Locals chase wild-card for the big event

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Jacob Willcox and Mia McCarthy won the last wildcard trials.
Camera IconJacob Willcox and Mia McCarthy won the last wildcard trials. Credit: Picture: Surfing WA, Surfing WA/Majeks

Although the Margaret River Pro is another week away, the action starts for locals on Tuesday with the coveted trials firing up at Mainbreak.

The annual trials provide a wild-card ticket for one male and female surfer into the World Surf League Championship Tour event which starts on Sunday May 2. Twelve of the best male and eight of the best female surfers in WA will vie for the spot, with places coming as a result of form heading into the competition.

Among the competitors are local products Jacob Willcox, Kael Walsh, Solomon Pogue-Englert, Mia McCarthy, Claire Bevilacqua and Willow Hardy. Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks said the mix of State champs and boardrider leaders would be great to watch.

“Our surfers have followed different pathways to get their opportunity to compete and I can’t wait to see who’ll represent WA alongside local heroes Jack Robinson and Bronte Macaulay in Margaret River,” he said.

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