Big names to star in Pro Am se­ries

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Therese Col­man

The SunS­mart Pro Am se­ries will take place in Mar­garet River this week­end, with big names from Mar­garet River and Yallingup head­lin­ing the event.

Start­ing to­mor­row, and with fi­nals ex­pected on Sun­day, surfers from the re­gion will ride the waves of Mar­garet River’s Gas Bay in hopes of scor­ing a place in April’s World Surf League’s Pro in Mar­garet River.

The men’s divi­sion would see Mar­garet River’s Jerome For­rest and Jack Haslau take on Yallingup’s Zak Ogram and Jake Pat­ter­son.

For­rest said he would strive to de­fend his Open Men’s ti­tle.

“It's great to see so many qual­ity surfers have en­tered this week­end, it should be a re­ally fun cou­ple of days,” he said.

“It looks like there will be some fun waves on of­fer over the next few days.”

Surf­ing WA events man­ager Justin Ma­jeks said the com­pe­ti­tion was im­por­tant for the lo­cal surf com­mu­nity.

“This week­end’s Pro Am Se­ries es­sen­tially acts like a tri­als for the tri­als, with the Open Men’s win­ner set to join an elite field of West Aus­tralian surfers who will com­pete for one po­si­tion into the main event of the Mar­garet River Pro to take on the world’s best on home soil,” he said.

Now liv­ing on the Gold Coast, WA’s Felic­ity Pal­ma­teer will also com­pete this week­end, re­turn­ing to the event that helped launch her pro­fes­sional ca­reer. “It’s al­ways a de­light to come back to my roots here in the West,” she said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with old friends and feel­ing the raw power of the In­dian Ocean un­der my feet again.” The com­pe­ti­tion will kick off at 7.40am to­mor­row at Gas Bay and heat scores will be posted live at surf­in­g­walive.asn. au.

Pic­tures: Justin Ma­jeks/Surf­ing WA

Jerome For­rest will de­fend his Open Men’s ti­tle.

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