Margaret River Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

Margaret River Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Margaret River Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Shea’s detailed write-up

Margaret River Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his team for the 2015 contest in West Oz.

While the past few events haven’t offered up much in the way of decent surf, Margaret River is staring down a massive swell-spawning purple blob which should finally give us an opportunity to take in some real action from the world’s best. And man, do the 34 need to let off the steam that has been building due to a lack of surf this season. When Margaret’s is over 6 foot, it becomes an open-ocean venue, requiring an entirely new skill set to dominate. It’s always interesting see who has the meat to throw around a big board on a large workable wall. For this event, my FS team is composed of surfers with the experience and skill to successfully navigate the fiery, open-ocean conditions we’re hoping to see for this comp.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Kelly Slater $10,000,000
Fred Patacchia $5,000,000
Jordy Smith $9,7500,000
Owen Wright $7,500,000
CJ Hobgood $3,000,000
Michel Bourez $8,000,000
Bede Durbidge $6,000,000
Alejo Muniz $1,500,000

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Margaret River Pro Wildcards: Alejo Muniz & Jay Davies

Margaret River Pro Wildcards: Alejo Muniz & Jay Davies 2015

Margaret River Pro Wildcards: Alejo Muniz & Jay Davies 2015

Margaret River Pro Wildcards

Alejo Muniz & Jay Davies will be the wildcards in the 2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. Alejo received the wildcard for being on the top of the QS rankings and will surf in Round 1 against Medina and Freddy-P. Jay won the trials and will surf against Mick and Wilko.

Jay hadn’t been in a contest jersey since the trials for this event last year, and on that occasion he didn’t make it past the opening rounds. Things were different today though; He surfed four heats, losing in the first, no-losers round and then winning each of the following scraps. -more-

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks 2015

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Jimmicane's Passion Picks 2015

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

Pick ’em
The Elite: Kerr, Fanning
The Grinders: JJF, Parko, Slater, Bede
The Strugglers: Bourez, Dusty

Maybe consider
The Elite: Nat
The Grinders: Medina
The Strugglers: CJ

I have some good news and some bad news as the MWCT (Mushy Wave Championship Tour) continues at Main Break Margaret River. The good news: A huge swell coincides with the start of the waiting period and it should continue to pump for multiple days. The bad news: It takes Commissioner Kieren Perrow approximately two hours of getting barreled at The Box before he can comfortably make a call to change locations. Oh, and permits don’t allow for North Point.

– Jimmicane -more-

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Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Surfline Preview

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Surfline Preview 2015

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Surfline Preview 2015

Surfline preview

Ben Mondy gives a preview of what we can expect at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

Contenders: Mick, Bourez, Parko, Kerr, Dusty, ADS, Jordy, Owen

With the first week promising a raw, solid energy that few other places on Tour deliver, it will be those surfers who harness the power best that will come out on Top.

– Ben Mondy-more-

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Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Seeds & Heat Draw

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2015 WSL Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

H6: 1. Mick Fanning 24. Matt Wilkinson 36. Jay Davies
H5: 2. Gabriel Medina 23. Fred Patacchia 35. Alejo Muniz
H4: 3. Adriano De Souza 22. Sebastian Zietz 34. CJ Hobgood
H3: 4. Kelly Slater 21. Kai Otton 33. Ricardo Christie
H2: 5. Jordy Smith 20. Jadson Andre 32. Brett Simpson
H1: 6. John John Florence 19. Wiggolly Dantas 31. Dusty Payne
H7: 7. Josh Kerr 18. Adrian Buchan 30. Keanu Asing
H8: 8. Filipe Toledo 17. Miguel Pupo 29. Glenn Hall
H9: 9. Taj Burrow 16. Bede Durbidge 28. Jeremy Flores
H10: 10. Joel Parkinson 15. Kolohe Andino 27. Adam Melling
H11: 11. Michel Bourez 14. Nat Young 26. Italo Ferreira
H12: 12. Owen Wright 13. Julian Wilson 25. Matt Banting

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Past Results 2014

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Past Results 2014

Here are the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro past results and winners from 2014.

Winner Runner-up Semis Quarters R5
2014 Michel Bourez Josh Kerr Dede Burbidge
Kelly Slater
Jordy Smith
Gabriel Medina
Joel Parkinson
Nat Young
Miguel Pupo
Yadin Nicol
Filipe Toledo
Adriano De Souza

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Groundswell’s Pundit Picks

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Groundswell’s Pundit Picks 2015

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Groundswell's Pundit Picks 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

Groundswell, the Fantasy Surfer forum moderator, lays down his Hot & Cold Drug Aware Margaret River Pro pundit picks for 2015. For his detailed write-ups and other WSL contest picks, check out his forum posts.

HOT: Fanning, Kerr, Jordy

COLD: Simpson, Dusty, Hall

BOOM OR BUST: JJF, Ace, Julian

CAUTION: Taj, Bourez, ADS

– Groundswell -more-

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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Wildcard Joe Van Dijk

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Wildcard Joe Van Dijk 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Wildcard Joe Van Dijk 2015

Bells Beach wildcard Joe Van Dijk

Joe Van Dijk has won the trials and will surf against Gabriel Medina and Matt Banting in Round 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach finalized its event roster with the addition of Phillip Island’s Joe Van Dijk, winner of the men’s trials. Currently ranked No. 17 on the men’s Junior Qualifying Series, Van Dijk, a powerful and progressive regular-footer, will surf in his first CT event with the support of his sister, women’s CT rank equal No. 9 Nikki Van Dijk. -more-

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Jimmicane's Passion Picks 2015

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2015 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Pick ’em
The Elite: Toledo, Fanning
The Grinders: Jordy, Medina, JJF, Slater
The Strugglers: Bourez, Otton

Maybe consider
The Elite: ADS
The Grinders: Kolohe
The Strugglers: Mason

With seeding this wacky, enjoy it while it lasts and create your very own Dream Team.

– Jimmicane -more-

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