Surfers Point near Margaret River was being transformed yesterday into a world stage for surfing royalty ahead of the Drug Aware Pro, which kicks off today.

VIP marquees and a private lounge for surfers with sweeping views of the contest site were getting the final touches as the creme de la creme of the surfing world - including world champions Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore - rolled into town.

As Margaret River locals kept their eyes peeled for a glimpse of their surfing heroes from all over the world, local legend Taj Burrow was just happy to be home.

Burrow said the South West was still his favourite place to surf.

"I still have my favourite places to go like Tahiti and Indonesia where there is warm water and nice conditions but I like the South West better than anywhere," he said.

The line-up for the Pro reads like a who's who of Australian surfing with Josh Kerr, Julian Wilson and Owen Wright all returning to Surfers Point.

It is expected 25,000 to 30,000 spectators will watch the event, largely because of its World Championship Tour status.

The West Australian

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