Promising forecast ahead for 2018 Flight Centre Burleigh Pro Surf Festival

Queensland’s highly anticipated stand-alone World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series event the Flight Centre Burleigh Pro Surf Festival will return to one of the countries most iconic point breaks tomorrow.

Excitement levels are growing as a building easterly swell looks promising for the four-day event window. Coastalwatch Chief Swell Forecaster Ben Macartney has been closely watching the charts and is optimistic about the outlook for this week.

“I’m feeling positive about the forecast, with clear indications that there will be a building trend in easterly trade wind swell setting in as early as Friday and building over the weekend. There’s a good chance of a tropical low and a cyclone developing and that could be the catalyst,” said Macartney.

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 ratings 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. 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.” Said the Gold Coast local.

Defending Flight Centre Burleigh Pro Champion Oney Anwar (Palm Beach, QLD) also returns to the stage this year and is eager to get his 2018 QS campaign underway.

“It feels so good to be back competing. 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,” said Anwar.

Alongside the strong contingent of men’s surfers, the event will see 48 of the world’s best females 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 Australian 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 in hope of qualifying for the Championship Tour in 2019.

Joining Enright this week will be WSL Big Wave Tour surfer and Burleigh Heads local Felicity Palmateer alongside former WSL Championship Tour surfer Dimity Stoyle (Buderim, QLD).

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The 2018 Flight Centre Burleigh Pro is proudly supported by Flight Centre,  Stockland Burleigh Heads, Telstra, Bruce Lynton Land Rover, Burleigh Heads Hotel, Australia’s Gold Coast, Tourism and Events Queensland, Queensland Government, HIF, Australia Skin Cancer Clinics, It’s Live Queensland, The Wandering Bar Co, Coastalwatch, SEA FM, Pages, Surfing World Magazine, SurfAid, WSL and Surfing Queensland.