Surfing NSW – New Chair and Deputy Chair (July 2024)

Surfing NSW today announced the election of Ben Rolleston as its new Chair, and Lyndel Gray as Deputy Chair. This follows the resignation of John O’Neill and Harry Hodge from the Board of Directors after almost 15 years of esteemed service.

Avoca Beach, NSW / AUS, (Saturday, March 18, 2023) –The final day of the 2023 Vissla & Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro presented Mad Mex, World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 concluded with amazing surf performance from the competitors, who battled it out in clean, two-to-three foot surf conditions. The slight increase in swell providing a great platform for the surfers to showcase their skills.

In the end, it was Wollongong surfer Kalani Ball (AUS) who emerged victorious at the Vissla Central Coast WSL QS 3,000 over Sunshine Coast surfer Alister Reginato (AUS). Ball was able to go back-to-back, something which very few surfers have been able to do before him at the Vissla Central Coast Pro QS 3,000.

During the competition, there were several tense moments known as the ‘Mad Mex minute’, Ball had the lead but Reginator had one minute left to score a 7.73 to take the win. Reginato attempted an aerial maneuver but was unable to complete it, which secured the win for Ball.

“I’m so stoked to take the win, I was pretty nervous the whole way through that heat because Alister only needed a 7.73 for the majority of that heat I knew he could do that so easily.” Ball said “It’s a cool feeling knowing that I’ve just gone back-to-back. It’s so hard to win one of these events, it’s pretty crazy knowing I’ve just done that. The waves on the Central Coast are very similar to back home in Stanwell Park, it always feels nice coming here it feels like home”

The 2023 Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro WSL QS 3,000 has been taken out by Cabaritta surfer Zahli Kelly (AUS). In a slow Final Kelly was able to find the best wave of the heat with a 7.00 early in the Final. Unfortunately for Lennox Head surfer Nyxie Ryan (AUS), she was unable to really get going in the Final. 

“I’m so psyched about taking out the win today, it’s going to give me a massive boost of confidence going into the final event of the season at Newcastle next week.” Kelly said “ It feels really good to get back on the winner’s podium, it’s been nearly four years since I’ve tasted victory. Now I have to can go on with the job at Newcastle and get another big results in order to get back on the Challenger Series, I feel like I’m ready this year to give the Challenger Series a good shot”

That marks an end to the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series, the series was developed for Australian surfers to gain ranking points and prize money in the WSL Qualifying Series. The series also creates a NSW coastal road trip for all to explore the variety of waves, visit local communities and enjoy NSW surfing culture.

The Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series 2023 is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

The Men’s Vissla Central Coast Pro presented by Mad Mex QS3000, and Women’s Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro presented by Mad Mex will be available to watch thanks to Mad Mex via the live webcast through worldsurfleague.com, the WSL App, 7plusmySurf.tv, Kayo and Surfing NSW socials.

Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series 2023 Event Schedule

Event 1: Camplify Great Lakes Pro QS3000: Tuesday 21st – Friday 24th Feb

Event 2: Surfers Rescue 24/7 Port Stephens Pro QS1000 – Monday 27th Feb: Wednesday 1st March

Event 3: Mad Mex Maroubra Pro QS1000: Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th March

Event 4: Men’s Vissla Central Coast Pro presented by Mad Mex QS3000, Women’s Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro presented by Mad Mex: Monday 13th – Saturday 18th March

The 2023 Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The series is also proudly supported by Vissla, Sisstrevolution, Destination Sydney Surrounds, Randwick City Council, Central Coast Council, Mid Coast Council, Port Stephens Council, Barrington Coast, Mad Mex, Camplify, Storage King, Avoca Beach Hotel, Southend Hotel, PRD Real Estate, Surfers Rescue 24/7, #NoTxtNoWrecks, WSL and Surfing NSW.

Mark Windon
OAM Executive Director

Felicity Conlan
Board Member

Francis Coady
Board Member

David Gyngell
Patron

Mike Baird
Patron

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