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Famous swell the star at Margaret River Classic
Famous swell the star at Margaret River Classic

The first spots in the 2013 Margaret River Pro trials will be up for grabs at this weekend’s Margaret River Classic.

Tom Innes told the Times Surfing WA would give the winners of the competition’s men’s and women’s open division a direct path to qualify for the State’s premier professional surfing event.

More than 100 competitors are expected to take on Surfers Point’s famed swell at the three-day event, which started this morning at 6.30am.

Innes, the Margaret River Boardriders Club’s president, said a small swell forecast had benefited the event.

“The event swell forecast is looking small for the Friday and Saturday, which has brought an increase in junior and women’s entries,” he said.

“Sunday is looking like its going to be a stormy and will be a true test of the State’s best surfers’ waterman skills.”

Event co-ordinator Brett Hardy said he expected younger, lighter surfers to cut loose at the Classic.

“Guys like Matt Baldock and Jethro Hedstrom will let rip on the small waves and they’ll be hard to beat,” he said.

“We also have quality surfers like Creed McTaggart who I expect to be a contender.

“We have a couple of great surfers from the bluff region in Imogen Caldwell and Alexandra Durant, who have been getting big barrels up north, coming down to compete and they’ll stick it to the competition,” he said.

“I’d definitely expect our local girls like Bronte and Laura (Macaulay) to be up there too.

“Former tour surfer Claire Bevilacqua will throw caution to the wind and have a big crack too.”

Local over-40s-and-50s surfers would kick off proceedings today while the open men’s, women’s and pro junior events will start tomorrow from 6.30am, with finals on Sunday.