- WSL / Kelly Cestari
- WSL / Kelly Cestari
Highlights: Day Two at Margaret River
A dramatic day both in and out of the water at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

Saturday began as an emotional one at Margaret River. Before the first horn blew Taj Burrow announced his CT retirement plans on the morning show, the gist of which amounts to him throwing a good size farewell party in Fiji this year. The 37-year-old has been a central figure on the elite tour for more than 18 years, and though his smile is still beaming as big and bright as ever, he's happiest at home now with his new family.

Taj's Career Call
Taj Burrow talks about what factored into his decision to jump off the world tour for good after the Fiji Pro after 18 years of competing.

That time marches on isn't news. But Taj, like Kelly Slater, seemed not to be affected by it...until recently. The latest injection of tour talent has exposed kinks in the armor of kings. Last year Taj fell out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2001. Today, Kelly Slater went 0-2 during his heats, losing a close one to Kolohe Andino in the morning, and a not-so close one to Italian Leonardo Fioravanti in Round Two. Three events in, Kelly Slater has a single heat win on the season...against a wildcard at Bells.

Heat of the Day
Get the play-by-play from the heat of the day so far at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

Meanwhile, there's a ton of fresh-faced talent making inroads this year, as well as a number of young veterans gaining traction as doors fly open. Round Two saw plenty of both...

Kolohe Andino winning his Round One heat. Kolohe Andino - WSL / Ed Sloane

Kolohe Andino stuck to his guns in his Round One match against Kelly Slater and Miguel Pupo. Andino's early exit at Bells seemed a distant memory.

Jack Robinson during Round Two at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia. He would end up falling to Dantas. Jack Robinson - WSL / Kelly Cestari

Wildcard Jack Robinson fell short in his bid to play spoiler at Margaret River. He lost to an in-form Wiggolly Dantas, but not before putting his tube prowess on display.

Wiggolly's Winner
The Brazilian makes mince meat of a solid wave in his Round Two heat at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.
Jeremy Flores of France winning his Round Two heat. Jeremy Flores - WSL / Ed Sloane

Jeremy Flores has been looking crisp so far, and won a tight battle with last year's powerhouse wildcard Jay Davies.

Jordy Smith winning his Round Two heat at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. Jordy Smith - WSL / Ed Sloane

Jordy Smith put on a powerful performance in the bumpy conditions, seemingly unfazed by the elements that were creating drama for his competitors.

Leonardo Fioravanti took down 11-time World Champ at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. He was surfing in the event as an injury replacement. Leonardo Fioravanti - WSL / Kelly Cestari

They'll be raging in Rome on Saturday morning, when news of Leonardo Fioravanti's victory over Kelly Slater hits Italian shores.

Adrian Buchan winning his Round Two heat. Ace Buchan - WSL / Kelly Cestari

If Matty Wilko can come from nowhere to win back-to-back, it sort of begs the question...why can't Buchan? He might be thinking the same thing.

Adam Melling during his Round Two heat. Adam Melling - WSL / Ed Sloane

Adam Melling is one of the most highly talented surfers on tour who rarely gets the close calls to go his way. Today was a different story. He brought Conner Coffin back to earth just a bit.

Caio Ibelli during his Round Two heat. Caio Ibelli - WSL / Ed Sloane

Rookie Caio Ibelli is gaining fans with each passing day on tour. His violent attack on the wind-driven rights today was pace setting.

John John Florence of Hawaii winning his Round One heat with a pair of 9-point rides at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia. John John Florence - WSL / Ed Sloane

John John Florence has been lighting things up in and out of his jersey at Margaret River. He ripped his way into Round Three with a textbook performance on Saturday.

Alejo Muniz winning his Round Two heat. Alejo Muniz - WSL / Ed Sloane

Alejo Muniz returned to action for the first time since being injured in October of last year. He celebrated with a heat win.

Matt Banting during Round Two. Matt Banting - WSL / Kelly Cestari

Matt Banting got a much-needed win during a close heat with Stuart Kennedy in Round Two. Banting used the wind to his advantage while taking to the air.

Stu Kennedy was eliminated in Round Two. Stuart Kennedy - WSL / Kelly Cestari

Stuart Kennedy was surfing incredibly well during his match with Banting, but a couple ill-timed tumbles cost him the heat, and handed him his first early-loss of the season.

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