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Surfing legend Kelly Slater returns to WA

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Colin Barnett
Premier; Minister for State Development

11-times world surfing champ Kelly Slater will compete in the Telstra Drug Aware Pro on the big waves at Surfers Point, Margaret River, 19-26 March. Announcing Slater’s entry, Premier Colin Barnett said the surfing legend completed a star studded line-up, regarded as the best in the event’s history and possibly the strongest non-World Championship Tour surfing event field ever assembled.

“Kelly Slater is a living sporting legend and to have him back at Margaret River is fantastic news for the event and the region,” Mr Barnett said. “Kelly’s appearance at the 2011 Telstra Drug Aware Pro gave the event a tremendous boost, with record attendance and media coverage, and this year should be no different. With four-times world champion Stephanie Gilmore heading a strong women’s field, fans are guaranteed a feast of spectacular surfing.”

Slater’s entry means all of last year’s top four male surfers will compete at Margaret River next month, with Joel Parkinson, Owen Wright and Taj Burrow already confirmed starters, along with reigning Pro champion Damien Hobgood, Josh Kerr, two-times world champion Mick Fanning, and exciting young guns John John Florence and Kolohe Andino.

Joining Gilmore in the women’s draw are former world champion Sofia Mulanovich, reigning Pro champion Courtney Conlogue, Pauline Ado and Laura Enever.

“This is one of Western Australia’s marquee events, providing a major boost to tourism in Margaret River and great exposure for the region through valuable national and international media coverage,” the Premier said.