WESTERN Australia’s only world championship level surfing event is staying until at least 2021.
Surfing WA chief executive Mark Lane and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia were in Trigg this morning to announce the Margaret River Pro would retain its Championship Tour status.
Last year’s edition of the event was cancelled due to fears over sharks, after two attacks near Gracetown.
But the World Surf League and State Government, through Tourism WA, have struck a sponsorship deal that secures the event on the tour until at least 2021, with option for an extension.
Mr Papalia said it was great for WA and surfing.
“There’s a tremendous opportunity for young people to come and see the heroes they to emulate right on their own doorstep and look at the best in the world,” he said.
Tourism WA has sponsored the event for more than 30 years and it has been part of the tour since 2014.
Past competitors include Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore.