Just to make sure everyone is aware of drugs, the powers that be are having a 6* WQS contest at Margaret River in Western Australia…
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6 Star Prime Rated Men's and 5 Star Women's World Qualifying Series Event (WQS) enjoyed near perfect conditions with clean 1.8 to 2.5 metre waves on offer with trialist's for Men's Drug Aware Pro decided and round one Of the Drug Aware Women's Pro completed.
Carissa Moore from Hawaii dominating her heat at Margaret River in West Oz. Photo courtesy Surfing Australia
North Stradbroke's, Lincoln Taylor, Hira Teraniitoofa (Tahiti), Jay Davies (Yallingup) and Manuel Selman (Chile) blazed through their final to earn berths in tomorrow's main men's event.
Taylor was in devastating form in the Drug Aware Pro trials today claiming first place off the back of his combined 15.5 score. His aggressive backhand attack not only impressed the judges, but the spectators who congregated on the embankment at Surfer's Point, Margaret River.
"I've never been to Margs before, so it was good to get out on the water and get some momentum going. Tomorrow is going to be pretty hard with some good competitors lined up, but I just need to get out there and get some good waves and see how I go". Taylor is now tipped as a hot favourite for the main event which commences Tuesday 31 March.
Jay Davies (Margaret River) put in a stellar performance and busted out some impressive right hand manoeuvres to take out the heat from Manuel Selman (Chile), Nick Vasicek (Coolangatta) and Jarred Davies (Margaret River), with a combined score of 16.15.
"I really enjoyed today's final. With so many waves around, no one's heckling on the peaks which puts everyone in a good mood out on the water. I played around with my equipment today, so if conditions change tomorrow, I'm covered."
The seas rose to 2.0 – 2.5 metres when the girls took to the water in the first round of 60 mid-morning, with consistent 2.5 metre sets rolling in throughout the morning. Seventeen year old Hawaiian Carissa Moore blew her competition out of the water, setting the bar high for the rest of the field with a 8.00 and 6.35 in the first round women's heat mid-morning.
Solid pre-event preparation from City Beach's Claire Bevilacqua paid off when she made it through her first round heat in deteriorating conditions. Joining her in the next round is Jess Dobson from Moyura on the New South Wales south coast.
"The wind was really strong and the bigger waves snuck up a little, but I felt good out there and knew where to sit. I made it through somehow, so I am pretty lucky", said Claire Bevilacqua of her first heat.
With Drug Aware Pro Men's due to start early tomorrow and a fantastic week long swell outlook this event looks set to deliver in a big way.