- Women’s WCT event in 2013, Men’s WCT status starts in 2014
In a major sporting coup for Western Australia, Premier Colin Barnett has announced that the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro has been granted World Championship Tour (WCT) status by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP).
“This is an outstanding outcome for WA and in particular the Margaret River region – it will draw even more visitors to an already popular event and provide priceless international exposure,” the Premier said.
WCT status guarantees that the top 32 ranked male and top 18 ranked female surfers in the world will compete at Margaret River, with the competition expanding to a 12-day window from the current seven.
The State Government supported Surfing WA’s bid for WCT status through its events arm Eventscorp, with additional funding from the Royalties for Regions regional events program.
Tourism Minister Kim Hames said WCT status confirmed the reputation of Margaret River’s Surfers Point as a world-class surfing destination.
“Even as second-tier tour event the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro has been an outstanding success,” Dr Hames said.
“But elevation to WCT status will bring Margaret River in line with 10 of the top surf locations in the world, including Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline and Teahupoo in Tahiti.”
WCT status for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro begins next year for the women’s event and in 2014 for the men’s. Both WCT licences extend until 2017.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the elevation of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro to WCT status would bring additional benefits to the region.
“Events like this make a valuable contribution towards building strong, sustainable regional communities that are desirable places to live because they improve the social amenity, add excitement, attract visitation and bolster local economies,” Mr Grylls said.
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Sean Blocksidge is the owner operator of the Margaret River Discovery Company, an avid photographer, blogger and South West WA ambassador. In 2010 he won Western Australian Guide of the Year and his tours have been rated the #1 thing to do in Australia on the Tripadvisor website for the past two years.