Michel Bourez takes his first ASP World Tour victory
Finalists Michel Bourez and Josh Kerr would take to the water at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, with both surfers searching for their first career ASP WCT wins. The bout would get off to a slow start, but Bourez would eventually light up two consecutive waves of 6.33 and 7.57 with his patented forehand power.
Kerr would answer back, delivering a full fledged attack on the Main Break rights, but Bourez would continue to build momentum, adding an 8.33 to his scoreline to secure the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.
SF 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.10 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.87
The opening Semifinal would see Australian flyboy Josh Kerr take on fellow countryman Bede Durbidge, with both Australians engaging in a seesaw battle for a spot in the final.
Kerr would take the early lead, logging a 5.50 and 8.83, for his signature forehand panache on the Main Break rights. Durbidge would slug his way back in to the heat compliments of his powerful approach, detonating a 7.07 and 7.80 of his own. With just minutes remaining on the clock, Kerr would answer back once again, posting a 6.67 with a powerful game of his own, solidifying a slot in the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Final.
SF 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.14 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 14.90
Margaret River's Main Break continued to deliver in Semifinal 2 as righthanders marched in for the bout between 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater and Tahitian powerhouse Michel Bourez. Slater was dominant from the outset, blending a variety of impressive turns on a number of waves while Bourez struggled to find a rhythm.
In the dying minutes however, the momentum changed and the Tahitian lit up a righthander with Herculean power for a 9.37. The heat turned and the Spartan now finds himself in the Final.
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