Surfing at Margaret RiverWhat makes Margaret River so special for surfing is the large waves that
crash along the reef-lined shores. Thousand of kilometres away strong westerly winds known as the Roaring
Forties whip around the ocean, producing large swells . These swells roll in off the Southern and Indian
Ocean providing a surfers paradise. Winter and spring are the best time to hang ten but you are guaranteed
all year round surfing in this part of the world.
Two Premier Surfing EventsThe world's best surfers come here to compete in the two major surfing
events, Margaret River Pro (formerly the Margaret River Masters) and the the Margaret River Classic. The
Masters is held at Surfer's Point at Prevelly Park just after Easter (mid March-April) and the Margaret River
Classic is held every November.
Margaret River ProThe Margaret River Pro is regarded by many of the world's best surfers, as
one of the most prestigious international tournaments to win.The event attracts up to 200 of the world's best
surfers. This is a four star rated World Qualifying Series (WQS) event and is part of the Association of Surfing
Professionals (ASP) World Tour. The prize money for this event is $100,000 AUD and the surfers battle it out for
not only the prize money but for valuable WQS rating points.
Margaret River ClassicThe Margaret River Classic began in 1979 the year that the swells
reached up to 4 metres. The waves were so big and treacherous that half the competitors withdrew. The original
event attracted less than 50 competitors but today it boasts over 150. Some of the division prizes are named in
honour of surfers who have died. The Classic has the largest number of divisions in any contest in Australia. The
most recently added division is the over 45's. This was forced upon the organisers as the baby boomers continued to
take to the surf. It would seem that if this pattern continues there will be even more divisions for the over 50's
and 60's, then it will truly be the classics!. The pro junior division of the Classics is the one to watch. This is
the door opener for a lot of young surfers wishing to go into State, National and International events. The junior
division attracts high profile up and comers who have plans for professional careers in surfing. With money,
prizes, sponsorship and pride up for stakes this is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Prize money for the Classic is
Minor CompetitionsThere are a number of smaller competitions which are held throughout the
year. These events are held along a 130km stretch of coastline from Yallingup (north) to Cape Leeuwin (South).The
competitions take in over 75 top breaks in the area.
Hot Places to SurfThe Bombie at Prevelly beach is said to be one of the biggest and nastiest
of the local surf breaks. But the more you talk to the locals the more you will uncover the best and meanest of the
breaks. Many of the breaks names will give you some idea of their ferocity- Suicides, Boneyard, Gallows and
Guillotine. With this in mind remember the nearest major hospital is in Perth.The Lefthanders at Cowaramup Bay is
one of the most popular breaks where you will find many young surfers showing their stuff. And how could you forget
Yallingup, which has almost iconic status in surfing circles.
Learning To Surf in Margaret RiverThere are several surf and windsurfing schools in and
around Margaret River.
Josh Palmateer's Surf Academy
Margaret River Surf School (Margaret River Surf Shop)
Located on the corner of Wallcliff Rd and Resort Place, Gnarabup Beach.
PH - (08) 9757 1111FAX - (08) 9757 1111
Yallingup Surf School
Margaret River Kitesurfing & Windsurfing
Brief History of Surfing
The history of surfing can be traced back to the Sandwich Isles and Hawaii. It is believed that the sport of
"he'e nalu" (wave-sliding) was around long before the 15th century. More history of surfing.