HIF Pro Am Series 2013

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Western Australia's best open aged surfers are in the final stages of preparation for the third and final event of the Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) Pro Am Series presented by SunSmart to be held at Strickland Bay on Rottnest Island this weekend.

The three event series will culminate with State Surfing Titles being decided across eight divisions ranging from U21 Pro Juniors to O55 Kahunas. The HIF Pro Am Series are extremely important events to West Australian surfers as they act as the sole means of qualification to compete at the Australian Titles held in August in Port Maquarie, NSW.

A strong field of local metropolitan contestants, plus those travelling from across the state will be looking to build on results from the opening two rounds of competition in Margaret River and Geraldton.

Current Open Men's ratings leaders Jake Paterson (Yallingup), will make a welcome return to Rottnest in an attempt to secure the 2013 Open State Title. Paterson placed second in Margaret River and third recently at Geraldton and would like to finish the title race on top with a win.

"I last surfed at Rottnest for an Australian Championship Circuit (ACC) Pro Junior probably 23 years ago." Said Paterson. "I've got fond memories of the island and Im excited to get back there this weekend."

Paterson will go head to head with Margaret River's Brett Hardy who currently sits behind the former Pipeline Master in second on the ratings leader board.

Hardy, who won an Open Australian Title back on Rottnest back in 2002 has found a new spark in his surfing in 2013 and likes the challenge that one of the state's most decorated surfer offers.

"It's been great have Jake back surfing in the events, it pushes everyone and makes the events that bit better." Said Hardy. "I've got a pretty good record over at Rotto so this weekend should be epic."

Other big name surfers who have entered the event so far include; Max Marsden (Geraldton), Shaun Howe (Kalbarri), Drew Everest (Karrinyup) and Josh Burke (Margaret River) who will be out to make the most of what Rottnest Island has to offer, as well competing for the great cash and prizes up for grabs across all divisions.

Surfing WA has run the HIF Pro Am Series on Rottnest Island since 2010, with contestants and officials both excited about the prospects of having an event at 'Rotto'.

"The feeling of adventure is really alive when we bring the event to Rottnest. The ferry trip over, the scenery, the waves and even the wildlife sets this event apart from all others." Said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks.

After scoring excellent conditions last year for the same event, officials are hopeful that a positive forecast delivers for those making their way to Rottnest.

"The surf for the weekend is looking good, light winds and a building swell expected to deliver waves in the 3-4 feet range for finals on Sunday." Said Majeks.

The final event of the HIF Pro Am Series has been made possible thanks to the support of the Rottnest Island Authority, Rottnest Express, Pelagic Marine Services and will aim to kick off at Strickland Bay on Saturday morning at 8:00am with finals concluding on Sunday.

An informal competitor briefing will take place Friday evening at the Rottnest Hotel at approximately 7:45pm, with the presentations being held at the same location on Sunday afternoon.

On site catering will be available at Strickland Bay across the weekend to keep competitors and officials well feed and watered.

If you missed the 2012 event action from Rottnest Island last year you can watch the event highlights package online at www.vimeo.com/44562842

For more information on this or any other WA surfing event, be sure to check out www.surfingwa.com.au

The HIF Pro Am Series is presented by SunSmart

Proudly supported by West Coast Suspensions, Creatures of Leisure, Otis Eyewear, 3D Fins, Rottnest Island Authority, Rottnest Express, Pelagic Marine Services and Surfing WA.

For more information contact:

Surfing Western Australia Event Manager

Justin Majeks

T: +61 8 9448 0004
M: +61 411 976 224

HIF is proudly West Australian and a successful not-for-profit health insurer. Being one of Australia's fastest growing health funds, HIF's focus is on giving their members a great value, and affordable health insurance. More and more people across the country are turning away from other Australian health funds in favour of HIF's ethical member-focused approach, attracted to affordable hospital and ancillary covers that offer 100% choice from HIF's impressive range of recognised healthcare providers. For more information be sure to check out www.HIF.com.au

Rottnest Island's unique natural attractions, fun family activities and amazing tours make it Western Australia's (WA) premier island destination. With 63 beaches, superb snorkelling sites, friendly quokkas, 6,500 years of history to discover and 50 kilometres of roads to explore on a guided tour, bus or bike, you'll be spoilt for choice when you step off the ferry. So plan ahead and check out the attractions, activities and tours on offer at Western Australia's (WA) Rottnest Island. www.rottnestisland.com

Rottnest Island & it's world class wave at Strickland Bay will be the host the HIF Pro Am. Woolacott

Former ASP WCT surfer Jake Paterson (Yallingup) will return to Rotto after 23 years. Woolacott

Former Australian Champion Brett Hardy (Margaret River) will be heading to Rottnest. Woolacott

Margaret River's Josh Burke will be competing in the HIF Pro Am Series this weekend. Wooalcott

Geraldton's Max Marsden has loved his time on Rottnest in the past and will be back. Woolacott

Luke Hayter (Doubleview) will be heading to Rottnest to compete in the HIF Pro Am Series. Woolacott

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