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.

"So going out there to Main Break like that with those big open rights I was definitely pretty nervous. It took me a couple of waves to get going, but it was a really fun heat. I was stoked we were able to get back-to-back waves like that."

Nat Young and Michel Bourez repeated the 2014 match-up. This time, the surfer from Santa Cruz came out on top with two seven-point rides. Young will ride against Florence in the semifinals.

"It definitely seems like the swell is picking up a bit. The wind is coming up too so it's difficult, but it's a pretty awesome day; it couldn't get much better. Last year Michel and I stayed together and met in the quarterfinals so it's great to get him back this year," said Nat Young.

Taj Burrow keeps his dreams alive after defeating a fellow Australian with a solid display of experience and wave management. Julian Wilson surfed well, but Burrow was clearly superior.

"I'm so excited to be at this event and into the semis. I'm really proud of this area and to have great waves and weather and have the guys all putting on a show has been unreal. I don't feel any pressure to perform; it's the opposite I just go out to surf good waves and have fun and if the results come then that's just a bonus," expressed Burrow.

Adriano de Souza dominated the clash against Kelly Slater, who broke his board in a huge set, at the half-way mark. In the last five years, the Brazilian only lost to the American once.

"It's been wonderful at Main Break and huge at The Box, and I've survived all these conditions and I'm so happy and proud with what I've done so far. I'm going to refill my energy and my focus again ready for the Semifinals because I'm competing against a local," revealed De Souza.

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro 2015 | Quarterfinal Results

John John Florence (HAW) 17.87 def. Jay Davies (AUS) 13.84
Nat Young (USA) 14.60 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.23
Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.27 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.67
Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.73 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 9.96

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro 2015 | Semifinal Match-ups

John John Florence (HAW) vs. Nat Young (USA)
Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)