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Celebrating 30 years of world-class surfing in WA
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MEDIA RELEASE                             Surfer's Point, Margaret River 15 - 26 April 2015
 
Surfers: What I love about Margaret River
Joel Parkinson winner of the 2002 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro says he loves the wineries, breweries and food in Margaret River.  Photo credit: Joli Photos
 
The best wave riders in the world that includes champions Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, and Stephanie Gilmore will compete for Championship Tour (CT) points at the 2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro from 15 to 26 April. 
 
Chatting with Jake Paterson at Bells Beach this week, here is what some of the WSL professional surfers on the CT had to say about why they like Margaret River:


Kelly Slater (USA)

The wineries, my girl has a great time when we go to Margaret River. And the food, we’ve had great food there – the venison, we went to that venison farm, wow – I really like it there.
 
Stephanie Gilmore
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
spoke to the Sunday Times in December

I love Margaret River because it’s like going on a true Australian adventure. I love the stunning cliffs, beaches, the vineyards and the beautiful local artisans who make everything from fresh breads to lavender body products. The wineries exceeded all my expectations, especially the lesser-known smaller spots that make you feel like you’re walking into a scene from a children’s storybook.

 
Mick Fanning


Mick Fanning (AUS)

Obviously the wineries, the waves, but the one thing I really like is how quiet it is. I really like quiet places.

photo credit: @mick_fanning twitter

Joel Parkinson (AUS)

The adventure of it, driving to the waves and visiting all the places, I like the elements you know, getting hit by a cold front. And the wineries, beer, and food – it’s just a great place.
 
photo credit: Joli Photos
 
 

Laura Enever (AUS)

I love the Margaret River landscape, the beautiful beaches – it’s amazing there and so different to the East Coast. I like just to take it all in.
 
photo credit: Instragram @lauraenever


Freddy Patacchia Jnr (Hawaii)

I love the early mornings in Margaret River – going to any café and have breakfast and coffee.

I like to go for a morning surf before the sun even comes up, getting a little bit scared thinking there’s some big fish out there, and then coming in from great little surf and warming up with a good coffee, scrambled eggs and bacon, yep, that’s my favourite part about Margaret River.

 

 
Kolohe Adino (USA)

The things I like about Margaret River besides the waves are the dirt roads to the waves – feels like an Indiana Jones style adventure.


Matt Wilkinson (AUS)

It’s sick over there! I love the chocolate factory, it’s pretty deadly, and surrounded by wineries and breweries, you can’t go wrong. It’s a great place.

photo credit: Instagram @mattwilko8
Nat Young
 
 
   
Nat Young (USA)

I just like how Margaret River is not crowded, you can go explore and get away from people and busy places. That’s what I like.

 
Jeremy Flores (FRA)

I like the wineries and the people. The people are really nice and welcoming.
 
 
 
 
Jadson Andre (Brazil)

I like the kangaroos!
 
Joining the world’s best surfers will be a commentary team made up of surfing legends: Tom Carroll, Barton Lynch, Ian Cairns, Jake Paterson and Dave Macaulay.
 
The 1988 World Champion Barton Lynch who spent 15 years on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) clocking up 17 WCT victories says he’s looking forward to returning to Margaret River.
 
“I haven’t been back to Margaret River since 1997, a very, very long time. I love the region and have been quoted as saying that it’s my favourite place in the world,” winner of 1990 and 1995 Margaret River Pro says.
 
“I love the natural elements of the environment – seeing twelve foot grass tress that must be prehistoric is really special.
 
“I always felt really at home in Margaret River and on this trip I’m bringing my wife and seven-month-old baby with me.
 
“The waves are great and I remember the climate there being good – not freezing cold like Victoria,” the Sydney-sider said.
 
Tom Carroll, winner of the 1986,1987 and 1992 Margaret River Pro, said he is looking forward to returning to Western Australia’s south west.
 
“I love the pristine environment of the Margaret River region, the clean air, the experience of surfing there and the feeling of being on the edge of an ancient continent,” said the two-time world surfing champion.
 
LA resident and adopted Western Australian Ian Cairns, a pro surfer instrumental in elevating the sport to professional levels, is looking forward to returning to Margaret River’s natural surrounds.
 
“Having travelled to so many urban surf locations over the years, it is always so amazing to be out in the water all along the coast and seeing the uninterrupted sweep of the coastline with no houses, coffee shops and parking lots – that’s one reason why I love the Margaret River region,” Mr Cairns says.
 
“I was in Margaret River last year riding my SUP boards on some incredible reefs. The surf between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin is blessed with big swells, great reefs and beaches and many hidden nods and crannies. 
 
“The beautiful clear water is truly amazing when so many other surf areas around the world are plagued with polluted water in the surf. 
 
“Driving the country roads and seeing all the different farming communities is really cool. I have family living out on dairy farms in the area and really love the way they have both made the region such a great rural community but also how they have embraced the surfing community since the 60's,” says Mr Cairns.
 
Mr Cairns founded the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) in 1983.
 
Margaret River is the only wine region in the world that also has world-class surf breaks worthy of a Championship Tour event.
 
The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is proudly supported by the WA State through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions.
 
The World Surf League Championship Tour will bring the top 32 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.
 
For more information, visit http://www.worldsurfleague.com/events
Media contact:  
Dianne Bortoletto, Pronto PR, dianne@prontopr.com.au, 0439 997 075
 

Notes to Editors

 
High res photos available for media use - download from Dropbox here. Please credit: Joli Photos, WSL or Surfing WA as identified
 
Official website:  http://www.worldsurfleague.com/events

A Fact Sheet with statistics is available on request.

Interviews with surfers require WSL approval - please send requests to dianne@prontopr.com.au 

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.

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