Telstra Drug Aware Pro 4-10 April 2011

Telstra Drug Aware Pro 4-10 April 2011

Western Australia Minister for Tourism Kim Hames

World’s Best Surfers To Head West For Telstra Drug Aware Pro

Victor P Taffa

Tourism Minister Kim Hames today announced the strongest line-up of surfing champions ever to compete in the Telstra Drug Aware Pro Margaret River.

Dr. Hames said that although entries had not yet been closed, the 2011 event already featured many of the stars of the world circuit including Two Times World Champion and Current Number Four Mick Fanning, Current World Number Three Taj Burrow, and Number Five Bede Durbidge.

“Seven of the top female surfers in the world will also be part of the action, including currently ranked number two Sally Fitzgibbons and number three Carissa Moore.” Dr. Hames said.



“The Telstra Drug Aware Pro is the only Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) prime rated event in Australasia and will offer the biggest prize pool of any World Qualifying Series event this year.”

“Together with the impressive line up, this will make the event the biggest and the best ever in Western Australia.” Dr. Hames said.

The Minister said the State Government, through Eventscorp, had been a proud supporter of the iconic surfing competition since 1985.

“I would also like to welcome the support of Telstra, who have come on board this year as co naming rights sponsor, and acknowledge Healthway for their continued support of the event through the Drug Aware Campaign.” Dr. Hames said.

The Telstra Drug Aware Pro is a free event, held from April 4-10, 2011 at Surfers Point in Prevelly. Registrations for the competition close on March 8.

Dr. Hames said the action from the finals would be shown live nationally on Fuel TV.  It would also be streamed live on the internet and a highlights program would be broadcast on free to air and pay TV to millions of viewers worldwide.

“This will not only showcase the talent of world famous surfers, but also the extraordinary Margaret River Region.” Dr. Hames said.

“Margaret River is renowned for having some of the world’s best surf breaks with powerful waves and an extraordinary coastline.  It is also recognised for its world-class wineries, caves and tall timber forests.”

“Complementing the event in 2011 will be a Fringe Festival, comprising surf, art and music. This festival will embrace the surfing culture and the impact this has had on the Margaret River region and its community.” Dr. Hames said.