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Wed, 11 April 2018

The opening day of the Margaret River Pro has been called off due to onshore winds and small swell for today and tomorrow, but waves due from Friday 13 ... not like this though!

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OPPOSITE OF THIS: Mick Corbett at the Cow Bombie near Margie River. Photo James Scott

"We have a bit of a messy swell and unfavorable winds, so we’ve decided to hold off on starting the competition today and tomorrow, said WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow.

"We have a large swell approaching Friday into Saturday, and then no shortage of residual swell in the following days. Knowing this, we can hold and make another call once that swell has arrived. For now, we will wait for the waves and update the call on Friday morning."

Event organizers will reassess the conditions and make the next call on Friday morning. Margaret River is seven hours ahead of South Africa at the moment

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WRIGHT STUFF: Mikey Wright upset John John on the Gold Coast. Photo WSL / Sloane

John John Florence (HAW) matches up against rookie Wade Carmichael (AUS) and event wildcard Mikey Wright (AUS). This will be a rematch for Florence and Wright, who gained the upper hand on the Gold Coast earlier this season. Six-time WSL Champion and current Jeep Leader, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), will take on an in-form Keely Andrew (AUS), and Drug Aware WA Trials winner and local favorite, Mikaela Greene (AUS), in Heat 3 of Round 1.

Current World #1 Italo Ferreira (BRA) will don the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey for the first time when he takes on former Margaret River Pro winner Sebastian Zietz (HAW) and Michael Rodrigues (BRA) in Heat 10 of the opening round. Equal Jeep Leader Julian Wilson (AUS) hopes for redemption after a poor result at Bells as he gets his Margaret River Pro campaign underway against rookie Jesse Mendes (BRA) and Trials winner Dave Delroy-Carr (AUS).

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SLASH BACK: Stephanie Gilmore takes on Keely Andrew & Mikaela Greene Photo WSL / Cestari

The Surfline forecast is for decreasing SW swell and onshore wind for the first two days, but a solid SW swell pushes in on Friday to Saturday, although wind looks dicier for Friday now, with improving wind for the first half of Saturday. Fading surf but favorable wind likely for Sunday to Monday, with a mid-size SW swell and favorable wind possible Tuesday to Wednesday, with larger WSW swell feasible for the end of next week.

Margaret River Men’s Pro Round 1 Matchups
 Heat 1: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Tomas Hermes (BRA), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW), Wade Carmichael (AUS), Mikey Wright (AUS)
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Joan Duru (FRA), Kael Walsh (AUS)
Heat 6: Julian Wilson (AUS), Jesse Mendes (BRA), Dave Delroy-Carr (AUS)
Heat 7: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Conner Coffin (USA), Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Yago Dora (BRA)
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 10: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
Heat 11: Kolohe Andino (USA), Frederico Morais (PRT), Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

Margaret River Women’s Pro Round 1 Matchups
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA), Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Keely Andrew (AUS), Mikaela Greene (AUS)
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA), Caroline Marks (USA), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 5: Tyler Wright (AUS), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 6: Johanne Defay (FRA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW)

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