WA Seeks To Draw World’s Top Surfing Talent

The WA government has officially launched a bid to make Margaret River Pro next year a prestigious event which would ensure it draws the world’s top 34 surfers. The Pro could possibly be ranked an Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour competition as soon as next year.

The news article “WA chases world’s top surfers” has full details on this story. It quotes Surfing WA chief executive Mr Mark Lane as saying: “A WCT event for both men and women is certainly a goal of ours and while we are happy with our current event rating we would certainly jump at the opportunity should a WCT licence become available. We are in the early stages of investigating this opportunity and, from our discussions with the surfers themselves, sponsors, the ASP and other stakeholders we have concluded it is definitely worth pursuing.” http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/14573747/wa-chases-worlds-top-surfers/

Mr Mark noted that though holding a WCT competition in the Margaret River region was the ultimate objective, the ASP events licensing rules were the major obstruction as the system limited two WCT licences to each continent. These are currently held by Rip Curl Pro (Bells Beach, Victoria) and Quiksilver Pro (Gold Coast).

Mr Mark further said that Rip Curl and Quiksilver were firmly holding their east coast competition licences, but indicated that Surfing WA was willing to grab the opportunity in case any of these competitions fall short.

It has been learnt that Quiksilver, notwithstanding its commitment to the Gold Coast, has shown interest in supporting a Margaret River bid.

WCT competitions are compulsory for the world’s finest 34 surfers and significantly contribute more points to world title race. Besides, top-tier competitions attract significantly greater exposure, including live TV coverage.

Mr Mark believes that the planned $5.9 million upgradation of Surfers Point will also support WA’s bid.

Minister of Tourism for WA, Kim Hames, said that the joint bid with Surfing WA was intended to secure the boost in status in time for the event in April.

Meanwhile, Dave Prodan, international media director for the ASP, has said that the board of directors of the surfing body had the choice to include an additional WCT licence for Australasia if it believed it was in the interest of the sport. He said that Margaret River’s world class waves and its competent management of the Margaret River Pro placed it in a great position.

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