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INVERLOCH surfing guru, Max Wells, has been
awarded life membership of Surfing Victoria in
recognition of his service to the organisation and
also to surfing in the state and nationally.
He received his award Surfing Victoria’s annual
awards night last Saturday night and it has been
warmly welcomed by local and state surfing or-
It comes almost two years to the day that Max
retired as CEO of Surfing Victoria after 16 years
at the helm and more than 20 years of involve-
ment in the sport’s organisation, being particu-
larly strong in providing opportunities for young
surfers to develop their skills.
At the time of his departure, he was praised
for an “unbelievable job” in putting the sport on
strong foundations in the state, and it’s clear he’s
still held in high regard.
Mr Wells award comes in the week that the Bass
Coast Shire threw its support behind hosting
professional surfing events in the area with the
announcement of the Phillip Island Pro QS1000
event this October.
To be held from October 27 to 31 on Phillip
Island, the event will feature a 1000 rated World
Surf League Qualifying Series (QS) event along-
side the Phillip Island Junior Challenge and In-
Surfing Victoria CEO, Adam Robertson, the
man who replaced Max in the top role, said he
was excited be bringing a QS event back to Victo-
ria and to Phillip Island.
“I am delighted that Surfing Victoria, the Bass
Coast Shire and World Surf League are able to
bring a QS event back to Victoria and particularly
to Phillip Island which has some of the best waves
in the state.
“The QS is the stepping stone to the World Tour
and provides junior surfers with some great expe-
rience against older surfers,” he said.
“By having this event, we are completing the de-
velopment pathway for our junior surfers starting
from our grass roots participation events all the
way up to the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.”
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, mir-
rors the excitement commenting on the suitability
of hosting the event in Bass Coast.
“Being surrounded by some of the best surf in
Australia many of the athletes we produce are
surfers,” Cr Rothfield said.
“By hosting this event we are both validating the
dream to our young surfers to strive to be their
best, and providing a development pathway for
them by establishing a connection between our
local grassroots events and clubs, and profes-
The primary location for the event will be the
world class beach break Cape Woolamai with
back up options being Flynns Reef, Penguin Pa-
rade, Right Point, Smiths Beach and Surfies
“WSL is thrilled with the announcement of a
new combined men’s and women’s QS1000 event
on Philip Island” said WSL Australia Regional
Manager Will Hayden-Smith
“We’d like to thank Surfing Victoria for their
commitment to giving surfers in their state op-
portunities to pursue the professional surfing
pathway. We’d also like to thanks the Bass Coast
Shire for their support and we can’t wait to see
the WSL Qualifying Series return to the idyllic
coastline of Philip Island.”
Entries for the event will be open via world-
surfleague.com in May, 2017.
The Phillip Island Pro QS1000 is presented by
the Bass Coast Shire and Victorian Government
and supported by Surfing Victoria, HIF Australia
Surfing life award
for Max Wells
Inverloch’s Max Wells was last Saturday
night awarded Life Membership of Surfing
Victoria for his service to the organisation
and also to surfing in the State and nation-
ally. He is pictured being congratulated for
the honour by wife, Debbie.
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