Pro a top priority
Surfing WA’s chief executive is hoping for a bright future for the sport in 2017 as the competition calendar kicks off for the year.
Mark Lane told the Times Surfing WA’s year ahead was “fairly well padded out” with events, programs and club initiatives.
“Our 2017 events calendar has been reduced slightly to move events out of certain periods — due mainly to weather and safety considerations,” he said.
Mr Lane said keeping the Margaret River Pro on the World Surf League’s championship tour was the group’s major focus for the year.
“Obviously we are working hard on securing an outcome for the Margaret River Pro for 2018 and beyond,” he said.
“Those discussions continue with our various sponsors and the World Surf League.”
Mr Lane said the organisation had continued support from the Department of Sport and Recreation, Healthway, HIF, and RAC, with more sponsors for individual events during the year.
“Having had several planning sessions with our board and staff, our outlook is really very positive,” he said.
“Having 60 per cent of our membership in regional areas, we have ensured that resources are invested accordingly.”
Mr Lane said the group would continue to support local surfing talent.
He said a Statewide initiative would be announced in March, with more details to be released in coming weeks.
We are working hard on securing an outcome for the Margaret River Pro for 2018 and beyond. Mark Lane