Over 100 of the world's best female surfers have arrived in Port Stephens, NSW ahead of the most important Women's QS showdown of the season, the Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro. The four day QS6,000 will be held at the stunning Birubi Beach and will decide the lineup for the 2018, elite Championship Tour .
WSL Deputy Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer was once a member of the Championship Tour and knows first hand the dedication and hard work that is involved in qualifying. The former World Junior Champion is keeping a close eye on this major event and who will push deep into the draw and onto next year's ‘Dream Tour.'
"This is the last event on the QS calendar so it's super important in terms of points and last ditch qualification efforts," Miley Dyer said. "There's a few surfers who have their career on the line, so for them, this is going to be a very stressful week. We also have the opportunity to witness new Australian talent come through the ranks on the world stage in the beginning of their careers."
With the top six from the QS rankings elevating to the CT, there are a number of scenarios and situations that need to play out for each competitor hoping to make the jump. With a small amount of points separating the top 20, there's a number of surfers with a shot at elevation.
Wednesday's Welcome Address by WSL and Surfing NSW, at Port Stephens Toyota.
While some of the world's best female surfers joust for a spot on the 2018 CT, a group of Australia's top male competitors will be going to battle just down the beach in the inaugural Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro Men's QS 1,000 presented by Newcastle Airport.
The event will comprise of mostly Australian surfers with a handful of internationals, all vying for a top spot on the WSL Australia / Oceania Qualifying Series Rankings. The no. 1 spot will gain entry into the higher rated QS events in 2018. Event partners Destination NSW, Port Stephens Toyota and Newcastle Airport all committed additional sponsorship to confirm the men's QS 1,000 division that will see at least 64 QS competitors hit the water at Birubi.
Joining the QS 1,000 and QS 6,000 components of the event will be the Port Stephens Women's Challenge and the PRD and Kaos Surf Cadet Cup. Both events will give amateur women and promising junior stars the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in women's surfing. Divisions in the PRD and Kaos Surf Cadet Cup comprise of Under 16 Boys and Girls, Under 14 Boys and Girls, Under 12 Boys and Girls and Under 10 Boys and Girls. These events will run simultaneously to the professional events on separate sections of the beach.
Catch all the action LIVE!
To make it easier to keep up with the 4 days of action, we will be hosting live feeds below for each day starting Thursday, 2nd of November.
Just choose the corresponding video below to the event day and grab a coldie!
THURSDAY - Day One
FRIDAY - Day Two
SATURDAY - Day Three
SUNDAY - Day Four
There will also be live links on the World Surf League's website for the events, which can be found below: