Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    WA welcomes world’s best surfers for Margaret River Pro

    28/05/2019 11:30 AM
    • World's top surfers to compete from May 29-June 9
    • Event anticipated to attract thousands of visitors to the region
    • Supported by the State Government, through Tourism WA

    Millions of people worldwide will see Margaret River's famous surf conditions, picturesque vineyards and lush forests when the town hosts the Margaret River Pro event for 12 days from tomorrow (May 29).


    The event is part of the World Surf League's Championship Tour and is supported by the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia.


    The competition attracts the world's top 34 professional men and top 17 professional women surfers, including current world champions Gabriel Medina and Stephanie Gilmore.


    An opportunity to secure a guaranteed wildcard entry into the main draw will also be made available to one WA man and one WA woman through pre event trials.


    Thousands of spectators are expected to travel to the region to watch the event, held at Margaret River Main Break with the added option of utilising backup locations of The Box and North Point if conditions are favourable.


    The event will also be showcased through digital platforms and a global television broadcast with promotional material showcasing the South-West region as a desirable surf and tourism destination.


    This coverage will include Western Australia's key international tourism markets such as the United States of America, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and China.


    In February this year, the State Government successfully negotiated for the event to remain on the World Surf League Championship Tour until 2021, with the option to extend for a further year.


    The State Government, through Tourism WA, has been a proud sponsor of the Margaret River Pro for more than 30 years.


    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Margaret River has an international reputation as a tourism destination for its spectacular coastline, towering forests and premium food and wine.


    "The Margaret River Pro attracts thousands of spectators to the region to see the biggest international surf stars, while millions more watch from around the globe.


    "It's an ideal event to showcase the beauty of this region and to entice more travellers to experience it for themselves.


    "It's also a valuable source of jobs and income for the local community and the State, which is why we're delighted to have locked it in to the World Surf League Championship Tour calendar until at least 2021.


    "This commitment means the event will continue to provide an economic boost to the region for the next three years."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600