IMAGE CREDIT: Destination Kiama / Surfing NSW
KIAMA SURF BEACH, KIAMA (Wednesday, 27 February 2019): Almost $1 million in visitor spend is expected to be generated for the South Coast after the NSW Government has secured a three-year deal to host the Kiama Bodyboard King Pro up to 2021.
Member for Kiama and Parliamentary Secretary for Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward said the NSW Government was proud to support the event, which attracts visitors from across the globe and raises awareness of the area as a potential holiday destination.
“Kiama will strengthen its position as Australia’s home of bodyboarding when the sport’s best athletes visit in August to take part in the 2019 Kiama Bodyboard King Pro,” Mr Ward said.
“The NSW South Coast looks forward to welcoming world-class athletes from countries such as Australia, Brazil, Japan, Indonesia, Hawaii, USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, France, Spain and the UK.
“We estimate that the Kiama Bodyboard King Pro will deliver nearly $1 million to the local visitor economy over three years as well as generating extensive media coverage showcasing our beautiful coastline.
“The wider region is recognised as one of the best areas in the world for bodyboarding given the various breaks from Cronulla to Bawley Point in Ulladulla.
“Kiama is famous for its blowhole but there are many more intriguing and spectacular things to do and see, from the gorgeous beaches to the exhilarating Kiama Coast Walk.
“The ease of getting here is another plus, with the drive from Sydney around 90 minutes along the marvellous Grand Pacific Drive or through the Royal National Park past Wollongong.”
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the Kiama Bodyboard King Pro was part of an impressive calendar of the country’s best and brightest events, all of which call NSW home.
“Ensuring we identify, attract and nurture events in regional NSW is a key priority for the NSW Government as we continue to be Australia’s number one State for tourism.”
Kiama Municipal Council Mayor Mark Honey echoed the Minister’s sentiments.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have Kiama secure this prestigious sporting event for the next three years,” said Honey.
“Our Surf Beach is an ideal location for a world-class bodyboarding competition, with great surf conditions and places for fans to watch the action close up. I’m sure the Kiama area will once again turn on a great welcome for the athletes and fans.
“I also want to acknowledge the work of Destination Kiama is securing a long term deal for this event, which provides our local businesses with more than 100 competitors in town over 11 days, in the slower season of winter, a key goal of our Tourism and Events Strategy.”
Other stops on the APB tour include Hawaii, Brazil, Chile and Portugal.
The Kiama Bodyboard King Pro is the only Association of Professional Bodyboarding (APB) World Tour event in Australia and will run from Aug 30 – September 8th at Surf Beach.
For more information please visit www.surfingaustralia.com/nsw or www.apbtour.com/kiama.
The Kiama Bodyboard King Pro is proudly supported by the NSW Government. The event is a collaboration between Surfing NSW, APB and Destination Kiama to run and host Australia’s largest bodyboard event.