Australian Open Of Surfing – Gold Coast Pro Kicks Off Tomorrow
Published on 30/10/2020
  • 104 of Queensland’s top surfers set to do battle for $5,000 in prize money
  • 1.5 meter easterly swell predicted with moderate northwesterly winds
  • Call the event hotline on 07 3030 6388 each day to confirm event location and schedule
Cooper Davies (Noosa, QLD) celebrates his victory at the Sunshine Coast Pro and is one to watch for the weekend. Image: Ben Stagg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Gold Coast, Queensland (Friday, 30th October 2020) – Professional surfers from all over Queensland will get the opportunity to stoke their competitive flame this weekend at the second leg of the 2020 Australian Open of Surfing series, the Gold Coast Pro, which kicks off tomorrow and will run over two days. The series will provide professional and aspiring surfers with the opportunity to win part of $5,000 in prize money and gain momentum going into 2021. The surf forecast shows a 2-3ft easterly swell pushing through the Gold Coast for the event.      

Professional surfer Sheldon Simkus (Coolangatta, QLD) is looking forward to the Gold Coast Pro, after finishing second in the Central Coast Pro QS 3,000 back in March. 

“Finishing runner-up at the Central Coast Pro was such an awesome experience,” said Simkus. “I was really looking forward to a big year on the WQS (World Qualifying Series) before COVID put professional surfing on hold. I am really excited to be back competing and the Gold Coast Pro is shaping up to be a really fun event with some of Australia’s best surfers in the draw.”

Sheldon Simkus (Coolangatta, QLD) goes into this weekends event as the second seed. Image: Dan Hayward

Other notable male surfers in the draw include the Boost Mobile Pro runner up Liam O’Brien (Burleigh Heads, QLD), Sunshine Coast Pro winner Cooper Davies (Noosa, QLD), Allister Reginato (Alexandra Headland, QLD) and Noah Stocca (Peregian Beach, QLD). 

Top female seed and winner of the first leg of the Australian Open of Surfing series (the Sunshine Coast Pro), Sophie McCulloch (Alexandra Headland, QLD), will be one to watch this weekend. As well as winning the Sunshine Coast Pro, McCulloch also took second place at the recent WSL Boost Mobile Pro on South Stradbroke Island in pumping waves, falling just shy of fellow Sunshine Coast surfer Isabella Nichols (Coolum Beach, QLD)

“I’m really excited about the event, I’ve got a lot of momentum heading into it. It’s great to have another opportunity to get back in the rash shirt and compete,” said McCulloch. 

“I’m seeing everything as an opportunity to test myself a little bit at events, rather than being so routine. It’s taken a bit of pressure off and it’s definitely worked at the last couple of events.”

Sophie McCulloch celebrates her win at the Sunshine Coast Pro. Image: Ben Stagg

Other top female surfers in the draw include Dimity Stoyle (Maroochydore, QLD), Sasha Baker (Mudjimba, QLD) and Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD).

Surfing Queensland CEO Adam Yates is proud to be hosting the event on the Gold Coast this weekend. 

“We can’t wait to see the level of surfing on display over the weekend,” said Yates. “The Australian Open of Surfing series is an exciting platform for both professional and grassroots surfers to compete alongside each other in some of Australia’s top surfing locations, and we’re stoked to be part of a series that has so much future potential.”

2020 Australian Open of Surfing Series Schedule:

Sunshine Coast, QLD – 19th – 20th September 2020

Gold Coast, QLD – 31st October – 1st November 2020

Cronulla, NSW – 8th-9th November 2020

Kiama, NSW – 22nd – 23rd November 2020

Coffs Harbour, NSW – 29th – 30th November 2020

Northern Beaches, NSW – 13th – 14th December 2020 

All events will adhere to all COVID-19 policies and regulations outlined by the Queensland Government and council protocols. 

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The 2020 Australian Open of Surfing series is proudly supported by Coastalwatch Plus, Surfing World Magazine, H2Coco, The Queensland Government and Surfing Queensland. 

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