Qld circuit zapped with big Billabong bucks
QUEENSLAND surfing got a shot in the arm yesterday when surfwear label Billabong announced a $250,000 injection into Surfing Queensland's Championship Circuit. The sponsorship deal spaced over three years is a timely reviver specially for the women's circuit which was shelved last year due to lack of backing. The deal is the richest in the 40 year history of Surfing Queensland and will cement the 2005 Billabong QCC as the strongest state based surfing circuit in the nation. The circuit will pit red hot locals, professional World Qualifying Series (WQS) competitors and up-coming juniors against each other in the competitive surfing arenas of the Sunshine and Gold Coast point and beach breaks. The Billabong input will see the prize money triple on the 2005 circuit in both the men's and women's tournaments. The Billabong Championship Circuit will crown the 2005 Queensland Open Men's and Open Women's Champions. The overall Billabong QCC winner will get a shot at tak- ing on the world's best surfers in the opening 2006 World Championship Tour (WCT) event on the Gold Coast. The 2005 Billabong QCC champion will receive one of only twelve berths on offer in the 2006 Gold Coast WCT Trials.