Great news for the Margaret River Pro, with its status on the world tour being extended for another 2 years.
There were some fears that at the end of the five year contract this year that the event would be dropped from the World Surf League's Championship Tour.
However after campaigning from the WA state government, now led by Labor's Mark McGowan, the event will stay in place until at least 2019.
The event has brought the world's best surfers to the state including Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Tyler Wright and Carissa Moore, while also giving some of the locals a chance to shine on the world stage.
“Retaining the Margaret River Pro leg of the Championship Tour is so important for WA’s professional surfers and our next generation of champions'" said Mick Murray, Sport and Recreation Minister.
“The Margaret River Pro’s junior competition events provide an opportunity for our best up-and-comers to compete while rubbing shoulders with the best male and female surfers in the world.”
The event brings over $5 million in economic benefit to the South West region.