The North-West Coast will host a Surfing Tasmania event for the first time on Saturday as the state body looks to capitalise on a resurgence in the region.
The North-West enjoyed a golden generation in the 1970s and is enjoying another purple patch courtesy of Penguin quartet Liam Viney, Sophie Adams, Dylan Haberlie and Flynn Rossborough, Devonport trio Tom Roberts, Shae Cadle and Raj Blair and Ulverstone teenager Robbie Green.
The four-hour competition will get under way at 8am at Devonport’s Mersey River mouth and will feature team and individual events.
While North-West athletes boast the advantage of home surf, the South is expected to provide some fearsome competitors in the form of women’s state open champion Luca Brodribb and three-time men’s equivalent Hamish Renwick.
Executive officer Shayne Clark said Surfing Tasmania was dedicated to increasing the number of events held in the North-West.
“(A North-West state event) has been a long time coming and is the last frontier to cross for Surfing Tasmania to develop into a fully statewide sport,” Clark said.