Day One Marked By Upsets At Drug Aware Pro

The opening day of the 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro on March 16th at Surfer’s Point was marked by a number of significant upsets.

The news article “First Day Full of Upsets on Day One at Drug Aware Margaret River Pro” has full details on this story. It says, “Two local youngsters upstaged their more fancied WCT rivals on the first day of surfing at the 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, as the World Championship Tour returned to Surfers Point. But the big news of the day came late as World Champion Joel Parkinson was eliminated in the final heat of the day, after fellow Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore also lost her opening round match up.”

The main break in Margaret River offered excellent conditions for the first day of the event. Solid six to eight foot sets rolled in throughout the day providing surfers with big clean walls to put aside powerful carves and turns.

The 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro sees the women’s event upgraded from an ASP 6-star rated tournament to become the second elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour competition for the 2013 season, whereas the men’s event is the first ASP PRIME rated tournament for 2013. Both men’s and women’s events offer huge prize money and points for the surfers pursuing men’s ASP WCT qualification and ASP Women’s World Titles.

Felicity Palmateer of Perth, who won the trials a day earlier, caused a huge upset when she beat reigning World Champion Stephanie Gilmore in Round 1. The victory sends Felicity right through to the third round, whereas Stephanie will have to face Peru’s Sofia Mulanovich in a sudden death second round heat.

Reigning Margaret River champ Courtney Conlogue won right through to Round 3 as she tried to create history at Surfer’s Point with three successive wins. Top seeds Carissa Moore from Hawaii and Aussie young guns Laura Enever, Sally Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright all progressed right past the Round 2 elimination heats.

After Round 1 of the Women’s WCT division was completed, calls were straight away made to move into the Men’s Round of 96.

Julian Wilson of Australia was first in the water and also the first to progress to the second round. Already accompanying him to the Round of 48 are top ranked WCT surfers Adam Melling (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA), Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Travis Logie (ZAF).

Margaret River local Jacob Willcox, the 15-year old benefiting from a wildcard entry, was probably one of the happiest persons in WA after defeating world number 4 Adriano De Souza of Brazil in a mid-afternoon heat.

The biggest upset of the day came when World Champion Joel Parkinson was eliminated in Round 1 following an interference call late in his heat. Parkinson wasn’t alone as brothers CJ and Damien Hobgood (USA), Kierren Perrow (AUS) and Willian Cardoso (BRA) were also eliminated in the early heats.

Keep visiting our website for more updates on the 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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