That’s right, the Margaret River Pro is back as some of the world’s top male and female surfers return to our world class surf breaks once again. Margs is one of the favourite stops on The Tour with Surfer’s Point the hub of all the action – there’s big screens, expert commentary, food trucks, merchandise and the chance to get up close and personal with the world’s best surfing stars. It’s a free spectator event so pop on down to the Point and get amongst it.
Surf groms get their own set of action with the Healthy Habitz Youth Festival happening at the Skatepark every afternoon during the first week of The Pro. There’s a heap of activities including a 3 on 3 Basketball competition, an 8m climbing wall, rollerskating, indoor art and craft activities, Pimp Your Board spray art, Daily DJ’s and the Margs Park Series Skate Competition on Friday 7th May. Keep an eye on local papers for more info or just drop on down to the skatepark after school until 5.30pm.
Coinciding with the Margaret River Pro, local artist and surfing sensation Felicity Palmeteer is staging her first exhibition, Skin Deep at The Heart until 17th May. Felicity returned home during Covid after years on the road to fulfil her creative ambition of combining her two greatest passions, surfing and art. Her Skin Deep exhibition is a free event staged in the HEART foyer gallery.
The movies screening at The Heart over the next week have taken on a surfing theme too.
Undone, screening on Tuesday 4th May is a remarkable story of personal endeavour following female professional surfer, Laura Enever who leaves a comfortable place on the WSL Championship Tour to explore the unpredictable world of big-wave surfing. The screening will be followed by an exclusive Q&A session with Laura so you can ask her yourself what it’s like to pursue some of the most dangerous waves in the world.
Then screening on Thursday 6th May is The Longest Wave, a partial documentary offering a rare glimpse into what motivates an athlete to push his mind and body to the limit. It follows legendary watersports pioneer Robby Naish and his quest to master the world’s longest waves. A personal story of dedication, Robby pursues excellence in the ocean while balancing life’s complications on land.
This Saturday, 1st May you’ll be able to spot 1500 runners as they tackle the 80km challenge of the Margaret River Ultra Marathon. Come and support them at various spots along the trail such as the White Elephant cafe, Riflebutts Reserve and even Surfer’s Point as they make their way from Hamelin Bay to the finish line at Cheeky Monkey brewery.
Also on this Saturday is the gruelling challenge of the Sunsmart Busselton Ironman which spans the whole weekend and offers fun for all the family. As well as seeing the athletes in action, there’s a health and lifestyle expo, kids triathlon and a fun team triathlon to encourage everyone to participate and experience triathlon racing.
Do you want to start writing but don’t know where to start? Join creative writing specialist Nicole Sinclair for a Writing Workshop Series to help find your voice and motivation. You’ll do fun writing exercises, explore ways to get your first words on paper and get feedback on your work. Designed for 18 to 25 year olds, the workshops begin on Saturday 1st May and runs fortnightly until 10th July.
Tickets are now on sale for Pete the Sheep, a lively and mischievous award-winning musical for young audiences and adults alike brought to you by Arts Margaret River on 20th and 21st May. This hilarious show, imaginatively told by four performers playing shearers, dogs and sheep explores the challenges and rewards of being an individual and will be a lasting tribute to honouring your own spirit and strength, whilst working with the flock.
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