The 2019 Phillip Island Pro presented by Bass Coast Shire will boast the strongest field in history this week with confirmation that current World Surf League Championship Tour Surfers Nikki van Dijk (Phillip Island, VIC), Paige Hareb (Taranaki, NZ), Macy Callaghan (Central Coast, NSW) and Keely Andrew (Gold Coast, QLD) will all surf in the event.
Nikki has been a staple on the World Championship Tour for the past 6 years finishing in the top 10 in the world in 2015, 2017 and 2018. She is currently placed 11th with one event left for the season. With a qualification on the line, Nikki is competing at Phillip Island to gain points on the qualifying series to qualify for the 2020 World Championship Tour.
"It’s so rare these days to be home let alone be in an event and sleep in the own bed! In waves, I grew up in!"
"It’s been a roller coaster of a year but having an amazing time! I'm feeling really ready to finish the year off with a couple of strong results!"
Former World Tour competitor and Barbados native Chelsea Tuach will be joining the list of international competitors along with likely 2020 CT Rookie Amuro Tsuzuki (Japan), Former CT surfer Sage Erickson (USA), Samantha Sibley (USA), Teresa Bonvalot (Portugal), Gabriela Bryan (HAW) and Eveline Hooft (NLD).
The Phillip Island Pro begins today, and concludes on Sunday 10th November.
The primary location will be Cape Woolamai however it is looking likely to shift to back up location of Penguin Parade for the opening days of competition.
Surfing Victoria will also be running the highly acclaimed Surfers Rescue 24/7 program on Saturday at Cape Woolamai.
The program is a FREE CPR and Board Rescue Course that has been specifically designed for surfers. Interested participants can enter via www.surfingvic.com
Live scores and news can be found online at www.worldsurfleague.com
The Phillip Island Pro is presented by the Bass Coast Shire and Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Significant Sporting Events Program and supported by Ramada Phillip Island, Coastalwatch, Cancer Council Sunscreen, Kings Cars and Surfing World Magazine.