Surfest 2017 is excited to announce that Hunter based nib health fund will again sponsor a World Surfing League (WSL) junior men’s and women’s surfing contest on Merewether beach, February 11th and 12th, 2017.
The 2017 nib Pro Junior will again attract competitors from around the world. This event also provides a great opportunity for the Hunter’s best young surfing talent to compete in an international event and experience competition at the highest level.
Surfest ambassador and four-time world surfing champion, Mark Richards, said the nib Pro Junior provides a significant step for young surfers looking to make it on the big stage.
“The world of pro-surfing is highly competitive, meaning it is crucial for aspiring pros to take part and do well in these types of events. It allows them to establish their credentials and gain both experience and exposure. Thanks to the support from nib health fund for allowing this to happen again in 2017.” Richards said.
nib Managing Director, Mark Fitzgibbon, said the health fund was again very pleased to provide its support for the Surfest pro junior event.
“We have such a rich surfing history here in Newcastle that has produced some of the sport’s great competitors. For many, including most recently, Merewether’s Ryan Callinan, Philippa Anderson and Jackson Baker, these pro junior events have helped launch international surfing careers,” Mr. Fitzgibbon said.
“It’s great that nib can offer young male and female surfers the opportunity to compete in a first-class, internationally-rated event on their home break here at Merewether.
nib’s connection to the Hunter spans more than 60 years and we remain committed to investing in the health and well-being of our community. What better way to do this then by hosting an event that showcases our beautiful beaches and celebrates a sport that remains such a big part of Newcastle’s culture.”
The nib Pro Junior will take place from 11 – 12 February 2017, with a total of $10,000 in prize money up for grabs. This event alone is expected to attract around 100 male and female competitors, 18-years and under, from eight different countries.
Surfest Organiser Warren Smith said, “I can’t tell you how pleased and excited we are that nib health funds have joined us in 2017 to sponsor the nib pro junior for men and women. This event is very important to the future of professional surfing in Australia. We are very grateful to nib health fund and look forward to another outstanding international men’s and women’s pro junior.