Carissa Moore (HAW) and Dusty Payne (HAW) have both claimed victory at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in solid surf today. Both surfers fought through a stacked field of the world’s best to claim their respective wins and etch their names in the history books as winners at the world-class Surfers Point, Margaret River, WA, Australia.
Stop No. 2 of 8 on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro has seen Tyler Wright retain the ASP Women’s World No. 1 position after finishing runner-up to Moore. The rest of the surfers moved and shuffled around the rankings, with last year’s top 4 further stretching the gap between them and the rest.
The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is the first men’s ASP PRIME rated event for the 2013 season, offering maximum points towards 2014 ASP World Championship Tour qualification campaigns. The final four surfers left standing in this event were all elite ASP World Championship Tour surfers, taking the lion’s share of all the points and prize-money on offer.
Carissa Moore (HAW) claimed her first ASP Women’s WCT event win in over a year, showing how deadly she can be in big and powerful surf. Moore now moves up to be the ASP World No. 2 ranked surfer, in what is already shaping up to be an exciting ASP Women’s World Title race after only two events.
“I’m feeling really, really amazing right now!” said Moore. “I’m stoked to walk away with the win and to be up on the podium again. I didn’t win an event last year, and it was hard for me, but it definitely fired me up. It’s only been two events and it’s already looking like it will be a close ASP Women’s World Title race, but there are girls who didn’t make it to the final day who are capable of causing upsets and winning events. It will be really interesting to see how it all pans out.”
Tyler Wright (AUS) posted an event high 9.50 (out of a possible 10) in her Semifinal win over Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), but got washed over shallow reef shortly after and severely corked her thigh. The soreness in her leg and challenging conditions in the Final held her back from unleashing her trademark turns and she had to settle for second place behind a red-hot Carissa Moore.
“It’s only the second event of the year and in no way am I looking at being number one at all!” Wright said. “I’m up against World Champions, a three times world runner-up and the rest of the tour as well. I’m just being me more this year and I’m really happy and I think it’s showing in my surfing. I’ve done a lot of growing up over the past two years and I’m enjoying the tour. My brother Owen has been a great support to me, he was at this contest but went home. He called me this morning and we had a massive conversation and that helped me to the podium today.”
Dusty Payne (HAW) was the form surfer of the 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro and stormed through the draw all the way to his first major ASP event win. Payne showcased his raw and powerful brand of surfing in the solid waves at Surfer’s Point all event and sealed his win with a near-perfect 9.23 (out of a possible 10) in the final.
“I’ve never won anything before, this is sick!” Payne said. “This is my first major win and this is an awesome event. I’m so glad to win in Western Australia, I love it over here! I was in good rhythm at the event, which never happens, lucky I guess. I’m just so stoked right now. I was injured for half of last year and had to sit on the sidelines and watch my friends surf and win events, and now here I am. It feels great.”
Josh Kerr (AUS), 2010 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro champion today had to settle for a runner-up finish as another Australian couldn’t get past a red-hot Hawaiian.
“I’m stoked for Dusty (Payne), he’s been surfing so good at this event,” Kerr said. “I almost penciled him in for the win before I paddled out for the final because he’s been surfing so good. I also made some errors out there and was behind in the end, but I’m super stoked to be in the final. It was one of those ones where a bit of luck went my way in a few heats so you’ve got to be happy when that happens.”
DRUG AWARE MARGARET RIVER PRO RESULTS:
Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.00 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 6.94
WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.27 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 9.56
SF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 18.43 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.83
Dusty Payne (HAW) 16.36 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.20
MEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Dusty Payne (HAW) 18.00 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.16
SF 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.33 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.43
MEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.00 def. Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 8.27
QF 2: Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.17 def. Jay Thompson (AUS) 8.23
QF 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.50 def. Jay Quinn (NZL) 13.20
QF 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.30 def. Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 14.50
Current ASP Women’s ASP WCT Top 5
1) Tyler Wright (AUS) 18,000
2) Carissa Moore (HAW) 16,500
3) Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14,500
4) Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13,000
5) Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10,400
5) Alana Blanchard (HAW) 10,400
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Waves and Broken Boards at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro yesterday...now we finish the action.
23 March Hawaii time : - - A long day of action packed heats held in maxing 8-to-10 foot (2.5-3 meter) surf at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro has seen the Men’s draw that started with 96 of the world’s best surfers whittled down to just 8 Quarterfinalists. The stage is set for a massive Finals day tomorrow that will see the winners crowned in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions with surf forecaster Coastalwatch predicting excellent condition.
Stop No. 2 of 8 on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro has just four Semifinalists remaining. The four women left in the event are the same four Semifinalists from the season opening event on the Gold Coast and they have set themselves as frontrunners for the 2013 ASP Women’s World Title.
Josh Kerr © ASP/Robertson
The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is also the first men’s ASP PRIME rated event for the 2013 season, offering maximum points towards 2014 ASP World Championship Tour qualification campaigns. Now that we’re into the finals the points are massive, the prize-money is huge and the guys will be putting it all on the line to claim the event win.
Julian Wilson (AUS) won through two exciting heats today, posting an event high 9.57 (out of a possible 10) in his morning heat after unloading multiple under the lip snaps. In his second heat he was lucky to get past Kolohe Andino (USA), after suffering an interference in the first minute of the heat.
Kolohe Andino © ASP/Robertson
Andino was up and riding when Wilson dropped in and did a cutback, as a result Wilson lost half of his second scoring ride, but he still managed to amass enough points to defeat Andino and advance into the Quarterfinals.
“I swear I saw that wave passed him by so I took it,” Wilson said. “He must have caught it late. I did that cutback and I saw him, at first I thought it was one of the guys from the heat before catching a wave in, then I saw it was Kolohe (Andino) and I was thinking ‘oh no.’ I wasn’t too mad about it, I just tried to stay focussed. I’m really happy to get through that one. I know how it feels for Kolohe losing that heat, you’ve got a big opportunity to get the win and you can’t manage it.”
Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) battled back and forth with Hawaiian Granger Larsen (HAW) for a spot in the Quarterfinals, but it was the Canary Island surfer who was able to best battle the elements and get the scores to progress.
“I knew it was going to be a tough heat in these conditions,” Gonzalez said. “I was in second place and I got a wave at the end, and it was the best wave of the heat so I’m happy with what happened. This is a big event and it’s early in the year so I’m happy to already be in the Quarterfinals, and hopefully the waves are better for me tomorrow and I can go further.”
Jonathan Gonzalez © ASP/Robertson
Dusty Payne (HAW) eliminated event standout performer Brian Toth (PRI) in a fairly one-sided affair. Payne was in sync posting a pair of scores in the 8-point-range thanks to his powerhouse carves and wraps.
“My plan was to keep busy and ride a bunch of wave because it gives you more opportunity to find the waves that will help you get scores,” Payne said. “I surfed against Brian (Toth) yesterday and it was a pretty low scoring heat, but it was good because it gave me more time in the line-up to get used to the wave. It must have helped because I felt pretty good out there.”
Jay Quinn (NZL) posted the biggest two-wave heat-total of the day, showing no signs of slowing down due to an injury to his knee from earlier in the event. Quinn who recently retired from competing full time to start a family seems to be in career best form and is now through to the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Quarterfinals.
“I said to myself before I paddled out that I needed to post some 8-point-rides,” Quinn said. “Then I went out there and got a couple of 8s and even a 9 so it’s nice. I had to have a couple of voltarens to numb the pain before the heat, but it seems to feel better surfing than when I’m walking which is a bonus. This would be one of my best starts to a competitive year, but I made the choice to start a family and spend more time at home so I’m not doing the full tour anymore. Being in the pointy end of the competition is just a bonus to get a bit of money and a seeding for the Australian events next year.”
Jay Quinn © ASP/Robertson
Dion Atkinson (AUS) suffered an horrific wipeout at the end of his Round of 16 heat against Jay Thompson (AUS), going over the falls on a solid wave, face first into his board that exploded in pieces under the weight of the wave. Atkinson said that he felt the board break under his face and chin, but that he was feeling okay other than some soreness and minor cuts and bruises.
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ROUND OF 24:
HEAT 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.74 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 11.54
HEAT 2: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 13.66 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 9.23
HEAT 3: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 13.50 def. Andrew Doheny (USA) 3.60
HEAT 4: Brian Toth (PRI) 13.43 def. Nathan Hedge (AUS) 8.83
HEAT 5: Jay Quinn (NZL) 13.83 def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 11.13
HEAT 6: Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.93 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 12.90
HEAT 7: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 15.16 def. Glenn Hall (IRE) 11.54
HEAT 8: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 15.73 def. Jean Da Silva (BRA) 11.50
ROUND OF 16:
HEAT 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.47 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.34
HEAT 2: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 11.60 def. Granger Larsen (HAW) 7.16
HEAT 3: Jay Thompson (AUS) 12.67 def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 9.00
HEAT 4: Dusty Payne (HAW) 16.34 def. Brian Toth (PRI) 7.24
HEAT 5: Jay Quinn (NZL) 18.20 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.74
HEAT 6: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.10 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.43
HEAT 7: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 12.33 def. Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 12.00
HEAT 8: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.77 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 14.67
UPCOMING MEN’S QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
QF 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY)
QF 2: Jay Thompson (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
QF 3: Jay Quinn (NZL) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
QF 4: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)