World champs headed to Margaret River
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro
ASP Prime Men's event
ASP Women’s World Championship Tour Event
Surfers Point, Margaret River Western Australia
16 - 24 March 2013
Strongest Field Ever Assembled for 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 February, 2013 : - - Newly crowned world number one’s Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore will headline an incredible field of the best surfing talent in the world at the 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. It is believed to be the first time ever that both the male and female ASP World Champions compete together at Surfers Point.
Event organisers are thrilled with the line-up in the men’s draw with entries closing earlier this week. The lowest ranked surfer in the men’s Round of 96 is currently ranked at 101. The strong lineup for the men is believed to be a direct result of the full reinstatement of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro back onto the World Championship Tour in 2014.
Parkinson tops a list that reads like the who’s who of Australian surfing, with Mick Fanning, Taj Burrow, Josh Kerr, Julian Wilson, Owen Wright, Adrian Buchan, Kieren Perrow, Bede Durbidge, Kai Otton, Matt Wilkinson, Adam Melling and Yadin Nichol all returning to Surfers Point.
They will be joined by defending Margaret River champion John John Florence, Brazilians Adriano De Souza, Alejo Muniz, Filipe Toldeo, Willian Cardoso, Heitor Alves and Wiggolly Dantas, American’s Damien and CJ Hobgood, Kolohe Andino, Brett Simpson, Nat Young and Patrick Gudauskas, South African’s Jordy Smith and Travis Logie, along with 2012 Vans Triple Crown winner Sebastian Zietz of Hawaii.
This year’s line-up of men’s talent is highlighted by the fact that De Souza, Smith, Muniz, Toledo and Pires all did not compete at Margaret River in 2012.
Whilst the men’s will remain an ASP Prime event this year allowing entry outside of the top 32 ranked males, the women’s will be a full blown World Tour event in 2013. As a result all of the Top 17 in the world will compete at Margaret River, headlined by Gilmore, who was inducted into Surfing Australia’s Hall of Fame this week.
The five times women’s ASP World Champion will face stiff competition in 2013 from a host of young guns snapping at her heels. The charge is expected to start with dual defending champion Courtney Conlogue, who will attempt history as she surfs for three Margaret River titles in a row. Conlogue will aim to match the feat achieved by local legend Melanie Redman-Carr who went back-to-back-to-back from 2000-2002.
The challenge for Conlogue will also come in the shape of Aussie starlets Sally Fitzgibbons, Tyler Wright and Laura Enever. The triumvate of talent will each be looking for their maiden win at Margaret River and a fast start to the 2013 WCT season as they each strive for their first world championship.
The addition of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro onto the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour for the Women has been met with unanimous support from the world’s best female surfers. Jessi Miley-Dyer, the ASP Women’s World Tour Manager summed up the thoughts of all of the leading surfers when asked for her comments.
“Personally, I'm really pleased to have a big, powerful reef break back on tour as it will provide the girls with a venue that tests the foundations of power surfing”, said Miley-Dyer. “I think everyone is going to be excited to see the Top 17 in some quality waves out at Surfers' Point and watching the new generation of young women do battle with the elements and one another”.
Source: Drug Aware Margaret River Pro
Author: Jason Dover
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