Yallingup snares surf qual­i­fier

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Therese Col­man Yallingup will host the Cape Nat­u­ral­iste Pro in Oc­to­ber.

Surf­ing WA has an­nounced Yallingup as one of two des­ti­na­tions for a World Surf League qual­i­fy­ing se­ries event later this year.

The WA Pro Surf Se­ries Aus­tralia Ocea­nia re­gional event sched­ule starts soon, with Yallingup and Man­durah to host con­sec­u­tive men’s and women’s QS1000 com­pe­ti­tions from Oc­to­ber 13-21.

Surf­ing WA events man­ager Justin Ma­jeks said the event would give WA’s new gen­er­a­tion of lo­cal surfers the chance to com­pete in an in­ter­na­tion­ally rated event. “The WA Pro Surf Se­ries will pro­vide a much-needed step­ping stone for young surfers who as­pire to com­pete in higher-rated QS events,” he said.

“For WA surfers to com­pete in their back­yard in an in­ter­na­tion­ally rated event is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity and we look for­ward to host­ing surfers from far and wide.”

Tourism Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia said tourism was a key pil­lar of the State Gov­ern­ment’s plan to di­ver­sify the econ­omy, cre­ate jobs and de­velop busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The Man­durah Pro will run from Oc­to­ber 13-16 and the Cape Nat­u­ral­iste Pro from Oc­to­ber 18-21.

Bus­sel­ton Mayor Grant Hen­ley said it was the first time mul­ti­ple in­ter­na­tional Qual­i­fy­ing Se­ries events had run in WA.

“Yallingup offers some of the best surf in the world and ev­ery­one is re­ally ex­cited about this se­ries, we’re hop­ing for fan­tas­tic con­di­tions,” he said.

“This event will bring in­valu­able re­gional pro­mo­tion and a real boost to the lo­cal econ­omy.

“I ap­plaud Surf­ing WA for its ef­forts to bring such a world-class event to WA.”

En­tries are open for the Man­durah and Cape Nat­u­ral­ists Pro events via world­sur­fleague. com.

Pic­ture: Woola­cott/Surf­in­gWA

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