Visit Victoria Rip Curl Pro Trials set for this weekend at Bells Beach

Visit Victoria Rip Curl Pro Trials set for this weekend at Bells Beach

21/03/2018, Victoria, Surfing, Surfing Victoria, Article # 26147578

Visit Victoria Rip Curl Pro Trials set for this weekend at Bells Beach

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Above: Billy Harrison will be one to watch this weekend at Bells Beach as he vies for a spot in the Rip Curl Pro.

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Xavier Huxtable, India Robinson, Sophie Fletcher, Billy Harrison, Bella Wilson, Caiden Fowler, Joe van Dijk.

Photo Credit: Surfing Victoria

For Immediate Release:

Bells Beach, VIC/AUS (Tuesday 20th March 2018): This weekend will see the top Victorian Surfers battle it out for a spot in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach as part of the Visit Victoria Trials.
As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to Victorian surfers, the Visit Victoria Trials offers a wildcard into the main event for one male surfer with a combined Victoria and Rip Curl Trials for the women.
“The Visit Victoria trials is an integral part of our development pathway” said Surfing Victoria CEO, Adam Robertson.
“It ensures that our junior surfers get a chance to surf at Bells Beach but also provides a platform for our more experienced competitors to get a shot in the main draw.”
“Having a dedicated Victorian wildcard is something we are all very proud of and I can’t wait to see who gets the chance to compete against the worlds best this year.”
The singular female wildcard is determined by a heat including 2x Rip Curl surfers and 1x Victorian surfer.
The two male wildcards are allocated to Rip Curl and the Visit Victoria Trials.
Notable Victorian surfers competing across the two days includes former trials winners Tim Stevenson (Jan Juc), Jack Perry (Jan Juc), Cahill Bell-Warren (Bells Beach), Glyndyn Ringrose (Phillip Island) and Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc) along with Qualifying Series competitors Billy Harrison (Barwon Heads), Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc), India Robinson (Jan Juc) and Sophie Fletcher (Phillip Island).
Competition will begin on Sunday at Bells Beach with a call to be made at 7:30am.
Heat Draws and live scores will be available at in the week.
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach can be watched online at
The Visit Victoria Trials is presented by the Victorian Government and supported by the World Surf League, Surfing Victoria and Rip Curl.
AirAsia to surf its way across Australian beaches

AirAsia to surf its way across Australian beaches

19/03/2018, Victoria, Surfing, Surfing Victoria, Article # 26127294

AirAsia to surf its way across Australian beaches

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Photo Credit: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

For Immediate Release:

COOLANGATTA, QLD (Monday, 19 March 2018): AirAsia and Australia’s leading surfing bodies have announced a joint partnership that will see the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier become Surfing’s Official Airline Partner in Australia.

Announced on the Gold Coast alongside the World Surfing League’s (WSL) Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast event with pro surfers Connor O’Leary, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Keanu Asing, and Paige Hareb, the deal between Surfing Australia, state territories and the WSL’s Australian professional series would encourage Australians to adventure beyond their own backyard and explore the hottest surf spots of Asia.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “Aquatic activities such as surfing are part of what makes Australia a special place to live and visit, and we are delighted to form such a strong partnership with the Australian surfing community.

“More than 200 of the world’s best surf breaks can be found in our network within easy reach of Australia, in countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, the Maldives, Japan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

“With over 130 destinations across Asia Pacific and our exceptional service, we are confident Australian’s will have no trouble finding the perfect set to call their own.”

Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said, “Waves of Australians have been packing their boards and jetting off on surfing holidays to parts of Asia for many years.

“Surfing Australia and our state surfing bodies are extremely excited about the program of work we have planned with AirAsia and delighted to have them onboard as the Official Airline Partner in Australia.”

World Surfing League CEO Sophie Goldschmidt said, “WSL fans can expect to see some wonderful additions to our Australian series including the awarding of the AirAsia Big Air© at the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast, Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach and the Margaret River Pro.

“I’m genuinely excited about the additions to the program and more importantly the engagement of our fans as part of this partnership – the WSL welcomes AirAsia to our surfing family.”

To celebrate, the airline has launched its Surfs Up, Fares down sale alongside a special offer that will allow Surfers to pack and travel with their surfboard free of charge to selected destinations on the AirAsia network*. 

AirAsia pioneered long-haul low-cost travel to and from Australia in November 2007 when the first AirAsia X aircraft touched down on the Gold Coast. Since then, AirAsia has carried more than 6.2 million Australian guests on its global network. 

AirAsia’s Surfs Up, Fares down sale begins on the 19th March 2018 with fares from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and the Gold Coast to the exotic surf spots of Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Bali and Thailand starting from just $239* one way.
To book your next surfing adventure visit:

*Booking period 19 March 2018 – 01 April 2018 for travel period 01 May 2018 – 31 August 2018. Complimentary surfboard baggage allowance is available by using the promotional code ‘FREESURF’. The surfboard offer is valid for bookings made during the period 19 March 2018 – 13 May 2018 to selected AirAsia ports. For full terms and conditions visit: 

About AirAsia
AirAsia, the world’s leading low-cost carrier, services an extensive network of over 130 destinations across Asia Pacific. Since starting operations in 2001, AirAsia has carried more than 400 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 200. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines as well as India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and the US. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards nine times in a row from 2009 to 2017. AirAsia was also awarded World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fifth consecutive year at the 2017 World Travel Awards, where it became the inaugural recipient of the World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew award.
Surfing Victoria Board Appoint Ashleigh Wall as Chairperson

Surfing Victoria Board Appoint Ashleigh Wall as Chairperson

16/03/2018, Victoria, Surfing, Surfing Victoria, Article # 26097759

Surfing Victoria Board Appoint Ashleigh Wall as Chairperson

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Photo Credit: Liam Robertson

For Immediate Release:

Torquay, VIC/AUS (Friday 16th March 2018): The Board of Surfing Victoria are pleased to announce the appointment of Ashleigh Wall as the new Chairperson as of March 13, 2018 taking over from the outgoing Paul Robson.
Ms Wall is the first female chair of Surfing Victoria. Joining the Board of Surfing Victoria in 2014, Ms Wall is an experienced corporate lawyer, passionate sportsperson and advocate for corporate social responsibility within the state.
Growing up in the Victorian coastal town of Barwon Heads, Ms Wall began surfing as a teenager and was an active member of the 13th Beach Boardriders club. This saw her become a junior and open female champion at the club.
Key priorities for Surfing Victoria under Ms Wall’s leadership will be to continue to work with key stakeholders to increase participation in all levels of surfing and promote gender equality through such things as its female stand up paddle boarding program Coasting.
“Surfing already plays a large role in the economy through tourism and businesses, and we will work with stakeholders to create greater value for our state.”
“I am really proud about the way in which we reach to all members of the community and believe surfing can play a key role in enriching people’s lives as a lifestyle, recreational or sporting pursuit.”
“We have introduced some fantastic programs which are working to increase participation and a level playing field for women and girls, and indigenous Australians, in all areas of the sport and this will continue to be a focus.” said Ms Wall.
 “I am honoured to be stepping into the role at such an important time in Surfing Victoria’s growth, and look forward to working with the Board and our CEO, to build on our strong foundations as a progressive, inclusive and leading sporting organisation” said Ms Wall.
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank our outgoing Chair Paul Robson who through his leadership has continued Surfing Victoria’s role as a leading sporting organisation. Paul will continue to be an instrumental member of our Board. ”
Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson is looking forward to having Ms Wall’s experience leading the organisation.
“We are stoked to have Ash elected as Chair of the Surfing Victoria Board.”
“She has been an invaluable contributor in her role as board member over the past four years and has the experience to take Surfing Victoria to the next level as Chair.”
“I look forward to working with Ash into the future on some new exciting projects.”
CV News - March 2018

CV News - March 2018

14/03/2018, Victoria, Cycling , Cycling Victoria, Article # 26074491


Welcome to the latest news from Cycling Victoria!

This weekend promises to be huge, with both 'The Amazing Ride' and Mansfield Tour taking place. Best of luck to everyone participating!

As always, please call Cycling Victoria (03-8480 3000) or
 email us if you have any questions.

Yours in cycling,
The CV Team
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The Amazing Ride is fast approaching!
Families across Melbourne are set for a fun-filled day on their bikes this Sunday March 18 at 'The Amazing Ride’.

With three ride options (1km - 14km - 32km) starting and finishing at the historic Hawthorn Velodrome, participants will have the opportunity to complete as many or as few of the routes as they wish over a three hour period.  

On-line entries will close at midnight on Thursday March 15. And just a reminder that everyone who enters on-line will receive a free event T-shirt and rider pack. 

Don't miss what promises to be a great day!
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Mansfield Tour: March 17 & 18

Event 2 of the 2018 'Towards Zero' Victorian Road Series will take place this weekend, with the running of the Mansfield Tour.

The List of Entries is now available:
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Stage 1 ITT Start Times will be posted on Thursday...

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ICYMI - DISC Velodrome is currently closed
Just a reminder that the Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC) Velodrome will be closed between March 13 & May 7, 2018. 

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact 
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McCullagh Wins While Hickman Takes Eureka Series Crown

McCullagh Wins While Hickman Takes Eureka Series Crown

12/03/2018, Victoria, Motorsport-Speedway, Victorian Speedway Racing, Article # 26050661

Grand Final Time in the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series at Premier Speedway

Grand Final Time in the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series at Premier Speedway

09/03/2018, Victoria, Motorsport-Speedway, Victorian Speedway Racing, Article # 26017202

Van Dijk and Clarke take top honours in Round 2 of the Victorian Open Titles in pumping waves at Woolamai

Van Dijk and Clarke take top honours in Round 2 of the Victorian Open Titles in pumping waves at Woolamai

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Joe Van Dijk, Tim Stevenson, Carl Wright, Tristan Forras, Zoe Clarke, Angela Ball, Sophie Fletcher, Bella Wilson

Photo Credit: Nathan Rivalland

For Immediate Release:

Cape Woolamai, VIC/AUS (Saturday 3rd March 2018): Joe Van Dijk (Smiths Beach) and Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc) have taken out Round 2 of the Victorian Open Series presented by HIF Australia held at Woolamai Beach. 

Competitors were greeted with pumping conditions with the Woolamai banks lighting up all day delivering major scoring potential for all surfers during the course of the day. Earlier in the day many competitors found themselves entrenched in some amazing barrels. 

The Open Mens division was hotly contested all day with many heats going down to the wire. Getting the nod in the end was current WQS surfer Joe Van Dijk (Smiths Beach) who in the final showed his local knowledge to score a 16.80 out of a possible 20 point heat total.

"The waves were really fun out there". Van Dijk said.

"I'm stoked to get the win here at home, I was lucky to get a few good ones". 

Coming in a slender margin behind in 2nd was Tim Stevenson (Jan Juc 16.06) with Carl Wright (Phillip Island 15.50) trailing in 3rd, whilst Tristan Forras (Jan Juc) came in 4th with an 11.40 heat total out of a possible 20 points.

In the Open Womens Division, former Open Champion Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc) took a convincing win in the final finding a number of fun Woolamai walls. 

"The waves were amazing out there". Clarke said. 

"I can't wait to get back out there after the presentation, it's pumping".

Finishing in 2nd, charging throughout the whole day was Angela Ball (Jan Juc), with Sophie Fletcher (Phillip Island) and Bella Wilson (Jan Juc) finishing in 3rd and 4th respectively. 

Full schedule and heat draws can be found at



1st: Joe Van Dijk
2nd: Tim Stevenson
3rd: Carl Wright 
4th: Tristan Forras


1st: Zoe Clarke
2nd: Angela Ball
3rd: Sophie Fletcher
4th: Bella Wilson 

The Victorian Open Series is presented by HIF Australia and supported by Coastalwatch, Rocktape and City to Surf Mobile Cafe. 
With an Outstanding Drive McCullagh takes Eureka Series R12 Win

With an Outstanding Drive McCullagh takes Eureka Series R12 Win

05/03/2018, Victoria, Motorsport-Speedway, Victorian Speedway Racing, Article # 25978140

March Groundswell - Surfing Victoria eNews

March Groundswell - Surfing Victoria eNews

01/03/2018, Victoria, Surfing, Surfing Victoria, Article # 25939226
Excellent surf forecasted for Round 2 of the Victorian Open Series
Phillip Island, VIC

Round Two of the Victorian Open Series presented by HIF Australia will head to Phillip Island this weekend with the expectation of excellent surf on Saturday. The premier Open surfing series in the state brings together the best surfers in some of the best waves in Victoria, culminating at Bells Beach in September.
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Round 1 of the HIF Victorian Longboard Titles postponed
Bellarine Peninsula

Day 1 of the first round of the HIF Victorian Longboard Titles presented by City to Surf Mobile Café kicked off in small waves at Clubbies (13th Beach) on the Bellarine Peninsula last Saturday. On Day 2 due to poor surf, the event was postponed. Competitors will be notified of the new date in the coming weeks.

The Woorrangalook Victorian Koori Surf Titles celebrates two decades of Indigenous Surfing
Urquhart Bluff

The Woorrangalook Victorian Koori Surf Titles was held over the weekend at Urquhart Bluff on the Great Ocean Road. More than 120 indigenous surfers from across the state gathered to celebrate the 20th annual event, which brings together indigenous communities in a fun weekend of surfing and indigenous culture.
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2018 Rip Curl Pro 
Bells Beach, VIC

The Rip Curl Pro is celebrating 57 years and the world's best male and female surfers are in town to compete for professional surfing's most treasured trophy - the Rip Curl Pro Bell. The Rip Curl Pro is the second event on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) World Tour. The event holds a very special place in surfing folklore, as the longest running world championship level contest on the World Tour.
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Surfers Rescue 24/7 program launched in Victoria

The highly successful Surfers Rescue 24/7 program was launched this morning by Surfing Victoria as part of the Victorian Governments Play it Safe by the Water initiative. Initially developed by Surfing NSW in response to research that found surfers complete more than 50% of rescues in the ocean, the program has been expanded to Western Australia and now Victoria.
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2018 Wild Women on Water
Pt Impossible, VIC

The 9th annual WWOW women's surfing event will be held on Saturday 3rd March, 8am at Point Impossible, Torquay. Sign up here for a day filled with fun and friendship and hopefully some memorable waves. 
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Victorian SUP Titles  - Pt Impossible/Surf Coast - Apr 28-29 - Enter Online
Woolworths Vic Jnr Surfing Titles Rd 3 - Surf Coast - May 5-6 - Enter Online
HIF Vic Longboard Titles Rd 2 - Pt Impossible - May 19-20 - Enter Online
Australian Indigenous Titles - Bells Beach - May 25-27 - Enter Online
Victorian Open Series Rd 3 - Surf Coast - Sep 8-9 - Enter Online