Sydney is the latest in a string of humongous cities recently bestowed with ASP events as The Australian Open of Surfing (an extension of the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach) will hit Manly Beach in February. The 2011 World Tour schedule is packed with the likes of Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, and New York City. Sydney is the most logical addition to what many consider the Dream-gone-City Tour 2012. Although technically, the Oz Open isn’t part of the “World Tour;” it’s a 6-star comp that’s sanctioned by the ASP.
Despite a fair amount of grumbling from the surf community about non-paradisiacal backdrops and less-than-perfect waves, Evan Slater, Hurley’s VP of Surf Marketing, doesn’t see city surfing as a drag. In fact, he claims the push for urban contest destinations came from the surfers.