Western Australia Minister for Tourism Elizabeth Constable
World’s Best Suit Up For Finals Of Biggest Ever Margaret River Drug Aware Pro
Victor P Taffa
The world’s surfing elite will compete in the finals of the biggest ever Drug Aware Pro in Margaret River this weekend.
Tourism Minister Liz Constable said no other World Qualifying Series (WQS) surfing event anywhere in the world could boast such an impressive line-up of competitors.
“The State Government’s support has considerably elevated the Drug Aware Pro to attract the sport’s big names and it’s now considered the most significant WQS surfing event in the Australasian region.” Dr. Constable said.
“The Pro is a six-star prime-rated men’s and women’s event, sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals and part of the new look World Surfing Tour. Seven of the world’s top 10 men’s surfers and six of the world’s top 10 women’s surfers will compete for title honours.”
“World champion Mick Fanning, current world No. 1 and local hero Taj Burrow, and women’s world No. 3 Sophia Mulanovich will all be vying for the titles.”
The Minister said the event also provided worldwide exposure for Western Australia’s extraordinary South-West, which was recently named as one of the top 10 regions of the world by Lonely Planet.
“The South-West’s ability to attract events such as this provides the region with exposure that will enhance its reputation as an extraordinary surf and holiday destination.” the Minister said.
“In an Australian first, all of the final stages will be broadcast live nationally on cable television and all of the action will be streamed live online in real time through the website.”
“A 52-minute program will also be distributed nationally on free-to-air TV and globally, promoting the region to millions of prospective visitors.”
Entry for spectators to the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is free.