MARGARET RIVER TO DECIDE SUNSMART WA BODYBOARD CHAMPIONS FOR 2017

Some of the Western Australia most exciting bodyboarders are set to line up in Margaret River later this week for the second event of the SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles presented by Good Earth.

After an exciting series opener in Mandurah in February, WA’s best riders have been fine tuning their skills in hopes of travelling to the Tweed Region, NSW for the Australian Bodyboard Titles to be held in August.

Margaret River's Gas Bay will play host to the event, providing some of the most consistent and high performance bodyboard waves on offer along the entire south-west coastline.

Event officials and competitors alike are looking forward to utilising the waves at Gas Bay for the first time in recent years for the SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles. 
 
"This will be the first time since around 2012 that we'll utilise Gas Bay as a location for WA bodyboarders," said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. "To see competitors travelling from as far a field as Geraldton to compete is truly exciting and shows the popularity of the sport within the state." 

Some of the talent set to highlight this weekends action include; former State and National Title holder Ben Veitch (Margaret River), current Drop Knee National Champion Rory Nelson (Geraldton) , as well as a host of emerging local bodyboarders from the south-west region.

Mixed conditions are forecast this weekend with preliminary rounds are set to kick off on Friday at 8am, with finals set to run early on Saturday, with Sunday looking unfavourable with strong winds and a building swell.

The SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles offers competitors a chance to compete in some of the best waves the state has to offer, whilst also mixing it up with some of the best up and coming talent in Australia. 

Spectators and competitors are encouraged to interact via Instagram: Follow @surfing_wa and use the hashtags: #SunSmartSurfing & #SurfingWA.

Surfing WA reminds all our travelling competitors of the dangers of sending a text message or using a mobile phone while behind the wheel. The #NoTxtNoWrecks message is supported by the Western Australian Government’s Road Safety Commission and the RAC.

You can access the event highlights from round one of the SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles HERE

Stay tuned to www.surfingwa.com.au for news, photos and updates relating to the event. 

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