Grand Slam surfing event announced for Margaret River

Jack Robinson enjoying the waves at the Box. Photo by Surfing WA.
Jack Robinson enjoying the waves at the Box. Photo by Surfing WA.

Dunsborough's Richard Wain has tasted victory at the Stand Up Paddleboard State Titles last weekend which was contested over three days in the Geraldton area.

Making the most of wide variety of locations perfectly suited to riding a SUP, the event went mobile in search for the best waves available.

The contest was greeted with consistent waves for the first two days of competition at Back Beach and picture perfect conditions for finals day on Sunday at Sunset Beach.

Wain got busy during the final and made the most of the reeling waves to build a substantial score of 16.23 out of 20.

Wain was able to create some space between himself and fellow Dunsborough local Peter Dunn who placed second with Fremantle's Peter Bevan in third place respectively.

This one off event for 2020 means the winners in each eight divisions were crowned this year's State Champions and Wain took home the Over 60's crown.

Wain has been a regular at the popular SUP events over the years and was driven to make the WA state team and go to another Australian Titles which is being held at the wave rich Philip Island, Victoria later this year.

Dunsborough's Richard Wain took out the stand up paddle board state title in Geraldton. Photo by Paul Jones.

Dunsborough's Richard Wain took out the stand up paddle board state title in Geraldton. Photo by Paul Jones.

In other contest news, the WSL has announced there will be a Grand Slam of surfing in 2020 which will have one of the two events being held in Margaret River during a waiting period over September and October.

International surfing legend Taj Burrow has accepted a wildcard in the men's draw while Jake Paterson and Dave Macaulay will compete in an epic Heritage heat.

A WA female will also be awarded a wildcard place in the main women's draw.

The series will see 24 of Australia's best surfers (12 men and 12 women) go head to head in each division over two days.

Each winner will receive $20,000 which will go to the charity of their choice.

Forecast: conditions will start to improve on Friday with South to South Westerly winds and a 3 metre plus swell.

Saturday will start to clean up with South East winds and a 2.4 metre swell while Sunday should be epic again with Easterly winds and a 3.5 metre ground swell.