Live pro surfing is back with competition underway at Cabarita Headland, Tweed Coast NSW.ABARITA HEADLAND, NSW / AUS (Sunday, September 13, 2020) - Day 1 of the Tweed Coast Pro, part of the World Surf League(WSL) Australian Grand Slam of Surfing, has been called on at Cabarita Head. For the first time since March, Australia's best surfers will hit the water in competition with the picturesque Cabarita Headland offering up clean, three-to-four foot waves for the opening rounds of competition.

"We are so happy to be back doing what we love," said WSL's Tweed Coast Pro Contest Director Renato Hickel. "It's been a long time since we have held a competition in the ocean and it feels good to be back. We have Australia's best surfers and some really fun waves here at Caba with three-to-four foot surf rolling down the long righthand bank. It's going to be a big day of competition as we work towards finals day tomorrow."

The entire Australian Olympic team will be represented with seven-time WSL World Champion Stephanie Gilmore surfing alongside fellow Olympic qualifiers Sally Fitzgibbons, Owen Wright and Julian Wilson.

The event will also see the return of two-time WSL World Champion Tyler Wright who will be taking on young wildcard Molly Picklum in the opening round.

Heat 3 of Men’s Round 1 should not be missed as Championship Tour Rookie Jack Robinson faces off with livewire Mikey Wright and title hopeful Julian Wilson.

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The Australian Grand Slam of Surfing, part of The WSL Countdown, will see 24 of Australia's best surfers (12 men and 12 women) go head to head in their respective divisions. 11 male CT competitors and 8 female CT competitors will be on standby for each stop, some looking to compete for the first time in 2020. The remaining spots in each field will be allocated to the highest ranked 2019 non-qualifying Australian surfers or selected wildcard surfers.

The broadcast-only ‘strike mission’ style event, not designed for spectators due to COVID, will see competitors given just four days’ notice within the competition window, to travel to each location to compete over two days. Surf conditions will determine which location is surfed and when to make sure surfers compete in the best conditions possible.

Adding to the high stakes, men's and women's overall series champions will each win $20,000AUD to donate to a charity of their choice.

The Australian Grand Slam of Surfing will run across the nation between September 13 and 14 and be broadcast live on worldsurfleague.com, Channel 7 (7Plus), Fox Sports Australia (Kayo) and Sky Sport NZ.

For more information on this and the WSL Countdown Series, please visit www.worldsurfleague.com

The Australian Grand Slam of Surfing couldn’t happen without the valued support of our partners including the NSW Government, Boost Mobile, Jeep, Bonsoy, Harvey Norman, Wingman Beer, Red Bull, Seven Network, Fox Sports Australia and Sky Sport NZ.

Tweed Coast Pro Women's Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Isabella Nichols, Macy Callaghan, Philippa Anderson
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore, Zahli Kelly, Tweed Coast Wildcard (TBC)
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons, Tyler Wright, Molly Picklum
Heat 4: Nikki van Dijk, Keely Andrew, Holly Wawn

Tweed Coast Pro Men's Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Wade Carmichael, Adrian Buchan, Conor O'Leary
Heat 2: Owen Wright, Ethan Ewing, Tweed Coast Wildcard (TBC)
Heat 3: Julian Wilson, Jack Robinson, Mikey Wright


Heat 4: Ryan Callinan, Mathew McGilivray, Morgan Cibilic