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10 time world champion Kelly Slater to compete at Margaret River Pro.

No photo, if you want to see him, get to the event."

Western Australia has long had the tag that W.A. stood for "Wait A while" and while in some cases it's true, the biggest "Wait A while" for WA has finally come true.

Prince William is coming to Australia, who cares. We have the King, the king of surf, Kelly Slater coming to WA.
It was announced today that the most successful surfing champion in the history of the sport, Kelly Slater, will be heading to Western Australia for the Margaret River Pro from April 3 to 10.
The current ASP World Champion, who has been dominating the sport of surfing for nearly 20 years, holds the stats of being the youngest and oldest ASP World Champion and has 10 ASP World Titles under his belt. His successes have many sports enthusiasts claiming that the Floridian is the greatest athlete of all time.

The continued support of key sponsor Eventscorp has been instrumental in securing Kelly Slater's appearance.

"We are very fortunate to have fantastic sponsorship support behind us, which has allowed us to increase prize money to a level where we are attracting the best surfers in the world. To have the opportunity to watch Kelly surf live against a field of this calibre is truly exciting. said Mark Lane From SWA"

The announcement comes after Slater today defeated Western Australia's Taj Burrow at the Quiksilver Pro in what was a tight finish. Burrow, who was arguably the form surfer throughout the entirety of the Quiksilver Pro will be looking for revenge against Slater at his home break come April. TB will now have his chance to get his own back on home turf.

Slater will join the strongest field in the event's history, with 26 of the top 32 men's surfers now confirmed to compete at Surfer's Point. The line-up will include two times World Champion and last year's number four Mick Fanning, number three Taj Burrow and number five Bede Durbidge.

It is expected that with Slater's inclusionthe event will draw bigger crowds than ever, further promoting tourism and the local economy. Tourism Minister Dr Kim Hames said, "The news of Kelly Slater's participation at the event is very exciting for Western Australia. Exciting. Kelly competed in the Margaret River Pro back in the early 90s at the beginning of his career, so it's great to have him back now that he is a legend of the sport". Mate this is bigger than the hike in eletricity prices this state has seen recently.

Slater at 39 years of age is still surfing like a grommett and just like a bottle of Margaret Rivers infamous red wine, he gets better with age. His aerial attack, combined with his powerful carves sends shivers down fellow competitors spines along with constant drool running out of female spectators mouths. Yes girls, your dream boat is coming to WA.

Spectator entry to the event is free, so you better start booking your accomodation now, because its gonna be a good one.

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Last updated 12/09/2009