The 2021 Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro presented by Corona is days away from kicking off, and with a booming forecast looming, things are about to get really interesting in Western Australia. Current leaders Gabriel Medina and Carissa Moore are fronting the race to the WSL Finals, but with all kinds of movement on the WSL Leaderboard, the plot lines run deep. From bombing Main Break to kegging barrels at The Box, here's a sneak peek of what we may be in for when things get rolling at Margs:
Jack Robinson Heads Home
During the 2019 Margaret River Pro, the men's competition got moved over to The Box. This made for some pretty interesting heats, including the heat between local wildcard Jack Robinson and Brazilian Filipe Toledo in Round 4. The West Australian put on a fierce display of local knowledge, earning a heat total of 18.57 to eliminate Toledo. After a lackluster run in New South Wales, he's bound to be looking to make a statement back in his home waters.
Bring On The Swell
The official Surfline forecast is shaping up nicely for Margaret River. "Large to possible XL SW swell expected to open the event window Sunday and Monday, May 2nd-3rd Some uncertainty on wind for the 2nd, but the 3rd looks good to excellent at this time," reports forecaster Kevin Wallis. "Couple more rounds of solid surf possible the 5th-9th; wind likely trends onshore"
Moore Matches Power With Power
Sitting 143 miles south of Perth, Margaret River is a sturdy A-Frame that allows for powerful carves and drawn out bottom turns. Current World Number 1 Moore utilized lessons learned throughout her life in Hawaii to take on the open-water break, winning the event in both 2013 and 2014. She has been on a roll since the start of the season and with the wave suiting her strong, committed approach, it will be exciting to see what she brings to the table this year.
Florence's Effortless Ability At The Box
During the 2019 Margaret River Pro, John John Florence stood out with his deep, unflinching barrel riding abilities. The Western Australian slab perfectly suited his style, allowing himself to get slotted in some crazy, below-sea-level tubes during competition. His momentum from this session helped carry him to an authoritative event win.
Full Court Press
One of the most powerful surfers on the CT, Courtney Conlogue has a proven track record of success at Main Break. Coming off a solid run in New South Wales, culminating with a third-place finish at Narrabeen, she has to be one of the event favorites at Margaret River, especially given her love of big surf and the looming super-sized forecast.
Wide Open West Oz
With over thirty miles of raw, exposed coastline, Western Australia is open to receiving a wide variety of swells and winds to light up its breaks. Whether it is decided to run at Main Break or The Box, some world-class surfing is about to go down in one of the world's most classic surf destinations.