are regularly dished up are perfect for the explosive surfing we're expecting to see over the course of this event."
WSL Australia/Oceania Regional Manager Will Hayden-Smith is looking forward to seeing the event return for the fourth year.
"WSL is extremely excited to return to the beautiful Boomerang Beach for the fourth annual Mothernest Great Lakes Pro," Hayden-Smith said. "Every year this competition has run, we have had exceptional waves and this has been reflected in the volume and quality of the field who attends each year. The event has also played an awesome part in the careers of our athletes with a number of previous winners going on to qualify for the WSL Championship Tour. We can't wait to watch the competition unfold in this picturesque part of the world in 2019."
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the Vissla Great Lakes Pro has been secured by the NSW Government for the next three years.
"The NSW Pro Surf Series has been a highlight on the summer surfing calendar for a number of years, so I'm delighted the Great Lakes Pro will be returning to our region from 2019 until 2021," Mr Bromhead said. "This event is the perfect opportunity to showcase our stunning location and world-class surf to the rest of the world and with hundreds of competitors expected to be in town for the event, it will once again provide a significant boost to local businesses, accommodation providers, restaurants and boutiques."
MidCoast Council's Economic Development and Events Coordinator Robyn Brennan echoed Bromhead's sentiments.
"MidCoast Council is pleased to once again be working with Surfing NSW to bringing the Mothernest back to Boomerang Beach. The event capitalises on one of the most spectacular natural assets of the Barrington Coast region and is well supported by our local community."