World's best surfers to head to Rottnest for one-off WSL event

PIC: Mark McGowan/Facebook

The world's best surfers will head to Rottnest to compete in a one-off World Surf League event.

Premier Mark McGowan announced the news via his Facebook page on Tuesday morning confirming the competition will be held at Strickland Bay from May 16 to 26.

"While it will be closed to spectators, it'll be a fantastic showcase for Rotto, and its surf," the post read.

"It'll mean national and international exposure for our unique island destination, and continue to build our case as a world-class surfing State."

The Rip Curl Rottnest Search will be the fourth stop of the Australian Championship Tour leg following the Margaret River Pro from May 2 to 12

"This one off event represents another real opportunity for a WA female and male surfer to compete at the highest level possible in Surfing," said Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane.

"Bronte Macaulay and Jack Robinson are both examples of WA surfers who have been provided with a similar opportunity via Wild Card positions in the past - and have successfully taken the step to legitimately earn themself a full time position on the World Championship Tour."

Although Rottnest Island will remain open for visitors while hosting the event, spectators won't be permitted at Strickland Bay because it is a broadcast only event.

WSL surfers and staff will first quarantine in New South Wales and compete in two events there before heading to WA for the Margaret River Pro and the Rottnest event.

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