North Narrabeen will not host another World Surf League (WSL) event in 2022.

After snatching a top tier WSL Championship Tour event this year, Northern Beaches surf fans were keen for the event to return next year. Hopes were dashed when the WSL schedule for 2022 was released this week, with only two top tier WSL Championship Tour events in Australia, at Bells Beach and Margaret River.

The WSL international tour was thrown into chaos this year by COVID-19. The event held at North Narrabeen in April was moved from Snapper Rocks, Queensland after the QLD Government refused to agree to special travel conditions for international competitors. Four of nine WSL Championship Tour events were held in Australia this year.

Northern Beaches surfing fans can take some consolation however, with the announcement of a WSL Challenger Series event at Manly from 17-24 May 2022. A feeder event for the Championship Tour, the event will be called the Sydney Surf Pro and will include juniors and qualifying trials.

Manly Beach

Previously held at Manly in 2020, but cancelled this year due to COVID disruption, Member for Manly James Griffin welcomed the return of the event to Manly.

James Griffin

James Griffin

“The Sydney Surf Pro showcases our spectacular coastline and local hospitality to visitors and those watching via the broadcast, and I know the community is excited for the event to return in May 2022.

“Manly has a long, proud history as an Australian surf capital for board riders of all abilities, from amateurs riding their first waves at local surf schools to the world’s best, who have been competing here since the first world championship in 1964,” said Mr Griffin.

WSL Asia Pacific General Manager Andrew Stark said many of the sport’s rising stars would be likely to compete at Manly, trying to secure a spot on the Championship Tour.

Andrew Stark

Andrew Stark

“Manly is a fantastic backdrop for this important event on the WSL Challenger Series calendar. The beach is stunning, it’s accessible for fans, and the athletes and officials love to visit Sydney to enjoy the scenery, the icons, the Harbour and the full visitor experience,” said Mr Stark.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate

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