Another fantastic day in paradise with 6 feet pumping waves all day providing epic conditions for the Nias Pro QS3000 as surfers completed 20 heats to close out Rounds 1 and 2.
Micah Margieson from Australia's Gold Coast is an 18-year-old emerging talent and his presence here was significant because his father Brendan actually won the first-ever Nias Pro way back in 1996. At the time Brendan was an incredibly respected competitive and free surfer who featured in surf magazine and video releases globally. And, like father like son, Micah relished the great waves at Nias today posting a strong Round 2 heat win.
"I asked dad for some advice on how to surf the wave best but he really couldn't help me too much as he said the wave has changed a lot since he was here and won the event," exclaimed Margieson who displays the same friendly easy-going nature of his dad along with the powerful precision style in the water.
"I'm choosing events carefully this year just to feel my way on the QS and looking more seriously at next year. When I saw this event as a 3000 I could not resist it and I'm super stoked to be here, It's amazing."
Brendan Margieson was highlighting the change in this classic wave since 1996. The earthquake in this region in 2004 actually altered the reef and fortunately for everyone, it made it better! While the wave has always been incredible when 6 feet and bigger, since the earthquake the 3 feet plus days are also of a much higher standard than they were.
Other standouts today included, Indonesia's Meydi Bronson (IND) he scored a 9.1 for an epic barrel ride, Tully Wiley (AUS) who posted an excellent score in his impressive Round 2 heat win along with numerous local Nias surfers who are super hard to beat on their home wave.
Of course, the forecast for tomorrow is fantastic and we'll be off and running at first light with perfect surf! Top seeds enter the water tomorrow and they can't wait having watched two days already of choice waves.