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February 9, 2017 Sports No Comments Email Email

The 2017 Australian Open of Surfing (AOS) today announces the first line-up of world-class surfers, skateboarders and BMX riders set to compete at Manly Beach this February 25 to March 5.

Australia’s largest lifestyle and action sports festival will see an electrifying mix of the world’s best athletes – including 2016 women’s world surfing champion Tyler Wright and Aussie surfing superstar Julian Wilson – compete in women’s and men’s WSL-sanctioned QS6000 surf contests.

Joining them will be six of the world’s top 10-ranked WSL female surfers including local favourites Sally Fitzgibbons and Laura Enever, and four of the world’s top 20-ranked WSL male surfers including Josh Kerr, Jack Freestone and Jadson André.

Out of the water, some of the biggest names in park terrain skateboarding and BMX are confirmed for the first men’s global qualifier stop of the 2017 Vans Park Series (VPS), held in conjunction with the inaugural VPS Oceania Continental Championships for men and women, and the debut of the Vans BMX Pro Cup series.

All three events will take place on a custom-designed, built-to-spec concrete course on location at Manly Beach.

With both surfing and skateboarding set to debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and BMX’s future potential to evolve as an Olympic discipline, the 2017 AOS will set the global stage for promising gold medal talent as the world’s best surfers, skateboarders and BMX riders compete at Sydney’s iconic Manly Beach.

“The athlete line-up this year represents the best we’ve had since the Australian Open of Surfing was launched. The growth of the event and current roster of sponsors is reflected in the calibre of talent who will compete. We’re in the final few weeks of countdown to this year’s event and are looking forward to bringing the best ever Australian Open of Surfing to Sydney,” said Simon Corkill, Vice President, Event Operations Australia.

THE SURFING LINEUP

 Kicking off on February 27, the Girls Make Your Move Women’s Pro will see four out of Australia’s top 5-ranked female surfers battle it out against some of the biggest forces in women’s surfing.

“The Girls Make Your Move campaign is proud to be supporting an event that has such strong female role models. The campaign supports girls getting active anywhere anyhow and the athletes in this Australian Open Surfing event really know how to make their move,” said Girls Make Your Move.

World #1 and 2017 AOS ambassador Tyler Wright headlines a stellar women’s division with representatives from Australia, USA, Hawaii, Brazil, France and multiple other surfing powerhouses.

Joining Wright is Tatiana Weston-Webb (2016 WCT 4), Joanne Defay (2016 WCT 5), Malia Manuel (2016 WCT 7), Sally Fitzgibbons (2016 WCT 8), Sage Erickson (2016 WCT 9) and Laura Enever (2016 WCT 10), who is the official Girls Make Your Move ambassador for the 2017 women’s competition.

2016 AOS champion Nikki Van Dijk (2016 WCT 11) also returns to defend her title, along with Coco Ho (2016 WCT 13), Keely Andrew (2016 WCT 14), Bronte Macaulay (2016 WCT 17) and Pauline Ado (2016 WCT 17).

Aussie young gun and 2016 junior world champion Isabella Nichols joins the big league in the women’s division, as does Hawaiian superstar and crowd favorite Alana Blanchard, who returns to QS competition for the first time since June 2016.

In the men’s division of the AOS WSL QS6,000 sanctioned event, Aussie surf hero Julian Wilson (2016 WCT 8) lines-up against fellow top 20-ranked countrymen Josh Kerr (2016 WCT 13) and Stu Kennedy (2016 WCT 19), alongside a strong contingent of elite and emerging international surf stars including Kanoa Igarashi (2016 WCT 20) Jadson Andre (2016 WCT 26), Leonardo Fioravanti (2016 WCT 36) and Joan Duru (2016 WCT 20).

Also in the mix will be Aussie comeback king Jack Freestone (2016 WCT 36), who requalified for the CT tour late last year following a knee injury that sidelined him for much of 2016, and defending AOS men’s champion Dion Atkinson.

Several CT rookies are also in contention for the 2017 men’s title, with Sydney’s Connor O’Leary (2016 QS 1) and 2016 world junior championEthan Ewing (2016 QS 2) stacking up against Portugal’s Frederico Morais (2016 WCT 44) and Brazil’s Ian Gouveia (2016 QS 9).

 Combined WT and WQS athletes confirmed for 2017 AOS:

Men’s Women’s
Jadson Andre Pauline Ado
Bede Durbidge Keely Andrew
Joan Duru Joanne Defay
Ethan Ewing Laura Enever
Leo Fioravanti Sage Erickson
Jack Freestone Sally Fitzgibbons
Ian Gouveia Coco Ho
Kanoa Igarashi Bronte Macaulay
Stu Kennedy Malia Manuel
Josh Kerr Silvana Lima
Zeke Lau Nikki Van Dijk
Frederico Morais Tatiana Weston-Webb
Connor O’Leary Tyler Wright
Julian Wilson Isabella Nichols
Dion Atkinson Alana Blanchard

For a full list of confirmed entrants, visit: http://www.australianopenofsurfing.com/2017-surf

THE BMX LINEUP

Debuting in Sydney, Australia on February 24 – March 5, the inaugural Vans BMX Pro Cup Series will welcome the world’s most talented BMX riders for a premier showcase of BMX park terrain competition.

Vans team riders and US BMX legends Gary Young, Dakota Roche and Tyler Fernengel have all been announced as pre-seeds for the SydneyVans BMX Pro Cup Series events, along with top Aussie pros Dylan Lewis and Corey Bohan.

Other Vans BMX Pro Cup invitees confirmed to compete include Californian freestyle extraordinaire Dennis Enarson and Queensland young guns Jason Watts and Alex Hiam, who will be looking to wow local audiences and break into the big time on home soil.

Kicking off with the first of three open Regional Qualifier (RQ) events on February 24, the Vans BMX Pro Cup Series opens contest registration to all professional men and women BMX riders. Ten qualifying winners from the RQ division will advance to the official Vans BMX Pro Cup Series Qualifier on March 3, cultivating the field in anticipation for first-ever Vans BMX Pro Cup Series World Championships to be held this summer in Huntington Beach, CA.

The Vans BMX Pro Cup Series announces the following pre-seeded BMX pros to the inaugural 2017 tour season:

BMX Pro Cup Invitees Country
Alex Hiam AUS
Corey Bohan AUS
Corey Walsh CAN
Dakota Roche USA
Dan Foley USA
Daniel Sandoval USA
Dennis Enarson USA
Dylan Lewis AUS
Gary Young AUS
Greg Illingworth ZAF
Jason Watts AUS
Kevin Peraza USA
Kris Fox USA
Larry Edgar USA
Matt Cordova USA
Matty Cranmer USA
Maxime Charveron FRA
Pat Casey USA
Sergio Layos ESP
Tom Dugan USA
Tyler Fernengel USA

Select Pros

For a full list of confirmed entrants, visit: www.vansbmxprocup.com

THE SKATE LINEUP

The Vans Park Series (VPS), park terrain skateboarding’s official world championship points tour, hosts the inaugural VPS Oceania Continental Championships for men and women in Sydney, Australia, during the 2017 AOS and commences its highly-anticipated 2017 VPS Pro Tour with the first men’s pro global qualifier event.

Known for its unrivaled combination of speed, style, flow, amplitude and creativity, park terrain is the fastest growing discipline in competitive skateboarding today. The VPS is the defining event series for global competitive park terrain skateboarding and the first and only point system culminating in the official ISF-sanctioned park terrain skateboarding Continental and World Championships for men and women.

Reigning VPS World Champion Alex Sorgente returns to the Pro Tour lineup facing challengers like Chris Russell, Curren Caples and Pedro Barros in an exciting points race to the World Championships. Top Australian park terrain pro Jack Fardell is also expected to compete, alongside upstart Aussie Keegan Palmer, who at the tender age of 13 is already a seasoned park terrain competitor.

The official list of 33 park terrain pro skateboarders invited to compete at the VPS Pro Tour Sydney men’s global qualifier includes:

Select Pros Tour Wildcards
Alex Sorgente Chris Russell
Ben Hatchell Curren Caples
Cory Juneau Greyson Fletcher
Grant Taylor Ishod Wair
Ivan Federico Oskar Rozenberg
Jack Fardell Raven Tershy
Kevin Kowalski Ronnie Sandoval
Pedro Barros  

Confirmed competitors for the Sydney Global Qualifier will be communicated at close of final registration on March 3. For a full list of confirmed entrants, stay tuned on www.vansparkseries.com.

The 2017 AOS is proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, and the Northern Beaches Council. It represents one of the hottest events on Sydney’s sizzling summer events calendar.

Drawing over 300 of the world class in surfing and skateboarding, along with live music, art, gourmet food and beverage, the 2017 Australian Open of Surfing will provide the perfect platform to highlight Australian beach culture.

Live coverage from the 2017 AOS will be available online at www.australianopenofsurfing.com and via broadcast partners Channel Nine, Fox Sports and MTV.

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