The top surfers on the planet are set to descend upon The Margaret River Region for what has become one of the most celebrated events on Western Australia’s sporting and tourism calendars.
The 30th annual Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, which kicks off on April 15, will see the likes of Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore competing for Championship Tour (CT) points at Margaret River’s famed ‘Mainbreak’.
The World Surf League Championship Tour will bring the top 34 ranked male (plus two wild card entries) and top 17 ranked female (plus one wild card entry) surfers to the extraordinary waves of Western Australia.
“The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is now one of the best surfing events in the world thanks to its elevated status on the Championship Tour,” said Mr Lane.
“We made a strategic decision to keep the event free and we are expecting thousands of spectators at Surfer’s Point to watch the world’s best take on the famous Margaret River Mainbreak,” he said.
Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association CEO Pip Close affirmed that the recently completed viewing platform made Surfers Point one of the best possible vantage points for a surfing competition.
“The $5.9m Surfers Point Redevelopment Project, which was recently the recipient of a prestigious national award as part of the 2015 Australian Coastal Awards, significantly enhances the experience of the event for spectactors, sponsors and media,” said Ms Close.
“The hard work and investment from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and Royalties for Regions has certainly raised the profile of the Drug Aware Pro.
“We are ecstatic to have these outstanding athletes in our region – not only surfing our waves, but enjoying our exceptional food, wine and tourism offerings,” said Ms Close.
“Where else in Australia can you watch a world championship surfing event, then nip five minutes down the road to a winery for lunch?” she said.
Ms Close also praised the event for taking out the 2014 WA Tourism Awards ‘Major Festivals and Events’ category.
“The success of this event has been a culmination of hard work and investment from Tourism WA, Events Corp and Surfing WA,” she said.
Surfing legend Tom Carroll, winner of the 1986, 1987 and 1992 Margaret River Pro and a beach commentator for this year’s event, said he is looking forward to returning the Margaret River Region.
“I love the pristine environment of The Margaret River Region, the clean air, the experience of surfing there and the feeling of being on the edge of an ancient continent,” said the two-time
world surfing champion.
Surfers will compete on the best days of the 12 day event window, from April 15 – 26.
For more information, visit www.worldsurfleague.com/events
To book accommodation for the event, head to www.margaretriver.com