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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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Shea’s detailed write-up

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his team for the 2015 contest at Bells.

Gabriel Medina is the current world champ after a dream year that saw everything fall neatly into place for him. Joel Parkinson is surfing stronger and smoother than ever. John John is already at Bells practicing. All three of these elite surfers had a disastrous showing at Snapper and lost out in Round 3. None of these three made my FS team, but all warrant much attention at Bells. Heading into Torquay, it’s do-or-die time for the Tour. Historically, you’ll see five world title contenders break from the pack here.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Kelly Slater $9,750,000
Mason Ho $1,500,000
Kolohe Andino $7,5000,000
Julian Wilson $8,000,000
Matt Banting $5,000,000
Jordy Smith $9,250,000
Dusty Payne $3,750,000
Filipe Toledo $7,500,000

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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Nick Carroll’s Preview

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Nick Carroll’s Preview 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Nick Carroll's Preview 2015

Nick Carroll’s preview

Nick Carroll takes a look at the veterans, the rookies and who to keep an eye on at Bells.

Favourites: Toledo, Mick, Julian, Medina
Don’t miss: Jordy, JJF, Slater, Wilko
Potentially lethal: Owen, Pupo, Parko, ADS, Kolohe, Taj
Dark horses: Italo, Nat, Wiggolly

It’s been three years since someone won back to back CTs (guess who…yep, Kelly, in 2012), and while multiple winners during a year aren’t uncommon, double-ups are–probably because to pull it these days, you’ve gotta win too many heats running. Regardless, we reckon Filipe’s as good a chance as anyone, given his scorching form and the nature of the surf forecast. You need to be super psyched to win a small Bells, and he is. Julian got very close to the Bell last year and has a better grip on the winning formula this year. Fanning is in excellent form with an excellent quiver and many years of succeeding here; while he is vulnerable to a hyperactive air master or backside spray-thrower, he’s still a good bet in a town where he feels so at home. And Gabriel, hell, he is Gabriel. Chances of him blowing another event entry the way he did at Snapper, we reckon, might be as close to zero as it gets.

– Nick Carroll -more-

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Ross Williams’ Pundit Picks

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Ross Williams’ Pundit Picks 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Ross Williams Pundit Picks 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ’em, sit ’em list for the 2015 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the second stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Start ‘Em: Mick, Jordy, Melling
Sit ‘Em: Pupo, Hall, Asing
Darkhorse: Bede

First and foremost: Get your forecast on! If you intend to nail your picks for Bells you’ll need to be on top of conditions. The contest takes advantage of a variety of breaks based on tides, so a surfer who would normally excel in one kind of break may end up with poor results if the event changes location. Bells’ four options for breaks include the Bells Bowl, Winkipop, Rincon and Johanna.

We won’t know for sure where the comp will run until each morning’s call, but here’s a crude scale with which to guesstimate: Lots of big swell, think Bells Bowl. Mediocre swell, think low-tide Bowl and high-tide Rincon. Small-to-weak swell think Winkipop. No swell at all think Johanna. My picks are based on mediocre swell, which is the most likely scenario based on the current forecast.

– Ross Williams -more-

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