With Pipeline in the rearview until December, Australia is playing host for the World Surf League (WSL) in Sydney over the next week for the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach. A QS6000 event, the waiting period for the waiting period for the Australian Open is February 7 to 15.
In the Women’s contest, defending event champ Carissa Moore (HAW; pictured above) will be defending her title from a loaded field of surfers with the likes of six-time reigning World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), returning world #3 Tyler Wright (AUS), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Malia Manuel (HAW).
Competing in the event for the first time, three time World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) headlines a field of surfers such as Kolohe Andino (USA), Mitch Coleborn (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Parker Coffin (USA) and Fred Patacchia (HAW).
The waiting period for the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing runs from February 7 -15, 2015. See the official website www.australianopenofsurfing.com for details.