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Locals vying for surfing wildcards
Gracetown sisters Bronte and Laura Macaulay are hoping to compete. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian

A group of WA surfers will today battle it out for three wildcard places in the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, offering them the chance to compete against the world's best.

Today's trials at Prevelly's main break will determine which three locals join the top 34 men and top 17 women on the second stop of the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour.

Gracetown sisters Bronte and Laura Macaulay will take on another six WA women, including pro surfers Claire Bevilacqua and Felicity Palmateer.

Surfing is in the Macaulay sisters' DNA.

Dad Dave was on the world tour for 10 years and is now one of the region's best-known board shapers.

Mr Macaulay is now enjoying watching Bronte, 20, and Laura, 22, and their siblings Ellie and Jack make waves of their own.

"Getting into the main event would be amazing, to surf against the best in the world," said Bronte, who won a women's pro junior event in Newcastle in February. The sisters hope to follow in their father's footsteps and one day qualify for the world tour.

Eighteen regional male surfers, including Jack Robinson, Jake Paterson and Jacob Willcox, will compete for the two wildcard spots in the men's event.

This year's pro marks the first time in 20 years that Margaret River has been included on the world tour for the men and women.

Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore, who won the first stop of the WCT in Queensland last month, have already posted photos after arriving in Margaret River. Eleven-time world champion Slater posted a picture of a hamper from the Margaret River Providore, remarking "looks like this week's diet plan is out the window".

Yallingup local Taj Burrow showed fellow pro surfers around Hay Shed Hill winery.

The West Australian

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