The World Surf League has today confirmed that the cancelled Margaret River Pro event will continue next month at the world-class wave of Uluwatu on the island of Bali, Indonesia.
The event was cancelled in April due to shark activity in Western Australia, with organisers forced to come up with a new location.
“After consulting with Surfing West Australia about completing the event in 2018, we felt that the shark activity that prompted the event cancellation had not significantly improved and returning was not in the best interests of the surfers this season,” Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said.
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“We extensively explored various alternatives before deciding to invest in completing the event at Uluwatu in Bali.”
The event will take place within 48 hours after the conclusion of the Corona Bali Pro at Keramas, and finish no later than June 13th, the WSL says.
“As highlighted when we cancelled the Margaret River Pro, there were extenuating circumstances surrounding this season’s event and we committed to trying to finish the competition if possible,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said.
“It’s a significant investment for the WSL, but it’s the right thing to do. Uluwatu is a world-class wave and we’re excited to be completing the event there.”
The next stop on the 2018 WSL Championship Tour will be the Oi Rio Pro from May 11 – 20.