Semifinalists Decided At Drug Aware Sunset Beach Pro

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“It’s an awful wave,” I heard one voice say leading up to the 2015 Drug Aware Pro Margaret River. “It’s not tour-worthy,” cried another. “I’d rather let a group of seventeen Bangladeshi women tickle me until I bleed than surf there, ever.” That last one wasn’t actually spoken word — just a thought I had in passing — but was still a relevant, albeit obscure, sentiment as we headed towards Margaret River.

Then this happened.

After three days of running morning heats at The Box, the contest finally shifted to Main Break Margaret River for the entire day. Bummer, huh? Not really. A big swell was combed, gently, by a gracious wind and suddenly it looked like we were at Sunset Beach. Rounds 4, 5 and the Quarterfinals were held. Guys got barreled. Guys flaunted the best power surfing we’ve seen in a while. Guys comboed. And then we were left with four.

John John Florence and Nat Young in one Semi. Adriano de Souza and Taj Burrow in the next. It’d call them both crack-ahs, if I were an Australian webcast commentator. But I am not an Australian webcast commentator, so I’ll just call them good heats. And if I were a gambling man, I’d put my life savings of $73.69 on John John winning the event. But I am a gambling man, so if anybody has an Australian bank account please email me.

Oh, and Adriano de Souza will be the new ratings leader after this event. Thing is, Australia is historically kind to ADS so we’ll just have to wait and see if he can hoard his gold (jersey). Lord knows he wants it. —Brendan Buckley

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men's Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) 14.60, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.73, Michel Bourez (PYF) 6.77
Heat 2: Nat Young (USA) 16.93, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 7.90, Jay Davies (AUS) 7.83
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.17, Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.43, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.30
Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.17, Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.10, Owen Wright (AUS) 4.50

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men's Round 5 Results:
Heat 1: Jay Davies (AUS) 17.10 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.00
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.70 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.50
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 19.06 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 13.00
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.83 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.66

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men's Quarterfinal Results:
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) 17.87 def. Jay Davies (AUS) 13.84
Heat 2: Nat Young (USA) 14.60 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.23
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.27 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.67
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.73 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 9.96

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men's Semifinal Match-ups:
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Nat Young (USA)
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)