- World Surf League: Margaret River Men’s Pro & Women’s Pro Kicks Off
- The 3rd stop on WSL Championship Margaret River Men’s Pro and Women’s Pro kicked off at North Point in Australia. Mens' and Women's Round 1 ran in heavy six-to-eight foot (1.8 – 2.7 metre) conditions.
Kelly Slater (USA) does not participate in this event, because of he was injured. Miguel Pupo (BRA) is the replacement for Kelly Slater.
Defending Champion of this event and reigning World Champion John John Florence (HAW) defeated Mikey Wright (AUS) and Wade Carmichael (AUS) in Heat 3.
“I didn’t really see that as a grudge match or anything,” Florence said. “I just went out and did my own thing, which was easy as the waves are firing right now. There are so many incredible waves coming through out there, but it is hard to know where to sit and which ones to go for. It’s nice to get a heat win in the first round and get a bit of a rhythm going. Wherever we’ll be for my next round, it doesn’t matter. All three locations here are so fun, so I’ll be stoked where ever we surf.”
Jack Robinson (AUS), the replacement surfer for an injured Caio Ibelli (BRA), earned a big win in Heat 3 against current World No. 4 Owen Wright (AUS) and Miguel Pupo.
“It’s been a really crazy 24 hours for me,” Robinson said. “I was actually up in Perth when I got the call about the surf off and thought I’d better get back home. It was all so unexpected and a little bit overwhelming, to be honest. I feel so at home here at North Point, so I wasn’t really worried at all. I just went out there and did what I’d do any other time I surf here. It was really cool to see the waves come up throughout the day. I’d say the good ones are eight out of ten for North Point, which is really good and so good for a contest.”
Margaret River Men’s Pro Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Keanu Asing (HAW) 10.70, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5.33, Connor O’Leary (AUS) 4.64
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.17, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 10.67, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 2.54
Heat 3: Jack Robinson (AUS) 13.94, Owen Wright (AUS) 4.03, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 2.40
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW) 14.60, Mikey Wright (AUS) 11.87, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 8.50
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.16, Kael Walsh (AUS) 8.96, Joan Duru (FRA) 1.97
Heat 6: Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.56, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 10.00, Dave Delroy-Carr (AUS) 3.40
Heat 7: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 6.14, Conner Coffin (USA) 5.87, Michael February (ZAF) 2.57
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 5.00, Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 3.74, Yago Dora (BRA) 1.60
Heat 9: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 7.53, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 5.93, Griffin Colapinto (USA) 3.83
Heat 10: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 5.40, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 2.90, Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 2.23
Heat 11: Kolohe Andino (USA) 8.20, Frederico Morais (PRT) 5.93, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 6.54
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.34, Michel Bourez (PYF) 2.24, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 1.30
Margaret River Women’s Pro Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.00, Silvana Lima (BRA) 5.93, Coco Ho (HAW) 8.84
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.33, Sage Erickson (USA) 2.03, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 2.37
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 9.56, Keely Andrew (AUS) 4.63, Mikaela Greene (AUS) 6.43
Heat 4: Caroline Marks (USA) 7.90, Lakey Peterson (USA) 4.24, Paige Hareb (NZL) 4.80
Heat 5: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 12.17, Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.50, Macy Callaghan (AUS) 9.34
Heat 6: Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.37, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 5.13, Malia Manuel (HAW) 10.17
- source : World Surf League