Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to watch the 2018 Margaret River Pro at the world-class facilities at Surfers Point, and millions of viewers via global broadcasts, showcasing the stunning region to the world.
- World's best surfers to ride extraordinary Margaret River waves and showcase region
- Thousands of spectators and millions of international viewers to see the best of the South West
- World-class event to create jobs and inject millions into the local economy by attracting visitors to the State.
The Margaret River Pro forms part of the World Surf League (WSL) World Championship Tour (WCT), where the top ranked 34 male (plus two wildcard entries) and 17 female surfers (plus one wildcard entry) compete over a 12-day period.
Margaret River is one of 11 WCT events globally which occur at iconic destinations including Pipeline on the North Shore in Hawaii, Jeffreys Bay in South Africa and Teahupo'o in Tahiti.
The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia's Regional Events Program, proudly supports the Margaret River Pro.
The event, now in its 34th year, is a celebration of sun, surf, food and arts in an extraordinary natural environment, and will again offer three wave options for the competition – Mainbreak, The Box and North Point.
Competing surfers will include John John Florence, Filipe Toledo, Gabriel Medina, Joel Parkinson, Tyler Wright, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons and our very own newly named 'WSL rookie of the year' Bronte Macaulay.
Four years ago, the Margaret River Pro event was elevated to World Surf League's World Championship Tour status, making it Western Australia's only annual world championship event.
Last year's Pro was considered the best in the event's history, with about 35,000 spectators attending.
When the event's five-year contract came to an end last year, there was speculation it may be dropped from the WCT but extensive campaigning by the McGowan Government and Surfing WA saw it secured for another two years.
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"The tour's third stop brings the world's best surfers to ride the extraordinary waves of WA's South West.
"After 33 years, the Margaret River Pro has become an important feature on WA's event calendar. I'd like to thank the World Surf League and Surfing WA for their contributions, and wish all the competitors the best of luck.
"Hosting international sporting events is an important part of our Two-year Action Plan to drive visitation, including positioning WA as Australia's western gateway; changing perceptions of Perth and attracting more people, more often to regional WA.
"The Margaret River Pro will not only deliver significant national and international media coverage of the State throughout the global broadcast, it will also inject millions into the economy by attracting visitors to the State."
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"The Margaret River Pro is a terrific drawcard to open tourists' eyes to all the South West has to offer.
"The headline event is just the beginning – with the South West's many stunning and unique tourist attractions to receive flow-on benefits from the exposure the Pro generates.
"Local surfers and surfing fans alike will also have the opportunity to soak up some of the best surfing action the world has to offer – ensuring the popular sport continues to go from strength to strength in WA."