WSL Women surfers enjoy spoils of the Margaret River region
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MEDIA RELEASE                             Surfers Point, Margaret River, 15 - 26 April 2015
Girls' night out
Jay Davies
WSL Women Commisisoner Jessi Miley-Dyer, WA Sports Minister Mia Davies, WSL surfer Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).  Photo credit: Surfing WA 
Margaret River’s finest served up to the world’s best surfers
The best female surfers in the world enjoyed a special Margaret River girls’ night out, thanks to Drug Aware Margaret River Pro sponsor Aravina Estate.
Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons and Carissa Moore were among the World Surf League Women’s Championship Tour surfers who enjoyed a taste of WA.
“Margaret River is one of our favourite events on the tour – everyone brings their wives, husbands, boyfriends, and girlfriends because there’s something for everyone here,” Ms Gilmore says, as she sipped on a glass of Aravina Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
“This wine is nice – and have you tasted the beef? And those prawns? Amazing!"
Esteemed Western Australian chef Tony Howell spent time on the stoves today to prepare exceptional dishes featuring local produce.
“Everything I’ve served the girls tonight is on the menu at Aravina. I’m loving our new menu – did you try the saki yaki lamb cutlet?” Mr Howell asks.
The lamb – tender, juicy and beautifully seasoned with Japanese flavours - flew off the platters that were passed around the intimate group at Surfers Point.
The girls enjoyed rare Margaret River Wagyu, Japanese Mayonnaise and crunchy kale, cured Esperance scallops tom kha foam, homemade mini pita with avocado salsa and tempura prawns, freshly shucked oysters with watermelon, lime granita, and pickled king oyster mushroom with seaweed tea.
Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane said that showcasing a taste of State’s offerings, as well as providing an opportunity for the girls to get together in a social setting, was motivation for tonight’s dinner.
“The nature of the competition can sometimes limit the time surfers have to enjoy the spoils of the region, so we brought a small part of the region to them,” Mr Lane says.
Representing the State Government, Western Australia’s first Sports Minister, Mia Davies, welcomed the girls to Western Australia.
Aravina Estate is located on Thornton Road, Yallingup in the northern corner of the premium wine-growing region of Margaret River, close to the town of Dunsborough and the famed surf at Yallingup. The property was established in 1986 under the original name – Amberley Estate.
Aravina estate consists of 180 acres (73 hectares) of which 69 acres (28 hectares) are under vine with plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and recently planted Tempranillo and Malbec.
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Surfline, official forecaster for the WSL, are tracking a pair of significant SW groundswells for the opening few days of the Pro - click here for the latest forecast.

The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is one of 11 events that make up the WSL Championship Tour, and will be held from April 15 until April 26. Over 12 days, surfers will compete on the days producing the best conditions.  Watch the unparalleled adventure, competitive drama and athleticism of professional surfing live at
More than 30,000 spectators are expected and over 3.5 million people will view the event live via the online stream. 
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Wagyu beef with Japanese mayonnaise. Photo credit: Pronto PR

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Notes to Editors

The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is proudly supported by the WA State Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions. 

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The World Surf League Championship Tour was formerly the ASP World Championship Tour

The World Surf League Championship Tour will bring the top 34 ranked male (plus two wild card entries) and top 17 ranked female (plus one wild card entry) surfers to the extraordinary waves of Western Australia. Over 12 days, surfers will compete on the days producing the best conditions.

Media Accreditation:
Local media planning to attend the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro are required to apply for WSL Media Accreditation - click on the Credentials link on the right for the form.

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