AOS – Coffs Harbour
Surfing NSW and Surfing Queensland is excited to announce the return of the highly anticipated Australian Open of Surfing (AOS) Tour, presented by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to the East Coast in 2023, featuring two qualifying rounds – the Coffs Harbour Open (Oct 14) and the Sunshine Coast Open (Oct 28-29) before the tour will culminate with a grand final to be held at the iconic Bondi Beach.
Following the same format as last year, the tour will maintain the $50,000 equal prize money across the three events. The top qualifiers from the two events will be invited to compete at the Better Beer Bondi Open Grand Final where the winner takes all, walking away with a $10,000 cheque.
Last year, taking home the win and the cheque was Coffs Harbour’s finest Rosie Smart in the Women’s division. Rosie, now 18 years old, says she didn’t end up buying a car, despite interview questions from the day, however, she claimed the money helped to assist her in following the Qualifying Series overseas to compete at Krui and Nias which Rosie states were ‘incredible experiences’.
“Doing the regional QS series is not cheap, so I’m super grateful that I was able to walk away with 10 grand which has been a big help this year.”
When it comes to competing at home, Rosie shared that it’s always nice to have friends and family watching and supporting her from the sand, despite the extra pressure she feels!
Along with friends and family, Rosie says it was the Coffs Harbour Boardriders Club crew that are always supporting the locals and encouraging surfing at their homebreak.
Coffs Harbour Boardriders Club President Carly White said “We are so privileged that Coffs Harbour is recognised as a reliable, consistent area for waves and talent. We are thrilled to showcase some of our emerging local talent in our own backyard.”
Earlier this month, Rosie took out the Open Women Australian Surf Championships (ASC) at Port Macquarie, being crowned Australian Champion. To continue her winning streak, Rosie will be looking to defend her title at home and hopefully take it all the way to the Bondi final as part of the AOS leg.
Club president Carly shared Rosie is the biggest inspiration to everyone in their surf community.
“Having our talented up-and-comers paving the way is just so inspiring for our next generation…To think they started from a grass roots level and are now making waves on the world stage is incredible.”
For more information and updates on the 2023 Australian Open of Surfing, please visit the official Surfing NSW or Surfing Queensland website.
The 2023 Australian Open of Surfing is proudly supported by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Coffs Harbour Council, Better Beer, Mad Mex, Mambo.