Shark spotters on patrol at Margaret River Pro

MARGARET River Pro organisers are confident the water will be safe for contestants this year.

There will be plenty of shark spotters onboard when the competition takes place in April.

Site manager, Surfing WA's Tim Thirsk, said, "It's in our risk-management plan. We take it seriously.

"We'll have two jetskis in the line-up on shark patrol plus a spotter up in the judge's tent."

Altogether, five jetskis will be in the water with another two for towing and one on water patrol.

There will also be a doctor, nurses and full paramedics on site.

Asked if he believed the event's success could be affected by surfers' or spectators' anxieties about sharks Mr Thirsk replied he didn't think so.

"Shark attacks are a global thing, not just here," he said.

Last month Mr Thirsk visited the Surfers Point site with Surfing WA's Margaret River Pro director Tom Wilson and Augusta Margaret River Shire project manager Wayne Pragnell.

They checked out the newly-finished redevelopment and discussed the Pro.

Mr Wilson was pleased with the site and said the event would take advantage of the redevelopment with a "bigger and better setup" that included three big screen TVs and larger spaces for everyone involved. Spectators will have a lot more freedom to walk around.

The new site also offers a better view of The Box, which Mr Wilson said would be an option for surfers from the quarter finals onwards. Surfers will choose between this and the competition's traditional Main Break wave.

"This is a nice comfortable wave [Main Break], but The Box is one of the world's best tubes," he said.

The Surfers Point redevelopment has been in the planning for about a decade Mr Pragnell said and he was happy to see it completed.

"There's a bit of platforms and paving to go and we're waiting on funding for a shelter, " he said.

It was one of the biggest recreational projects that had all three levels of government working together.

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