Two local stars are aiming for a shot at the Pro as the Think Mental Health WA Trials splash down in Margaret River this weekend. Twelve of the best males and 12 of the finest female surfers in the State will compete for a coveted spot into the fifth event of the World Surf League Championship Tour. One male and one female will get the chance to compete against the world’s best if they can come out on top in the trials. “The event is the final stop on the Pathway to the Pro concept, which presents a unique opportunity for two WA surfers to earn their place among the world’s best surfers,” Surfing Western Australia CEO Mark Lane said. “Trialists have been selected based on their performances over the past 12 months and include a mixture of local boardrider club champions, State champions, national team representatives, specialty event winners, as well the highest rated WA surfers from the WSL qualifying series.” Geraldton’s Max Marsden and Kate McKenzie both earned their entry by winning the men’s and women’s open finals at the Sunshine Surfmasters event in September last year. “It’s a real good feeling hopefully I can grab a few waves down there and do alright that’d be good,” Marsden said after earning his chance last year. The trials act as the official curtain-raiser to a thrilling two weeks of professional surfing in Western Australia, with surfers from across WA vying for their chance at compete on the surfing’s biggest stage. “This is as big as it gets for our local West Australian surfers,” Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks said. “Our 24 surfers have followed different pathways to get their spot into the trials and I wish them all the very best of luck.” The Think Mental Health WA Trials will be live streamed via www.streamer.com.au allowing people anywhere in the world to tune in and watch the action as it happens in Margaret River. The 37th Margaret River Pro will be held from April 20 to 30 at Surfers Point.