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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Surfline Power Rankings: Andrew Kidman’s Review of the Surfers

Surfline Power Rankings: Andrew Kidman’s Review of the Surfers Fantasy Surfer

Surfline Power Rankings: Andrew Kidman's Review of the Surfers

Surfline Power Rankings

At present, the two-wave structure more often than not rewards mediocrity, surfers attempting to “build a house.” I want to see that “house” destroyed by a wrecking ball of performance. I want to see the surfer that does the best surfing in the heat win. I’m tired of watching average surfing defeat a surfer like John John or Jordy Smith whom both more often than not lose because they can’t find a backup wave. By changing the format to one wave it would force the competitors to go for broke from the get go. -more-
– Andrew Kidman

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Blind Team Results

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Blind Team Results 2014

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Blind Team Results 2014

Surfer Stats

Before the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, we picked our aspwedge Fantasy Surfer team without looking at the names–we only used past results (see the graph). We call these our blind picks. Based on the forecast, we picked this team based on past performance wave results. The last day was clearly wave for the power surfers, and the day at The Box favoured the barrel-riders. Even still, the team beat all of our club teams (which based on our results, wasn’t a huge feat), and did score a respectable 840.

*Avg FS pts Margs pts
Taj Burrow $10,500,000 147 86
Jordy Smith $9,500,000 130 127
Adriano De Souza $8,250,000 133 102
Michel Bourez $7,250,000 113 200
Filipe Toledo $6,000,000 118 103
Travis Logie $3,250,000 92 38
Owen Wright $3,250,000 82 83
Yadin Nicol $1,500,000 66 101
Total: $49,500,000 881 840

*based on WCT performance wave results from 2012-2014

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Taj vs Bede Re-run

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Taj vs Bede re-run

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Taj vs Bede re-run

“Breaking Bede” by Mimi LaMontagne

With 3 minutes left of R3:H1, Taj needed an 8.17 to catch Bede. Taj chose his wave and started paddling, but got his hand caught in Bede’s leash. The judges decided to re-run the heat at the end of the day. Crazy start and finish to the day. Here’s the video of the incident, as well as the ASP interview with Bede after the re-run.

Rather than drag himself home to have a cheeky cry, Taj went straight to the judges booth. And for good reason, because after a few hours of debate, a re-surf was called. According to some rule in some unknown ASP handbook, the situation had caused an impediment to Taj’s ability to surf the wave to his full potential, and therefore, to win the heat (and it did). So at the end of the day, after the whole of round three had finished and the waves were beyond gross, Taj and Bede paddled back out. Taj, determined. Bede, angry, cold and ropeable. But Bede went out with ferocity. -more-
– Mimi LaMontagne, Surfing Life