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Surfing World Tour heads for Kangaroo Island

30th June 2011 Print
Surfing World Tour heads for Kangaroo Island

Experience the unique wonders of Kangaroo Island’s wildlife with Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours and take in an historic first South Australia Event when the Surfing World Tour comes to Vivonne Bay.

Kangaroo Island Pro Surfing Event

In an historic first, South Australia will host some of the world’s top surfers this November after winning the rights to host an event on the surfing World Tour.  The inaugural Kangaroo Island Pro will be held at one of Australia’s most picturesque beaches, Vivonne Bay, from November 4 – 9 2011. Former world champion Mark Occhilupo is already confirmed as a starter and he will be joined by up to 150 top male surfers from around the world.

Tourism Minister John Rau said the event would showcase Kangaroo Island and South Australia to the world:

“The Kangaroo Island Pro will provide a fantastic opportunity to promote Kangaroo Island as a wonderful surfing and tourism destination, and it will also bring a new market of tourists to this amazing island.  Kangaroo Island is the perfect fit for this event, as it has vast amounts of unspoiled wilderness and wildlife and beautiful beaches that produce the surf required to hold a high ranking event.”

The Kangaroo Island Pro will be highly competitive with professional surfers outside of the top 32 participating in order to secure points to advance their rankings into the top group.  Surfing Australia will look at building a festival around the Kangaroo Island Pro, with details to be launched at a later date.  Competing with Mark Occhilupo at the event will be South Australia’s Dion Atkinson, who is the top ranked surfer in the State and placed 39th in the world and current South Australian State champion, Teale Vanner, who is from Kangaroo Island.

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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours

Experience this fantastic event with a 4WD tour from Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours to take in the special nature and wildlife, whilst staying at the exclusive Seascape Lodge on Emu Bay.

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours offer you flexible, personalised touring in luxury 4WD touring vehicles. Our small group tours (maximum six passengers) are designed to bring you closer to our unique wild animals providing a soft adventure experience within the wonderful landscapes of the island.

From Adelaide fly into Kingscote Airport where you will be met by your own personal guide.  Our Island is much larger than most people imagine so this popular tour includes two full days touring and a day to spend at the surf event. The tours consist of the 'Wilderness Wildlife' and 'Wilderness Wildscapes' day tours as well as dinner, bed & breakfast plus delicious home cooked lunches, great SA wines, beers, fresh coffee, entry fees and transfers.

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Surfing World Tour heads for Kangaroo Island