Margaret River locals get into ASP trials
Drug Aware Pro
ASP Men’s Prime Event
ASP Women’s WCT Event
Surfers Point, Margaret River, Western Australia
16 – 24 March, 2013
Locals Named for Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Trials
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 February, 2013 : - - Sixteen locals have been named as automatic entrants into the Trials event for the 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, which will feature an International field when it is held on Friday March 15.
The Men’s Trials event will feature some of the top open and junior state series surfers with eight invitations being extended to locals. In previous years the trials have been a ticket into the main event for former World Tour surfer and Pipeline Masters winner Jake Paterson. This year Margaret River teenager Jacob Willcox will enjoy a wildcard entry straight through to the main event thanks to Surfing WA.
A total of 32 surfers will compete for one of last four spots in the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro field with local legend Paterson set to be joined by fellow stalwarts Jay Davies (Yallingup) and Tom Innes (Margaret River) in the Trial Event.
Other local surfers to accept their Trials invitation include State Open Champions Ryan Wordsworth (Mandurah) and Jerome Forest (Margaret River), former Australian Junior Champion Creed McTaggart (Margaret River), teen prodigy Jack Robinson (Margaret River) and 2012 Sunshine Surf Masters winner Max Marsden from Geraldton.
The Women’s Trial Event, also on Friday March 15, will be an all-local affair as eight of WA’s top female surfing stars battle it out for just one spot in the main event field. Heading up the all-WA Women’s Trails will be current WQS surfers Felicity Palmateer (Perth), Mikeala Green (Yallingup) and sisters Bronte and Laura MacAuley (Cowaramup).
They will compete against former WCT surfer Claire Bevilacqua (Yallingup), together with regional surfers Eliza Green (Yallingup), Alex Durant (Carnarvon) and Holly Robinson (Yallingup), who have all excelled in the Surfing WA State Series over the past 12 months.
The trials present a rare opportunity for the state’s up-and-coming surfing talent to take on the world's premier surfers in front of their home crowd, with the Margaret River Pro event being granted World Championship Tour status for the women in 2013 and for both the men and women from 2014 onwards.
The Department of Sport and Recreation continues to support surfing in Western Australia and provide our regional based athletes in particular with the opportunity to surf in an elite international competition against the best in the world.
Source: Drug Aware
Author: Jason Dover
Tags: Margaret River Pro, ASP Prime Events, Trialists