THE World Surf League (WSL) has confirmed that event number three of the 2018 WSL Championship Tour (CT), the Margaret River Pro in Western Australia that was cancelled last month due to shark activity, will be completed at the world-class wave of Uluwatu on the island of Bali, Indonesia.
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“The cancellation of the Margaret River Pro was due to unique circumstances this season and we look forward to returning to Western Australia in 2019,” WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt said.
“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.
“We extensively explored various alternatives before deciding to invest in completing the event at Uluwatu in Bali.”
The event will commence within 48 hours after the conclusion of the Corona Bali Pro at Keramas, and finish no later than June 13, 2018.
In the men’s event, 24 competitors remain, including Culburra Beach’s Owen and Mikey Wright, in the field and competition will recommence with round three.
In the women’s event, eight competitors remain, including Culburra Beach’s Tyler Wright, in the field and competition will recommence with the quarter-finals.
“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,” WSL commissioner Kieren Perrow 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.
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