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MEDIA RELEASE                             Surfers Point, Margaret River, 15 - 26 April 2015
The greatest Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in 30 years
Winner Adriano de Souza (Brazil).  Photo credit: Surfing WA / Williams
Conditions at Surfers Point for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro have never been more perfect for a world-class surf contest.
Surfers and spectators witnessed Margaret River at its best producing big clean powerful waves at Mainbreak, barrels at The Box, the right amount of offshore wind, bright blue skies and warm sunny weather.
Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane said that the event has attracted capacity crowds largely due to the best surf conditions in the Pro’s history.
“From one vantage point at Surfers Point, we have two truly challenging breaks that produce different waves that require different surfing styles – it takes a true waterman to dominate both breaks,” Mr Lane said.
“We have one of the best places on the planet for a surf event. The Box produces fast powerful barrels, and Mainbreak has big clean-faced waves that surfers can carve across and showcase their turns and aerials.”
Mr Lane congratulated all the surfers, particularly to those that surfed today, semi-finalists Taj Burrow (Yallingup, WA) and Nat Young (USA), runner up John John Florence (Hawaii) and winner Adriano de Souza (Brazil).
The narrowest of margins separated first and second place, with de Souza taking the title by just 0.66 points.
“Also, a thumbs up to Jay Davies – he’s made a real name for himself thanks to his fantastic performance first winning the WA Trials and then going on to win heats and surf in the quarter finals,” Mr Lane continued.
“That’s what we are about – yes, putting together a fantastic event, but also connecting locals and giving them opportunities – from the local footy club to the Shire workers, the medics, the Margaret River High School surf academy students who caddied for competitors, to the opportunity to showcase the region’s amazing food, wine and other tourism attractions.
“We’ve given the travelling surfing fraternity a taste of the South West – I’ve had so many compliments on the food and wine - lunches prepared by chef Russell Blaikie and wines from Aravina, Howard Park and Mad Fish.  Our functions have given producers the opportunity to talk about their produce too, it’s been positive for everyone involved.”
Three lay-days were called between the first heat on April 15 to the final today, allowing competitors, media, and officials the chance to enjoy the region.
Winner of the women’s 2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Courtney Conlogue (USA) visited the artist who designed her winning trophy Gerry Reilly of the Melting Pot Studio, toured the microbrewery at Colonial Brewery, and the barrel room at Voyager Estate.
Six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore (Aus) who retired from the contest after an injury during a free surf at Injidup on Tuesday, enjoyed visiting wineries and was spotted having lunch at Wills Domain.
Surf champion and event commentator Tom Carroll was spotted at Olio Bello, Wills Domain and Aravina Estate. Barton Lynch was also spotted at Aravina Estate last week.
“We are fortunate to have strong support from the State Government and all of our sponsors, stakeholders and the media.
“We’ve had the opportunity to produce some really fantastic Margies Moments clips that tell stories about this region and what makes it so special - those clips have been seen by millions around the world through the World Surf League online broadcast.
“To have people tell me that they got goosebumps watching the Margies Moments or have enjoyed our hospitality on or off site makes me – makes us all - feel proud to be Western Australian.”
The event has attracted capacity crowds and over 3.5 million people will view the event live via the online stream. 

The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is proudly supported by the WA State Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions. 
The crowd waiting for the winner. Photo credit: Surfing WA / Williams

Media contact:  

Dianne Bortoletto, Pronto PR,, 0439 997 075



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.

Past media releases

Surfers savour the South West - Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association brings producers to the Pro to showcase their wares to the surfing fraternity

Build it and they shall come - the investment and support that's integral to the success of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

Great achievement in surfing career - Yallingup's Jay Davies and Taj Burrow doing Western Australia proud

Local wildcard entrant knocks out world number one - Jay Davies defeats Mick Fanning 

Girls' night out - world's best women surfers get a taste of WA

A wild ride for Yallingup duo in WA Trials - results of the WA Trials for a wildcard entry into the main event.

Waves of excitement in Margaret River - big swells predicted, the best event forecast in a decade.

The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro by numbers - stats and fun facts of the 2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

Snapshot: 30 years of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro - summary highlights of each event held over the past 30 years.

Tips to win the Pro - Past champions, surfing legends, sports identities, politicians and media give their tips on who will win the 2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

Surfers: What I love about Margaret River  - Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore and Laura Enever and more share what it is about Margaret River that they like, besides the waves. 

Joel Parkinson talks all things Margaret River - Joel Parkinson, winner of 2002 Margaret River Pro and 2012 WSL Champion chats with Chris Binns at Bells Beach about Margaret River.

Celebrating 30 years of world-class surfing in WA (note: caption correction: World Surf League reining World Champion Gabriel Medina (Brazil)
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