Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

Local Jack Robinson Will Be Wildcard at Margaret River Pro

Jack Robinson winning another heat, this time in the Quarterfinals. Jack Robinson - WSL / Kelly Cestari

Jack Robinson has been chosen as one of two wildcards for the upcoming Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. The 18-year-old competitor has been dominant in big Hawaiian waves and could be a huge spoiler in the event at his home break.

"I feel very privileged to be chosen," Robinson said. "I can't wait for the show to begin and I'm looking forward to competing on home turf."

Robinson's Big Game
Jack Robinson's technical tube-riding saw him top a field of Pipe specialists to win last year's Pipe Invitational. One can only guess how he'll fare in familiar waters.

Robinson has been competing in WSL Junior and Qualifying Series events for several years, but really started to turn heads with his performances at heavy-wave venues like Teahupo'o and Pipeline. In December, he competed alongside the Championship Tour's Top 34 after winning the Pipe Invitational, in which he took down a field of competitors that had home-break advantage.

Jack Robinson (AUS) finished first in his Round 3 heat. Jack Robinson at the 2015 Vans World Cup, en route to winning his Vans Triple Crown Rookie of the Year. - WSL / Laurent Masurel

Depending on the results of the local trials, Robinson will take on Gabriel Medina and rookie Davey Cathels or Adriano de Souza and Keanu Asing in Round 1. Either way he'll be facing a World Champ, but his no-holds-barred approach and local knowledge may give him an edge.

Watch Jack Robinson and the rest of the Top 34 at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro LIVE here and on the WSL app starting April 8 local time.