Jones Beach will take on Port Kembla, while northern Illawarra clubs Scarborough and Sandon Point face off, as some of the state's best meet in the Australian Boardriders Battle, which begins at Kiama on Saturday.
As a curtain-raiser to the Australian Open of Surfing leg on Sunday and Monday, Jones Beach and Port Kembla have been drawn in a heat with Elouera and Cronulla.
On the other side, the contest between Sandon Point, Scarborough, Culburra and Maroubra will no doubt produce some high-scoring waves. The Kiama leg is one of three upcoming in NSW, with Coffs Harbour and North Narrabeen to follow, then the national final in January.
The prime locations for the Australian Boardriders Battle and the Kiama Open is Bombo and Jones boaches, with backup location of Werri Beach.
Then the individual competition is underway in the Australian Open, including 56 men and 30 women competing in 20-minute heads, leading into Monday's finals event. Dean Bowen and Kalani Ball are the leading Illawarra hopes.
The prizepool includes $1500 for the winner, with $900 for the runner-up and $600 for third.
It follows events at the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Cronulla and Port Macquarie in recent weeks.
The even with a welcome boost to the South Coast community after last year's bushfires and the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The Kiama Open is the perfect opportunity to showcase our stunning location and world-class surf to the rest of the country," Kiama MP Gareth Ward.