The 2018 Vissla Sydney Surf Pro World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 event has kicked off today, with no shortage of waves at Manly Beach with blustery 4-to-5-foot waves on offer.
24 Heats of Men’s Round One are expected to be completed today while the Women’s event will be off for the day.
There are some epic heats to come on Day 1 with Barron Mamiya (HAW) from Hawaii fresh off a runner-up finish at Newcastle Surfest hitting the water in Heat 4 of Round One where he will match up with Reef Heazlewood (AUS) and Victor Mendes (BRA).
The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro is bringing top level, international surfing back to the historic and iconic Manly Beach in 2018. Over 20 countries will be represented in local, junior and World Surf League Qualifying Series 6000 events between February 24 and March 4.
During this world-class surf event, Manly Corso will come alive with a range of festivities, from community markets to daily activities, promotions and parties hosted by the Steyne Hotel.
You’ll even see a VW Kombi Rally, and an inflatable boat race from Shelly Beach to the event site and the very best surfboard shapers in the world crafting boards right in front of you.
Outside of the competition in the surf Manyl Beach will be a buzz with the following over the coming two weeks:
Manly Inflatable Boat Race, Sun 25 Feb: head to Manly for one of the most fabulously fun beach charity events. Great fun and excitement for everyone, attendees dress in fancy dress (the crazier the better!), and armed with a colourful inflatable (anything from pool ponies to pink swans) paddle an approx 1km course from Shelly Beach and back to shore in support of Tour De Cure. https://sydneysurfpro.com/manly-inflatable-boat-race
VW Kombi Rally, Sat 3 March: a selection of retro beauties will be on display with major prize giveaways, art installations, skate comps, drink specials, pop up bars and a spectacular array of flared collar shirts. https://sydneysurfpro.com/vw-kombi-rally/
Meet the world’s best surfboard shapers, live: more than 21 of the world’s best surfboard shapers will take part in a live shaping demonstration for the masses right on Manly Beach. Visit the craftsmen in their custom pop-up glassed-in shaping bay. Watch, listen and learn from each shaper as they turn a blank of foam into a slick surf sled. Each shaper will be fitted with headphones and a mic so they can walk you through their process and interact with the live webcast commentary team too! From 10am to 6pm, Tuesday 27 February – Sunday 4 March. https://sydneysurfpro.com/worlds-best-surfboard-shapers-live
Kids Seaside Fun Zone: slide through a huge inflatable shark, practice surfing like the pros on the mechanical surfboard, and enjoy games and blow ups galore throughout 9 days of the festival. Located at North Steyne, across from the Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific. https://sydneysurfpro.com/kids-seaside-fun-zone/
Manly Market Place, Saturday 24th February and Sunday 4th March: village markets held at South Steyne Beachfront, from 9am to 4pm. https://sydneysurfpro.com/manly-market-place/
A variety of photographic exhibitions in various Manly locations throughout the two weeks.
For the complete listing of events: https://sydneysurfpro.com/whats-on/
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