The waiting period for the Australian Grand Slam kicks off September 1st and some of the country's best surfers are set to usher in the return of professional surfing Down Under. A series of three broadcast-only (no spectators) "strike mission" events, surfers will be given just three days' notice within the waiting period window (September 1 - October 31) to travel to each location to compete in the two-day contests.
Currently, the Australian Grand Slam events planned are the Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast at South Stradbroke Island, the Tweed Coast Pro in Northern New South Wales, as well as the Margaret River Pro in Western Australia. Surf forecast and ocean condition information will determine when and where the events will be held to maximize the opportunity to score some serious, high-quality surf.
Each stop of the Australian Grand Slam will feature 24 of the country's best surfers (12 men and 12 women). Ten male and eight female Championship Tour will be on standby for each stop, some looking to compete for the first time in 2020. The remaining spots in each field will be allocated to the highest ranked 2019 non-qualifying Australian surfers or selected wildcard surfers.
So what do they get for the effort? The men's and women's overall series champions will each have $20,000AUD donated to a charity of their choice in their names.
With the waiting period kicking off on September 1, we've already entered the Red Alert phase of the series. Yellow alerts will be issued seven days prior to the potential running of an event. Finally, when the surf forecast can be accurately confirmed, three days out from the start of an event a Green Alert will be issued and the final roster of surfers will be subsequently confirmed.
Tweed Coast Pro
The beachbreak paradise of the Tweed Coast will play host to a return of Australian professional surfing in 2020. Some of the best surfers in the world will compete either at Fingal Head or Cabarita Beach, depending on the conditions. Both reliable swell magnets, expect some punchy waves and inspired performances wherever the event goes down.
Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast
The Boost Mobile Pro is coming to one of the best waves on the Gold Coast, South Stradbroke Island. The first time a WSL event will be held at this location, three-time World Champion Mick Fanning 2012 World Champion Joel Parkinson, ‘Coolie Kid' Dean Morrison, and fellow Queenslander and former Pipe Master Bede Durbidge are all eagerly waiting some swell and the opportunity to show the world that they can still pull on a jersey with the best of them.
Margaret River Pro
The Margaret River Pro rounds out the Australian Grand Slam with some of the world's best surfers set to make a return to one of the country's most iconic waves at Main Break. This raw, rugged and windswept coastline -- home to legends of the sport such as Taj Burrow -- always serves up some solid, challenging reef break surf and could add a big-wave element to the Australian Grand Slam.