World’s best surfers to head to Rottnest Island after WA secures World Surf League event

The world’s best surfers are set to compete at Rottnest Island in Might after WA gained the rights to a particular one-off World Surf League event.

The competitors might be held at Strickland Bay from Might 16 to 26, however might be closed to spectators, Mark McGowan introduced on Fb.

“It’s going to imply nationwide and worldwide publicity for our distinctive island vacation spot, and proceed to construct our case as a world-class browsing State,” the Premier stated.

The price to WA taxpayers of internet hosting the competitors has but to be disclosed.

It comes after Queensland misplaced the Corona Open Gold Coast match at Snapper Rocks, which has launched the World Surf League tour since 2002.

The event was dumped this week after a wrangle over COVID-19 quarantine preparations between the WSL and the Queensland Authorities.

That event has been poached by NSW, however Queensland’s Courier Mail reported Rottnest would additionally host a brand new championship contest. It means WA will host two WSL occasions, with the Margaret River Professional happening from April 16 to 26.

WA’s Jack Robinson will get a WSL event in his home state.
Digital camera IconWA’s Jack Robinson will get a WSL event in his residence state. Credit score: KELLY CESTARI/PR IMAGE

“This yr, the Aussie CT leg is trying very completely different to what we’re used to due to COVID-19, with the addition of three new stops,” WSL Australian chief Andrew Stark advised the Courier Mail.

“Though it’s very disappointing to miss areas like Bells Seashore and Snapper Rocks this yr, we’re stoked to add Newcastle, North Narrabeen and Rottnest Island to the schedule.

“We want to genuinely thank all of our companions for his or her endurance, understanding and help throughout this extraordinarily troublesome time.

“The WSL can’t wait to get the tour again underway and run epic and protected occasions for our athletes, followers and companions in Australia.”

Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe claimed his authorities refused to bow to the WSL’s calls for to foot the quarantine invoice for the surf stars and their entourages, and accused the league of ‘chasing short-term {dollars} on the expense of browsing custom’.

However Mr Stark stated NSW was the one State which might agree to obtain a constitution airplane from Los Angeles carrying worldwide surfers and officers, and was not paying their quarantine prices.

He stated Queensland couldn’t assure a COVID-19 ‘bubble’ which the WSL had requested in case of one other border shutdown.

“We requested a pre-approved bubble to function our occasions and we requested Queensland Police useful resource help for this bubble, and each gadgets have been knocked again by the federal government,” he stated.