After months of (understandable) uncertainty, the World Surf League today announced its updated Championship Tour (CT) schedule for the Australian leg, including two events in Western Australia.
A mainstay for many years, the Margaret River Pro returns for two weeks from May 2-12, before the CT heads north for the first time ever to take place on at Strickland Bay on Rottnest Island from May 16-26.
“This is a fantastic result for Western Australia and demonstrates how great the surfing opportunities are throughout our State,” said WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia. “International and national viewers will be able to see how pristine the marine environment is around Rottnest Island and get a taste of what makes this island so special.
“The McGowan Government is very pleased to be able to support this new leg on the Australian calendar following our securing of the Margaret River Pro until at least 2024.”
Sadly (but again, understandably) no spectators will be allowed to watch the event, but it will be broadcast live to the world in a pretty incredible showcase for Rottnest to the world.
The the threat of COVID-19 of course looms large, and all stops/dates will be subject to change in regarding to restrictions relating to the virus, along with an incredibly strict set of circumstance allowing the surfers to actually arrive.
The WSL came to agreement with the NSW Government last week that will see all international competitors board a chartered flight from LA that will fly into Sydney, with all athletes and support staff to undergo the mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine (not funded by the Government).
From there they must receive a medical clearance from public health officials before entering the general community and preparing for competition in Newcastle and Narrabeen, before heading to WA for the two legs here.
Along with Rottnest’s no spectators rule, Margaret River will likely be operating under limited spectator numbers.
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