Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ocean6: The future of surfs sports has arrived

Ocean6, the new look of surf sports competition, was revealed today along with the announcement of Kellogg Australia’s continued sponsorship of the iconic Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series.

Taking place over six ocean festivals the Ocean6 Series has been designed to bring the action and excitement of surf sport disciplines into the modern age. Ocean6 combines the skills of an Olympic swimmer, with a world class track and field athlete and an ocean-faring ski and board paddler into one high-octane competition.

Athletes compete across six disciplines; Paddle Board, Open Ocean Swim, Surf Ski, Taplin Relay, Beach Flags, and the flagship Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman professional competition.

The first round kicks off at Queenscliff on October 28. Events will run along the East Coast over the summer season through to the sixth round at North Cronulla over the 24th – 25th of February. With 300 thousand dollars in cash prize money up for grabs the competition will be hotly contested by the best surf sport athletes in Australia and the world.

Trent Goulding, Ocean6 spokesperson said:

“I am thrilled to announce the Ocean6 Series, a joint venture between Summer of Surf and Surf Sports Australia.”

”We are confident that this new program delivers more than ever before, and that our athletes and fans will embrace the brand-new series which has been developed through extensive market research and athlete engagement at each stage of the process.

“We are proud to deliver a sustainable, contemporary and relevant product that will stand the test of time.”

The Ocean6 consulted broadly with top surf sports athletes throughout the process, and the new look series has been welcomed by the reigning champions of the iconic Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series.

Harriet Brown, reigning Nutri-Grain IronWoman Champion said:’I’m excited about the upcoming Ocean6 Series. Hopefully with Summer of Surf and Surf Sports Australia joining forces, our sport will continue to grow.”

“I’m looking forward to bringing my best to each of the six rounds of the new Ocean6 Series.” She added.

Today’s announcement also confirms that Kellogg Australia will continue sponsorship of the iconic Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series which continues within the new event format of Ocean6 Series.

“We are proud to be continuing our longstanding support of surf lifesaving and surf sports, now well in to our fourth decade” said Janine Brooker, Kellogg Portfolio Marketing Manager.

“IronMen and IronWomen are such wonderful role models, encouraging Australians to live a healthy lifestyle and remain unstoppable in the face of life’s challenges; they are great ambassadors for our business and our brand” said Brooker.

Fox Sports has secured broadcast rights to the series with two-hour segments covering the highlights across each of the qualifying rounds and live broadcast of round six.

Ocean6 also announced First National Real Estate as the sponsor for the First National Real Estate Board Series. Four additional Ocean6 Event Partner opportunities exist across Surf Ski, Ocean Swim, Beach Flags and Taplin.

Ocean6 confirmed the dates and locations for the six-round series:

Round One: 28th-29th October, Queenscliff NSW

Round Two: 18th-19th November, Coolum Sunshine Coast QLD

Round Three: 16th-17th December, North Wollongong NSW

Round Four: 12th-14th January, Torquay & Fairhaven Beaches, VIC

Round Five: 3rd-4th February, Surfers Paradise QLD

Round Six: 24th-25th February, North Cronulla NSW