Queensland’s best female surfers to compete in Surfing Queensland’s premier QCC series in 2018
Exciting news has emerged this week with the announcement of the Open Women’s division being included in the 2018 Queensland Championship Circuit (QCC) series.
The Open Men’s QCC has long been Surfing Queensland’s premier event series and includes stops at some of the state’s most iconic breaks including Currumbin Alley and Kirra Point on the Gold Coast. Changes to the historic series in 2018 will see the introduction of the Open Women’s division to the series in a bid to provide the state’s best female surfers with a greater platform to further develop their competitive surfing alongside Queensland’s best male surfers.
“Surfing Queensland are really excited to see the QCC series expand this year. Queensland has been known to produce some of the best female surfers in the world and we want to continue to provide opportunities and support for the development of our athletes,” said Surfing Queensland CEO Adam Yates.
2017 Queensland Open Women’s Champion Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD) expressed her enthusiasm for the announcement, “I’m so excited! I think this will definitely push us a lot further with our surfing. Having different event locations and being able to watch the men surf in the same conditions will be great. The guys are always really supportive and help to push our surfing as well.”
“Being able to surf at the three event locations with only four others out will be epic and is a real honour for me. Being part of this series will also give females the opportunity for more media coverage and exposure, I’m sure the girls will be ripping,” said Harrison.
The three event series will kick off at the Michael Peterson (MP) Classic set to be held at Kirra Point on the 12th of May before wrapping up at Currumbin Alley in June.
As part of the QCC series in 2018, the overall winners of both the Open Men and Open Women’s divisions will each receive a wild card position at the 2019 Quiksilver and Roxy Pro trials at Snapper Rocks.
Past QCC champions include World Surf League Championship Tour and Qualifying Series surfers Nathan Hedge, Damon Harvey, Mitch Parkinson, Thomas Woods, Nick Vasicek and Corey Ziems.
2018 QCC Series:
- QCC MP Classic – 12th-13th May
- QCC Sunshine Coast Classic – 2nd-3rd June
- QCC Alley Classic – 16th-17th June
The 2018 QCC series is proudly supported by HIF, ASCC, SurfAid, CoastalWatch, Surfing World, Pages, The Queensland Government and Surfing Queensland.