The first 20 heats of the Drug Aware Pro Men’s Prime at Margaret River took place in big, lumpy peaks on Monday, March 19.
Margaret River has a large playing field, complete with its share of hazards– wash-through sets on the outside, and dry rock shelves on the inside– making it quite difficult to secure two good waves in a heat. Most surfers opted for step-up equipment in the 6’8″-7’0″ range, to aid in navigating the tricky lineup. But even with the proper equipment, it was not an easy day for many. Timmy Reyes walked away with a two wave total of 1.94 after a 30 minute heat.
Of course, Kelly Slater somehow managed to paddle out on a 5’9″ 5-fin and rack up the day’s highest heat total, 16.60.
“I got here really late last night so I haven’t had much sleep,” Slater admitted. “Today is probably the worst of the wind conditions for the week. I think we’re going to get some great waves this week. I didn’t know what was on offer when I was out there because all day I saw guys missing waves, so I tried to stay busy and get used to the line-up.”
With swell and conditions only forecasted to improve, look for competition to resume at 7 a.m. local time.