Margaret River Pro

Discussion in 'Global Surf Talk' started by Caroline Campbell, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. Caroline Campbell

    Caroline Campbell Well-Known Member

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    Sep 19, 2014
    For the members who watch the contests, any thoughts on this event?

    Who will win & who will bomb?

    I missed the first half of the tour last year so is this like the big wave event in AUS? Hoping to see something more exciting than Snapper & Bells.
     
  2. juliaep

    juliaep Well-Known Member

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    Aug 18, 2011
    I don't know much about the event itself, but it will be interesting to see if John John Florence can keep himself in the competition as well as Slater. Mick Fanning is fun to watch and I like Nat Young, too. I'm hoping he wins it.

    As for the women surfers, I like Courtney Conlogue. She really goes for it and is very competitive. Stephanie Gilmoure is a graceful surfer and fun to watch as well. There forecasting big waves so it should be exciting.
     

  3. waterbaby

    waterbaby Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I hope it's as big as forecast...might weed out some that get by mostly on their air game.
     
  4. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    word.I only watch the contests when its pumping and someone good is in the water.snapper was a joke,bells was a joke.its not worth watching when the allegedly worlds best are surfing it out in 2ft shorebreak with scores in 5 pt range.they need to extend their waiting period.its more about commercialism than the sport itself.sponsors could care less if its 2 ft or 15ft,aslong as everyone is rocking their gear
     
  5. Big Wet Monster

    Big Wet Monster Well-Known Member

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    Feb 4, 2010
    Last year they ran at the box which was a first. I heard swell is on tap and should start tomorrow. I am guessing it will be way more fun to watch than the first 2 contests.
     
  6. Big Wet Monster

    Big Wet Monster Well-Known Member

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    Feb 4, 2010
    Mick is pi$$ed and looking for a win this year. He has the eye of the tiger. Rawr. Not my favorite surfer but I watch and analyze these dudes for fun and to compete in my fantasy surfer club. He's looking good and surprisingly, JJF is not producing so far. Kelly is a bit iffy this year too. I don;t think he's as interested as he used to be. And F Gabby- canoe made of douche
     
  7. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    I'll watch the contests if I got nothing else going on or if it's pumping. Looks like it'll be pumping so I'll be watching. Im looking forward to seeing Mick, John John, Dusty, and Nat for this stop. I don't really keep up in between contests but last I heard they were expecting to run on the opening day of the waiting period.

    And man! Eff longer waiting periods, what they need to do is use a general area, not a specific beach. Than when the contest comes up you check the forecasts, decide where has the best chance of waves when, and plan the contest accordingly. Obviously that general area can't be that large, but you can atleast hit diffrent spots at diffrent tides/wind directions for the best bet. That's such a huge part of surfing, no? Why not incorporate it into the contests
     
  8. waterbaby

    waterbaby Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I'd imagine it has to do with setup. There's a ton of scaffolding, building, video cranes, etc at all the pro venues...can't just pick that up and move it around the bend. In flat spells, they do sometimes move (basically just people and hand held cameras) to nearby spots, but video perspective is compromised...and I'm guessing sponsor exposure is, too.

    Thing is, waiting periods usually work (bells was sloppy, but a couple of those days were doh). Most world class spots are extremely consistent...especially at the times of the year they scheduled the tour to stop there. For instance, in norcal (santa cruz, ocean beach, etc), the chances of getting decent swell within any given week in fall through spring is about 95%...even summer is usually contestable at least once a week at south facing beaches.
     
  9. mrcoop

    mrcoop Well-Known Member

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    Jun 22, 2010
    Let's go kelly...surf could be very large...may favor mr slater.
     
  10. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    wow...NOAA Wave Watch 3 model is forecasting 8-10 feet of swell @ 14-16 seconds period for pretty much the first 5 days of the waiting period. That could be DOH+ every day!
     
  11. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    That's a good point waterbaby, didn't think of all that stuff that gets setup on the beach. I could see that being an issue. Especially because I didn't mean just going around the bend. I meant it like this. For example they did that contest on LI out in longbeach. There staying within a few minutes of that. In the general area I suggested Jersey would be included as well as all of LI. The potential for scoring the best waves would be much higher. And there's deffinitly ways around the distance issue. A week out you look at forecasts and choose a set spot like they do now. If they go on long periods of lay days, relocating an hour or two away would be possible.

    I guess now that I think of it a long waiting period would be the easier fix haha. Would be cool to see them change it up though
     
  12. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    advantage JJF.
     
  13. Caroline Campbell

    Caroline Campbell Well-Known Member

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    Sep 19, 2014
    I'm hoping John John does well too, we haven't seen much of him this year and I'm hoping he can get the WT. I really think he deserves it. I like Mick as well, he seems like a cool dude out of the water too which I like :)

    For the women's I'm a fan of Courtney Conlogue too I can totally see her winning a WT. Maybe not this year because Steph & Carissa are on fire but hopefully in the future.

    I'm a big Lakey Peterson fan so I always root for her too!
     
  14. Caroline Campbell

    Caroline Campbell Well-Known Member

    190
    Sep 19, 2014
    Ah me too! I still haven't picked my teams for this event! I need some insight haha. I think I'm going to give JJF the benefit of the doubt ONE last time & hope he scores this time. Other than that I'm just so not sure..

    Like what about Julian Wilson, Kolohe, & Dusty. I feel like they could do well in larger waves but I'm not sure what type of waves they're even going to have cause so far on this tour the last two events were a bust.

    2 hours left to commit! :eek:
     
  15. JohnnyCornstarch

    JohnnyCornstarch Well-Known Member

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    Feb 24, 2015
    Mick, Joel,and Kelly will thrive in these conditions. I'm leaving out Toledo since he like's to make his living off of boosting airs on 3 footers. Nat young is up there in my lineup too, he was looking pretty solid last contest.
     
  16. Scobeyville

    Scobeyville Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2009
    So they'll run it on the 6 day? I really hope they get it good, it's been a boring year thus far. Barely watched two heats from bells. And didn't even bother with snapper
     
  17. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    maybe the ockers will redeem themselves.
     
  18. ukelelesurf

    ukelelesurf Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2007
    Toldeo is insane on airs no doubt but he charges too although he has yet to win or place high in big waves. He was charging at the box last year.....Andre is another off the radar guy who will be charging. Otton and Durbidge will likely do well too. Forget about Jordy. Guy has the most potential but never pulls it together! Inertia just put up a crazy vid of Taj charging in West Oz
     
  19. juliaep

    juliaep Well-Known Member

    279
    Aug 18, 2011
    Explain the waiting period idea. I don't understand why they're not out surfing if the waves are good. Why do they have a waiting period?
     
  20. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    for when the waves are not good.
    which, in that part of the world, is usually more about the wind and its direction/intensity.
    lots of ocean there; great place to lose a plane.