Newcastle will launch the Australian leg of the world pro surfing tour, with 52 of the best surfers from across the globe set to converge on the city in April.

City of Newcastle in partnership with the NSW Government through tourism and major events agency Destination NSW has secured the new event kicking off at Merewether Beach from the start of April as the first Australian stop on the World Surf League (WSL)’s revamped 2021 Championship Tour (CT).

The event will showcase Newcastle to a global audience of more than 10 million viewers, livestreamed across various platforms and broadcast on Channel 7 and Fox Sports.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the WSL event was a massive coup for Newcastle, providing a major boost to the tourism sector by promoting the city and our coastline on the world stage.

“The event will bring a major influx of competitors, media representatives, event officials and fans to our city throughout April, delivering an estimated benefit of more than $15 million to Newcastle’s economy.

The City of Newcastle Tourism Team is already working with industry partners including Destination NSW to secure and amplify media opportunities, accommodation options, industry resources and more.

NTIG is working closely with City of Newcastle and will keep members updated on how to make the most of this international event.