Margaret River's Main Break delivers the first waves

April 8, 2016 | Surfing
Julian Wilson: hitting the lip at Margaret River's Main Break | Photo: Cestari/WSL

The Main Break delivered the first waves of the 2016 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, in Australia.

And yes, Matt Wilkinson has won his Round 1 heat against Stuart Kennedy, and Dusty Payne. The Championship Tour (CT) leader found two good waves and found the key to Round 3.

"This 6'1'' board is feeling really awesome, but I just buckled it on my last ride, which is a bummer, but I am stoked to win that heat. I've got some other boards so I should be okay. Hopefully, the lefts turn on a bit, and I can find some barrels and do some big open face carves," explained Wilkinson.

Adriano De Souza is also happy to win his inaugural heat at Margaret River. The 2015 world surfing champion sent Jacob Willcox and Keanu Asing to the repechage round.

"I am happy to get these nerves out of my system and come back to the place that gave me a lot of happiness in the past. Now I am trying to find my rhythm and see if I can go far through this contest," added De Souza.

Joel Parkinson used his air game to win his Round 1 against rookies Ryan Callinan and Conner Coffin. Parkinson revealed he had multiple ideas to make it through to the next round.

"I had about five different game plans going through my head and everything I tried to do, I did the opposite. It's one of those places where you have to adapt and surf to the conditions whatever way you can," concluded Parkinson.

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro 2016 | Round 1 Results:

Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.34, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.10, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 5.43
Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.10, Adam Melling (AUS) 15.47, Kai Otton (AUS) 12.06
Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.67, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 9.17, Dusty Payne (HAW) 7.60
Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.67, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.54, Jack Robinson (AUS) 9.70
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.70, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 12.27, Davey Cathels (AUS) 10.16
Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.10, Jacob Willcox (AUS) 12.40, Keanu Asing (HAW) 10.64
Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.14, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.04, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.13
Nat Young (USA) 15.93, Matt Banting (AUS) 15.53, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.60
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.84, Conner Coffin (USA) 11.26, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 10.50

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro 2016 | Round 1 Match-Ups

Kelly Slater (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
John John Florence (HAW), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Josh Kerr (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)

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