Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    On board for ocean sport spectacle in Lancelin

    14/01/2016 8:00 AM
    • Lancelin Ocean Classic international windsurfing and kitesurfing race starts today
    • Ocean paddle and stand-up paddle races are included for the first time
    • Supported by State Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions 

    Australia's premier windsurfing race, the Lancelin Ocean Classic, has grown to include ocean kayakers and stand-up paddlers in the competition's line-up for the first time.


    Thousands of spectators are expected in and around Lancelin as four days of on-water action starts today, headlined by Saturday's 25 kilometre windsurfing and kitesurfing marathons.


    Tourism Minister Kim Hames said kitesurfers, ocean kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders would also tackle the marathon course, from Ledge Point to Lancelin, alongside wave, freestyle and short-course contests for most disciplines.


    "The spectacular coastline in this part of Western Australia is known worldwide for its ideal ocean-racing conditions, and the Lancelin Ocean Classic is now one of Australia's longest-running windsurfing events," Dr Hames said.


    "It is no surprise that these races continue to attract local, national and international competitors as well as visitors to Lancelin, providing many economic and social benefits to the community."


    The Lancelin Ocean Classic is proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions.


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said positioning regional Western Australia as a recognised events destination was vital.


    "Events such as the Lancelin Ocean Classic contribute in both the short and long-term to local businesses through increased patronage and people spreading the word about the great experience they've had in regional communities," Mr Redman said.


    "Tourism has a strong influence on regional development and I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions invest in the Regional Events Program to bring significant social and economic benefits throughout regional WA."


    Dr Hames said tourism was crucial to the State's economy, generating $8.9 billion in visitor spend in the 12 months to September 2015, but the goal was to increase that value to $12 billion by 2020.


    "Events are critical drivers of tourism as they attract visitors, boost the economy, add vibrancy to the community and raise the profile of the State nationally and internationally through valuable media exposure," he said.


    Fact File

    Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700