The Flight Centre Burleigh Pro Surf Festival returned to one of the world’s most iconic pointbreaks. (World Surf League 1000 qualifying series)
Defending Flight Centre Burleigh Pro Champion Oney Anwar (IDN) returns to the stage this year and is eager to get his 2018 QS campaign underway.
“It feels so good to be back competing," Anwar said. "I’ve been training in Indonesia for the last month and Burleigh has always been a second home to me so I’m excited to see the action underway. I’ve heard that there’s a swell coming and there are a lot of good surfers competing in the event, so it’s going to be a hard contest,”
Excitement levels are growing as a building easterly swell looks promising for the four-day event window.
The four-day festival-style event will see over 170 of the world’s best surfers from nine different countries line up over the Australia Day long weekend for precious QS rating points towards their 2019 Championship Tour campaigns.
2015 Burleigh Pro Champion and former WSL World Championship Tour surfer Mitch Crews (Currumbin, QLD) expressed his excitement for the event as well as acknowledging the high calibre of talent in the draw.
“The Burleigh Pro is always a really fun first event of the year. I’ve won this comp before and it looks like there’s a pretty good forecast stacking up so I’m excited," Crews said. "It should be a great long weekend for Australia Day. Liam O’Brien and Luke Hynd are probably two of the best local guys surfing in this event but there’s always crew from overseas rocking up, it’s definitely not an easy event at all.”
Alongside the strong contingent of men’s surfers, the event will see 48 of the world’s best female’s battle it out for all important QS ratings points. Amongst those in the draw is Tweed Heads local and top seed Kobie Enright. Coming off the back of a recent win at the first WSL QS stop of the year the Carve Pro in Maroubra, Enright will be looking to secure another result this week to set herself up for a strong year on the QS.
Joining Enright this week will be WSL Big Wave Tour surfer and Burleigh Heads local Felicity Palmateer alongside former Championship Tour surfer Dimity Stoyle (Buderim, QLD).
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