WA Tourism minister Kim Hames this week confirmed a stellar line up for this year’s Telstra Drug Aware Pro.
Local hero and world number three Taj Burrow, two time world champion Mick Fanning and world number five Bede Durbidge had formally committed to the event along with a hot list of other national and international surfers.
Picture: Sally Fitzgibbons
Mr Hames also said a bumper list of female stars was set to shine at Surfer’s Point.
“Seven of the top female surfers in the world will also be part of the action, including currently ranked number two Sally Fitzgibbons and number three Carissa Moore,” he said.
Margaret River’s Creed McTaggart, Gracetown’s Bronte Macaulay and Yallingup surfer Mikaela Greene were also this week announced as the event’s wildcard entrants.
Mr Hames confirmed the event’s finals would be broadcast nationally on pay-per-view channel Fuel TV and also be streamed on the internet live.
“This will not only showcase the talent of world famous surfers, but also the extraordinary Margaret River region,” he said.
“Margaret River is renowned for having some of the world’s best surf breaks with powerful waves and an extraordinary coastline.
“Complementing the event in 2011 will be a Fringe Festival, comprising surf, art and music.
“This festival will embrace the surfing culture and the impact this has had on the Margaret River region and its community.”
This year’s men’s event has been upgraded to the Prime Tour and the prize pool has been bolstered to $250,000.
The women’s event will remain a six star prime rated WQS event. A full list of competitors will be announced on March 8.
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