Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Preview: Meat’s Back on the Menu

2014 ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Preview: Meat’s Back on the Menu

2014 ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Preview

Surfline’s preview of the Margaret River Pro

Marcus Sanders and Matt Pruett preview the 2014 ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro for Surfline.

Taj has won here before, and he’s from the area so he’ll be good to watch. If it moves to The Box then John, Kerrzy and Kelly will be good.
– Jordy Smith

Jordy because he’s so big and powerful and it’s a wave with a lot of push. Medina because of his solid perfomarances on the Goldy and the fact that he adapts so well. And Kerrsy because he’s made two finals there in recent years and he’s also in top form.
– Mick Fanning

Darkhorse? Owen Wright. He’s good either direction and any size, and he’s had a long time off. I’d imagine the waves could suit him well. If Glenn Hall gets a wildcard, he’ll be the most focused of anyone. With what he’s been through, I think he’s got a point to prove himself.
– Kelly Slater

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Pundit Analysis by Nick Carroll

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Pundit Analysis by Nick Carroll to help with Fantasy Surfer.

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Pundit analysis Nick Carroll 2014

analysis by Nick Carroll

Nick Carroll is a long time surfer and surf writer including a book on his brother the 1983 & 1984 World Tour Champion: TC, the story of Tom Carroll. Here Nick gives his pundit analysis of what to expect at the ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro 2014 for Surfing Life.

It’s still just the start of a long 2014 and it’s a major venue change from Snapper, so we can expect to see some surprising form and results switches. Obviously there’ll be eyes on Gabriel Medina and Joel Parkinson after their big finale two weeks ago, but other than Snapper’s top four, major threats will include Nat Young –whose Quik Pro form was dazzling and who has an instinctive connection with cool-water reef waves –and we suspect Owen Wright, who may not yet feel fully confident of his ability to win a WCT again but whose skills look if anything a fraction stronger than pre-injury. We also feel that Julian Wilson will be carrying over some emotional energy from his loss at Snapper and may bring something extra to his heats as a result. -more-
– Nick Carroll

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Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Pundit Picks by Ross Williams

2014 ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Pundit Picks by Ross Williams

Ross Williams winning the Clash of Legends in Hawaii 2011

Ross gives his picks for Margaret River

Ross Williams starred in Taylor Steele’s Momentum Series and became a professional surfer in 1990. He spent 10 years on the World Tour and four times ranked in the Top 16. Ross gives his ASP Fantasy Surfing Drug Aware Margaret River Pro 2014 pundit picks.

If you are looking to get some secure points in the bank, Nat is your boy. Consistency is only part of the equation for this athlete. Nat conjures up a crazy cocktail of power and flare that seems to detonate anyone in his path in a repeatable fashion. -more-
– Ross Williams

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Heat Draw

ASP 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Heat Draw for your Fantasy Surfer decisions.

Heat 1: Nat Young (USA), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA), Bede Durbidge (AUS), TBD
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), TBD
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 10: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Owen Wright (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF), Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 12: Gabriel Medina (BRA), John John Florence (HAW), Kolohe Andino (USA)

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Teaser Vid

2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Teaser Vid

2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro teaser vid

2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro teaser vid

Here’s the latest teaser vid put together by the ASP.

The ASP Top 34 are headed to Stop No. 2 of 11 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, from April 2 – 13, 2014.

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Predictions

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Predictions 2014

  • Judges read the forums and start giving Pupo 10s for style.
  • John John & Jordy go f-ing crazy….like 23 year olds on their first rebound relationships.
  • Slater, feeling threatened that Dion has a similar double-jointed back as him, takes to the air like he did in NY.
  • Flores drops in on Adriano and gets disqualified–he pulls a Bobby and quits the tour.
  • Parko takes out Pupo…the judges just couldn’t resist.
  • Freddy-P needs a 7.74 to win his quarterfinal heat….he gets a 7.73–he pulls a Bobby and quits the tour.
  • Josh Kerr, after studying tape of Mark McMorris at the Olympic Slopestyle in Sochi, pulls a triple cork–surfing changes forever.
  • The Spartan does a deep gouging hack and without knowing it, runs over the 141 pound Toledo and cuts him in half.
  • After a low score scare in R1 with some awesome risky surfing, Kolohe and Medina “surf to the judges’ criteria and take advantage of the entire wave”….they go deep.
  • Taj makes it to the semis and loses in the dying minutes.
  • Mick does a “round arcing carve into a foam climb and then a beautiful floating maneuver” for the win.
On that note, let’s reflect back on Bobby Martinez (interviewer’s face is priceless)…

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Preview

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Preview 2014 Fantasy Surfer preview

The contest at Margaret River started in 1985, but 2014 is the first year it has been apart of the World Tour. From what I’ve heard, the wave offers a punchy right or longer left. If the waves are smaller, we might see some of them taking to the air (Josh Kerr, I’m looking at you), but I’d guess we’ll see more power surfing. For more info, see the schedule.

It’s a good wave. It’s a tricky wave too. I think we might see some upsets go down there. You know, especially guys…you know…with those big frames that can throw a lot of water and stay heavy on their board. I think they’re going to be really dangerous out there.
– Mick Fanning

Josh Kerr winning the 2010 event (check out the 10 point ride at 1:57):
Kelly Slater at the 2011 contest:

Dusty Payne winning in 2013: