A massive storm system out of the Antarctic is generating 20-foot-plus waves for Day 1 of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro where the world’s best surfers – Kelly Slater (USA), Carissa Moore (HAW), Mick Fanning (AUS), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Gabriel Medina (BRA), John John Florence (HAW), etc. – will do battle for Stop No. 3 of the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour.
“Our events don’t run on a set schedule,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “They’re governed by the wind and tide, by swell systems thousands of miles away. When we’re on, it’s a happening. The swell system approaching the opening days of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is very special. We are looking at very large surf with excellent winds. We have two wave options in both Margaret River Main Break and The Box for the world’s best to utilize during the event. We anticipate a great event. Good luck to all our competitors.”
Surfline, official forecaster for the WSL, are tracking pair of significant SW groundswells for the opening few days of the waiting period.
Very solid, back to back SW groundswells prevail on Wednesday and Thursday, easing a bit on Friday. Another very strong SSW groundswell looks possible for Saturday, and could be even larger than the surf for Wed/Thur. Morning wind conditions look favorable for the next few days, with some periods of side or onshore flow in the afternoons.
WEDNESDAY 15th: Very solid SW groundswell (240-220 degrees).
Swell/Surf: 12-20’+ faces with occasional larger sets. Very strong surf all day, but with a slight building trend from early morning to early afternoon.
Wind/Weather: E/ESE wind 6-10kts in the morning, with a little leftover bump/morning sickness possible early from today’s southerly wind. Wind trends to SE late morning and eventually SSE flow builds over the afternoon 10-14kts.
THURSDAY 16th: Very strong SW swell (235-215 degrees)
Swell/Surf: Very similar size to Wednesday, with a rebuilding trend into the afternoon with continued 12-20’+ faces and some occasional larger sets.
Wind/Weather: E wind 5-10kts through the morning, trending to light/variable wind mid day before rising SSE/S flow later afternoon 8-12kts.
FRIDAY 17th: Strong SW swell (235-215 degrees)
Swell/Surf: Strongest in the morning, with an easing trend through the day. Still solid 10-15’+ faces, with some 18’+ bombs very possible in the morning.
Wind/Weather: Light E wind in the morning, trending to onshore SW flow by the afternoon 8-10kts+.
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Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Jadson Andre (BRA), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Freddy Patacchia Jr. (HAW), Alejo Muinz (BRA)
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Jay Davies (AUS)
Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 8: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 10: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF), Nat Young (USA), Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Heat 12: Owen Wright (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS), Matt Banting (AUS)
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA), Johanne Defay (FRA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 5: Tyler Wright (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA), Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 6: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Malia Manuel (HAW), Dimity Stoyle (AUS)