Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Story Lines

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Story Lines

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Story LinesAs the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is set to begin in the next few days, there a number of story lines we’ll be keeping a close eye on:

  • After getting bounced early at Snapper, Jordy and JJF should be surfing with something to prove. Poor results here will seriously hurt both of these top 5 contenders’ shots for legitimate World Title runs. Let’s hope we see them perform to their highest levels.
  • Shea Lopez used the term “the wrath of Slater” to explain how Slater might react after getting beat by Adriano for the 5th time in a row. Slater did looked rattled in his post-heat interview. Will he come out swinging at Margs?
  • Taj is showing up as the hometown hero and event favorite (as highlighted in 21 Days). Will he put on a strong showing, or will he choke?
  • Medina is going to come out to show that Snapper wasn’t a fluke and that he is the real deal. Will he strengthen his claim on being a World Title contender?
  • Jeremy Flores was PISSED with Adriano and the whole interference drama. How will he react coming into Margs? How much would we love to see an Adriano/Flores rematch? …a lot.
  • The rookies: There are lots of eyes on Dion Atkinson for this event. He’s a power surfer raised on the cold, sharky slabs of southern Australia. If Margs gets some swell, he’ll be well suited to make a run. And Mitch Crews showed his high performance capabilities surprising many (especially Julian Wilson) with his strong result at Snapper. Both will be aiming to back up their results to avoid getting trapped in the lower seeds for the remainder of the year (and we know how valuable that was for Nat last year).
  • Miguel Pupo: shaped from the same mold as Gerry Lopez? His style had everyone buzzing at Snapper and he pulled right through to the Quarterfinals losing only to Parko who owned the break right up to the last minute of the finals. Will Miguel make the jump to next level this year? Many think yes.
  • (added) Will we see Kelly Slater ride without the Quiksilver logo on his Al Merrick for the first time in 23 years ? -more-

Red Bull Power Rankings: Post-Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

Red Bull Power Rankings: Post-Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2014 ASP

Power Rankings: Post-Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

Power Rankings: Post-Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

In the Red Bull Power Rankings: Post-Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Derek Rielly peels away the scores and talks about who really ripped.

A world title requires a temporary, or in Slater’s case a long-term, psychosis. Everything must bow before the crown, family, pals, behaviour. Taj is forged from a different metal. Nothing to Taj is as important as a 700-dollar cup made by a small trophy company in South Australia. And, still, Taj is the bridge between the teenagers and the old schoolers. The most complete competition surfer on tour. -more-
– Derek Rielly

The New ASP: Surfing’s Golden Dawn

The New ASP: Surfing’s Golden Dawn Stab Jed Smith

the new asp: surfing's golden dawn

The new ASP tour

In this Stab article, Jed Smith discusses the state of the ASP and new ZoSea arrangement.

A “perfect storm” of declining global economies, many of the sports biggest names turning their backs on competitive surfing, and the sport’s greatest of all-time, Kelly Slater, even attempting a breakaway Rebel Tour of his own had led many within the surf industry to believe the ASP’s competitive surfing experiment might be over. -more-
– Jed Smith

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Pundit Shea Lopez

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Pundit Shea Lopez ASP 2014

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Pundit Shea Lopez

Shea Lopez’ picks for Margaret River

Shea Lopez makes his Fantasy Surfer picks for the 2014 ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

Experience is worth its weight in gold at Margaret River, and experience will determine who does well and who spends their heat getting caught inside, bouncing off the reef en route to a 36th-place finish. In this open-ocean locale, power surfing will seize the day. Think Occy and Luke Egan. If either of them were competing today, they would be the favorites. -more-
– Shea Lopez

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Pundit Picks Cheat Sheet

2014 ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Pundit Picks Cheat Sheet

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Pundit Picks Cheat Sheet

Red Bull Margaret River Cheat Sheet

Red Bull has put together a great list of pundit picks for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro including from Derek Rielly, Travis Ferre, Marcus Sanders and Chris Binns.

Taj Burrow, almost 36 years old now, has spent his life in WA’s south-west thanks to American parents who took the old adage ‘go west’ to its most extreme geographical point. This year he’ll win and it will come more easily than he might believe possible, even with a slight shade of mockery.
– Derek Rielly, Stab magazine

Let’s go out on a limb. I’m honestly predicting Gabriel Medina to go back to back. He’s got it all figured out. All of it.
– Travis Ferre, What Youth

Jordy Smith. He’s there early with a big quiver up to 6ft 10in. He’s got very long arms. A solid rail. He’s motivated. As long as he can avoid the dreaded Marg’s interference off the peak, he’ll take it home to South Africa.
– Marcus Sanders, Surfline

Darkhorse? Artiz Aranburu slays big water. When Margarets looks like Sunset, Aritz will be gobbling golden boys en route to the podium. But ignore if the swell fails to front.
– Chris Binns, Ex-Editor of Surfing Life

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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Red Bull 21 Days: Burrow/Kerr (Part 2)

Red Bull 21 Days Burrow Kerr Part 2

Red Bull has released Part 2 of the 21 Days: Burrow/Kerr series unveiling another chapter in the lives of Taj Burrow and Josh Kerr leading up to the 2014 ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

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