North Narrabeen will see the return of a World Surf League (WSL) event from 2023.

After being held at Manly from 17–24 May 2022, the Sydney Surf Pro Challenger Series (CS) will head north to North Narrabeen for 2023 and 2024. It is understood the WSL were keen to see an event return to North Narrabeen after it successfully hosted a Championship Tour (CT) event of the 2021 season.

The deal for North Narrabeen to secure the Challenger Series event for 2023 and 2024 was done between the WSL, Destination NSW and the Northern Beaches Council.

Andrew Stark

Andrew Stark

“WSL is extremely proud to be returning to North Narrabeen and continuing this location’s strong lineage with professional surfing. Having held a one-off CT event at North Narrabeen earlier this year and seeing the incredibly positive response from the local community, not to mention from the world’s best surfers, it made total sense to put this location back on the schedule as an annual fixture and back on the world stage where it belongs.

“Locking this event in for the next three years is a massive achievement and we’d like to thank our hugely supportive partners at Destination NSW and The Northern Beaches Council. Without their support, important events like the Sydney Surf Pro wouldn’t happen,” said WSL APAC General Manager Andrew Stark.

After calling Manly home for more than a decade, the Sydney Surf Pro event will remain on the Northern Beaches with the shift to North Narrabeen from 2023. The event will see an international field of over 150 Challenger Series competitors descend on Sydney for over a week as they battle for a spot on the elite Championship Tour.

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said the influx of competitors and support staff will provide a huge boost to the local economy and surf culture.

Rob Stokes

Rob Stokes

“The Championship Tour event earlier this year put North Narrabeen back on the global map of surfing. North Narrabeen is regarded as one of the best beach breaks in Australia and has always been a spiritual home for surfers so it’s only fitting to bring the Sydney Surf Pro to this beach.

“The benefits to the local economy will be extraordinary and not to mention the experience for the young up and coming surfers from the area having the world’s best back at their home beach,” said Mr Stokes.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said he was delighted for the event to remain on the Northern Beaches.

Michael Regan

Michael Regan

“We are thrilled to continue to host this fantastic event here on the Northern Beaches following the successful Championship Tour event in April. It gives locals the chance to see their international surfing heroes competing while our spectacular area is beamed to an international audience. It’ll also be an additional leg up to local businesses who have had a shocking few years thanks to COVID,” said Mayor Regan.

Dates for the 2023-24 season events will be announced later in 2022 as part of the competition calendar.

Image: Matt Dunbar/WSL

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