Tourism WA steps in to save Margaret River Pro after shark attacks

The future of the Margaret River Pro is looking healthier after the West Australian Government struck a deal with the World Surf League (WSL) to secure the event for another two years.

Last year’s Margaret River Pro was called off after two nearby shark attacks, but a sponsorship deal with Tourism WA means the event will stay put until 2021.

The rescue deal followed two non-fatal shark attacks on surfers near where the event was being held in 2018. Some Brazilian pro surfers said they were not comfortable going in the water, and the event was eventually called off midway through the competition.

WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said WSL chief executive Sophie Goldschmidt was satisfied with the precautions already in place, negating the need for further safety measures.

“The World Surf League were absolutely happy with our measures that we put in place last time,” he said.

“And in fact, Sophie Goldschmidt at the time of the cancellation, she said it was the safest bit of water on the planet.”