Telstra Drug Aware Pro 2012

Telstra Drug Aware Pro 2012

Western Australia Minister for Tourism Kim Hames

Surf’s Up In Margaret River For World’s Best

Victor P Taffa

  • 2012 Telstra Drug Aware Pro Margaret River attracts world-class field
  • Four-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore back after five-year absence
  • Men’s tour veterans and young stars to compete

The famous big waves of Margaret River will again host some of the world’s best surfers during next month’s Telstra Drug Aware Pro.

Tourism Minister Kim Hames today confirmed that four-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore would head a star-studded women’s draw.

“Stephanie Gilmore is a genuine sporting superstar, and it’s great to see her back on the tour and back at Margaret River after injury ruined her 2011 campaign.” Dr. Hames said.

The women’s field will also feature 2011 Margaret River champion Courtney Conlogue; former world champion and 2011 world number seven Sofia Mulanovich; 2011 world number nine Pauline Ado; and 2011 world number 10 Laura Enever.

The men’s draw will feature last year’s world number two, three and four surfers in Joel Parkinson, Owen Wright and Taj Burrow; as well as reigning Margaret River champion Damien Hobgood; 2011 world number eight Josh Kerr; and two times world champion Mick Fanning.

“This year’s Telstra Drug Aware Pro will also feature two of the hottest young surfers in the world, 19-year-old Hawaiian John John Florence and 17-year-old Californian Kolohe Andino.” the Minister said.

John John Florence won the 2011 season-ending Vans Triple Crown and started 2012 with a win at his home break of Pipeline. Kolohe Andino joins the world tour this year after winning an unprecedented nine US National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) titles.

Event organisers continue negotiations to bring the world’s greatest surfing champion, Kelly Slater, back to Margaret River this year.

The State Government, through Eventscorp, has been a proud supporter of the Telstra Drug Aware Pro Margaret River since 1985. Other major sponsors include Telstra and Healthway.

“This is a fantastic event to promote the extraordinary Margaret River region as well as Heathway’s very important Drug Aware message.” Dr. Hames said.

Fact File

  • Telstra Drug Aware Pro will be held on March 19-26 at Surfers Point, Prevelly