Merewether Beach in Newcastle will kick off the Australian portion of the World Surfing Championships, with Bells Beach failing to host the event in its historic Easter long weekend slot for the first time since 1961.
It is not known at this point if a stop on the tour will take place at Bells Beach in Torquay, Victoria, after NSW Assistant Deputy Premier John Barilaro revealed his condition secured the opening tour of the World Surf League Championship Tour, which is currently scheduled. from April 1 to 11.
“This event will inject millions of dollars into the local economy and bring iconic Newy’s beaches to millions of people around the world,” he said.
It is understood that the uncertainty surrounding quarantine arrangements at hotels was the main reason Victoria lost the event.
A charted flight of up to 150 passengers – including the world’s top male and female surfers – will fly from Los Angeles to Sydney Airport, with a mandatory 14-day quarantine period at an NSW hotel to be undertaken according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
“It’s not Bells Beach that’s devastating,” Australian superstar Joel Parkinson told Nine’s TODAY.
“It’s the most prestigious event on the surf calendar and it’s the one everyone wants to win as kids.
“Decisions are made so quickly in this pandemic and there are times that have to be sacrificed.
“The noise you can feel and hear in the water there [Beach Balls] is so special.
The pioneers of our sport won this trophy. “
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