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Fantasy Friday looms with epic surf predictions for Margaret River
As competition rolls through the fourth day of heats at the Drug Aware Pro Margaret River presented by O’Neill, the eyes of the surfing world are focused on Surfers Point for what could be the biggest and best waves seen in competition surf in Australia.
In what has affectionately been dubbed “Fantasy Friday” by Event Director Tim Thirsk, the forecast puts swell predictions for tomorrow as high as 12-15 feet.
“All indications are that we could be in for one of the biggest days on record for an Australian competition,” he said.
“We’re talking serious size, somewhere in the 3-4-metre-plus range, with ideal off-shore winds.
“It is sure to be an epic day, and surfers are eagerly sourcing bigger boards and better equipment to be able to cope with the sheer power of the surf expected.”
Local hopes alive
Local wildcard entrant Laura Macaulay (Gracetown, WA) was in blistering form on Day 4.
Macaulay, who recently celebrated her 16th birthday, carried on in her famous father’s footsteps, winning through to the next round of the women’s competition.
She won her heat convincingly, posting an 11.50 result against second-placed Sayuri Hashimoto from Japan (6.74).
Her father, Dave Macaulay, winner of the Margaret River contest in 1989 and former two-time World No. 3, also competed in the lead-up trial competition earlier in the week.
"I'm just so stoked to have gotten through that heat and to be competing against all these awesome surfers," Laura said.
"Dad just told me to paddle hard and do my best. So I'm pretty happy with my overall result and am looking forward to the rest of the event."
The pair created Australian surfing history this week, when, for the first time in Australia, a former ASP World Tour surfer father and his child competed in the same event.
“I’m looking forward to the waves during the rest of the week. It great surfing out there when Margarets gets really big.”
“I’m just so proud of her,” Dave said. “I’m sure she will do her best.”
Major sponsors of the 2008 Drug Aware Pro Margaret River include Healthway / Drug Aware, EventsCorp and O'Neill. Support sponsors include SupaShake by Brownes, Nova 93.7, Department of Sport & Recreation, Surftech Australia, Odyssey 2020, The Sunday Times, Margarets Beach Resort, Leeuwin Estate, Corona, Pump Water, MR Law, Tracks Magazine, Shire of Augusta Margaret River, Tracks, Surfersvillage.com, Surfing WA and ASP Australasia.