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Excitement swells for Margaret River Pro trial as world’s best surfers arrive in WA

WITH less than two days to go until the Margaret River Pro, surfers are already descending on the South West town for Tuesday’s trials event.

The world’s best surfers, including champions Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater and Stephanie Gilmore, will be taking to the waves from Wednesday.

But starting on Tuesday is a trials event to determine which two athletes will join the World Surfing League top 34 and top 17 to complete the field for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

Competing for the remaining spot in the men’s draw are nine WA surfers and eight regional female athletes.

                       World Champion Gabriel Medina takes to the air during a warm up surf. Picture: Jason Sammon

The Margaret River Pro is the third leg of the WSL Championship Tour.

The competition regained women’s championship status in 2013 and men’s in 2014, but the event has been running for more than 30 years.

Defending men’s champion Gabriel Medina is currently sitting ninth on the table after finishing fifth at Bells Beach.

The Brazilian is hoping to better his 2014 quarterfinal finish at Margaret River this time around.

“Margaret River is such a good wave and I think it’s better than Bells Beach so I’m looking for a good result over there,” Medina said.

“There’s only been two events so far and after a good result in Bells I hope that continues and I can fight for the title at the end of the year.”


World Champion Kelly Slater enjoys a freesurf. Picture: Jason Sammon


Hawaiian Carissa Moore won in Margaret River in 2014 and is working for back-to-back wins after taking out the Gold Coast and Bells Beach events already.

“The forecast looks crazy, like it’s going to be pretty big so that will be a new challenge too,” she said.

“I’ve never surfed the box so if we are called on over there I’ll be a little scared but I’ll give it my best shot.”

The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro will be held from April 15 to 26 and can be watched lived at WorldSurfLeague.com.


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