The world’s best surfers have battled it out at the Margaret River Pro 2017 where CT second placers John John Florence and Sally Fitzgibbons came out victorious. Huge wins and casualties were witnessed during the event but overall, it was a great show for the fans. The World Surf League however was considering shortening the world tour, which made the event’s future uncertain.
What will the fans miss if the event really gets axed? Here’s a video of the final day highlights from the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro 2017:
But just like other surfing fans, Western Australia State Tourism Minister Paul Papalia wants to keep the show going. “As I understand it, negotiations are still ongoing and I am hopeful that we can retain Margaret River as a world tour event. As a State we contribute a hell of a lot more than competitors on the east coast, so there’s no logic to it, were they to shift it.”
Surfing WA also continues to persuade WSL to keep the tour. According to CEO Mark Lane, “It’s no secret that there has been uncertainty surrounding this event and while significant changes within key stakeholders slowed the process slightly, we are ecstatic about the final result. The 2017 event really demonstrated the uniqueness of the Margaret River Pro, with access to three different prime surfing locations really giving the event a point of difference and variety for surfers. The support shown from the local community, the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and State Government to make this event happen is a key reason for its ongoing success.”
Amid speculations, ABC News Australia has confirmed that the event is still on for 2018 and 2019. Did Kelly’s act of filing for permit to host future CT events pave the way? Or did Surfing WA’s efforts make this possible? Either way, this is great news for both surfing fans as well as for the athletes.
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