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    The coastline along Western Australia’s southwest is home to some of the best surfing waves in the world, including arguably its most iconic wave, Margaret River Main Break. And since 1985 surfers from all over the world have trekked to the famous left- and right-hand wave to compete in the world surfing championship tour event, the Margaret River Pro.

    Where is it?

    Margs’ Mainbreak AKA Surfer’s Point is located in Prevelly, about 10km west of the main township of the holidaying and winery mecca that is Margaret River.

    When is it?

    The timing of the event has varied in recent years, usually taking place around the March autumn swells, although in 2021 it’s starting later in May due to COVID-19. The event competition window in 2021 runs from May 2 until May 12, with competitors from both men’s and women’s divisions doing battle at Surfer’s Point and potentially The Box across the Margaret River river mouth if conditions are suitable (see Gordon Becker’s photo, below).

    What to do:

    If you’re not competing in the event (which we imagine is most of you), the Margaret River Pro provides a unique opportunity to catch the world’s very best surfers in action at one of the sport’s most dramatic locations. The Surfer’s Point carpark is an incredible viewing platform – especially when the surf is up – and can make for a thrilling day of surfing action.

    It can also make for a great excuse to get down to Margaret River and explore all the region has to offer (here’s a handy GUIDE for you), although be aware that there’s a lot of people who will have the same idea…

    Things to know:

    As you can imagine it’s a super busy time of year, so we suggest booking your accommodation and things of that ilk very early! The size of Surfer’s Point carpark/viewing location also means it can get very busy on competition days, so don’t be surprised if you can’t get into the main car park from early on in the day.

    Entry to view the event is free, and works on a first come first serve basis so get there early (gates open at 7am) and hope for the best!

    And if you can’t make it down for the event, you’ll be able to stream the whole thing for free from the comfort of your own home via the World Surf League WEBSITE.

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