The staggering beauty of Western Australia combined with the world-class surf will play host to the second stop on this season's dream tour, where the world's best surfers will continue their campaign to claim the title of ASP World Champion.
A long-time staple on the ASP Qualification Series (QS), this year is the first time in over 20 years that Margaret River has been a WCT stop for both the men and women. The women's event regained WCT status in 2013 having last featured in 1996, while this year sees the men's event upgraded to become part of the WCT for the first time since 1990.
"We're really excited about holding the event in an extended twelve day window in an historically great month for surf. Surfing WA along with our major stakeholders have worked extremely hard to get this event elevated to WCT status where it belongs and we're all looking forward to watching the world's best surfers compete in Western Australian waters," said Mark Lane, Surfing WA CEO and Event Director.
The ASP Top 34 and Top 17 will battle it out at Margaret River Main Break, a left-and right-hand reefbreak that can produce excellent waves from two to 20 feet, with infamous right-handers, The Box and North Point offering secondary locations.
â€œI've never done well there but Western Australia has great waves,â€ Gabriel Medina, current ASP WCT No. 1, said. â€œI have never been in the ratings' lead before so I'm just going to focus on surfing my best and getting some more experience in Margaret River before the event starts.â€
â€œIt's great to get a win at the first event on Tour and be back in the hunt,â€ Stephanie Gilmore, five time ASP Women's World Champion and current ratings' leader, said. â€œThe Margaret River area is absolutely beautiful and I'm excited to get back there. Looking forward to a great event."
The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro will be held from April 2 â€“ 13, 2014.