- 22 March 2013 | Surfing
The 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro has entered the exciting finals with solid four-foot range (1.5 meters) waves, at Surfer's Point, Australia.
Stephanie Gilmore, reigning five-time world champion, advanced into the Semifinals after defeating Courtney Conlogue. The Autralian was able to find the right waves and link together multiple explosive turns to earn the biggest scores of the heat and advance.
"It was a blessing the conditions changed and I could kind of sneak around and pick the inside ones. I've already matched my result from the first event of the year, hopefully I can go one better and make the Final", expressed Gilmore.
Sally Fitzgibbons was the standout performer in this morning's Quarterfinals with a dominant win over Hawaiian Alana Blanchard.
"I haven't been paying too much attention to who's been getting through the heats, you kind of expect the big seeds to still be standing at this point of the event", Fitzgibbons said.
Kolohe Andino launched big turns and critical aerials, celebrating a heat win over Julian Wilson, Chris Friend and Gabe Kling.
"When I was younger I'd just try and catch a bunch of waves and it usually worked, so I just tried to do that. It's my birthday so I just wanted to catch waves and keep it fun and light spirited", tells Andino.
It's Round of 24 time. Granger Larsen, Adriano De Souza and Marc Lacomare are also ready for the next challenges, at Margaret River.
Lacomare took out the most entertaining and in some ways the most bizarre heat of the day. Filipe Toledo was holding onto a comfortable lead with only a few minutes left in the heat, when Lacomare paddled for a wave and was cut off by Toledo who was then penalised with an interference and lost half of his second score as a result.
Lacomare saw his chance, seized two waves in the last five minutes and scored a massive 9.20 and 8.43 to take the heat win.
"I feel really good because I had a really slow start to the heat. We both went on the same wave and I fell off. I didn't know who would get the interference because they have been happening all event", explains Marc Lacomare.
"Then I came back with a couple of big scores and I'm really happy to win the heat. I saw that last wave coming and I said to myself 'this is it' and I got the score to win. I'm very happy".
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Carissa Moore (HAW)
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
Men's Round of 24:
Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Jay Quinn (NZL)
Marc Lacomare (FRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) vs. Glenn Hall (IRE) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Jean Da Silva (BRA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)