Taj Burrow: experience pays off | Photo: Cestari/WSL

John John Florence, Nat Young, Taj Burrow and Adriano de Souza are the semifinalists of the 2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

The surprise of the whole event, Jay Davies, resisted until the quarterfinals, and only an in-form John John managed to put the wildcard out of competition, with a total heat score of 17.87 points.

"I was so nervous because Jay is such a good surfer. I've had the pleasure of surfing against him a few times in the past and especially in these kinds of waves he's such a strong surfer," underlined Florence.

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Gabriel Medina: one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine | Photo: Miller/Red Bull

Gabriel Medina has been considered one of "The 100 Most Influential People" by Time Magazine.

The 2014 world surfing champion has been included in the "Icons" category by the prestigious US news magazine. Medina is the first ever Brazilian surfer to conquer a world title.

"He showed that his ascendant nation was now a serious player in a sport that is taking off around the world," writes Sean Gregory, senior writer at Time Magazine.

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John John Florence: does he look scared? | Photo: Cestari/WSL

Kelly Slater scored a Perfect 10, and Jay Davies eliminated Mick Fanning. The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro 2015 couldn't be crazier.

Local wildcard Jay Davies is living the best days of his professional career. After eliminating Gabriel Medina, the fearless Australian sent the ratings leader Mick Fanning home with a 16.83 two-wave heat total in Round 3.

"That was just so fun, every bit of it. On that wave I just really had to forget about all the other heats I've surfed out here where I've pulled back and put my head down. It was the steepest take-off and I just wanted to give it everything I had. I thought I was going to come off but luckily I didn't," said Davies.

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