With more than 250 of the hottest surfers converging on the famed West Australian break for the 6-star prime-rated ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) event for Men and 5-star Women's event, the surfing which eventuated was of the highest calibre despite the difficult conditions
The women's action was equally as compelling with Alana Blanchard (HAW) carrying on her excellent early season form to advance to the next round.
Blanchard, who is currently second on the WQS women's ratings, was impressive in her Round One heat despite the difficult conditions.
"It was so tough out there. I couldn't hear a thing out there because it was so windy, but I am really happy to have gotten through," she said.
Boomerang Beach's Jess Hickson (NSW) was also in great form and has set up a meeting with teen sensation and current WQS leader Sally Fitzgibbons (NSW) and local Claire Bevilacqua (City Beach, WA) in Round Two.
Tomorrow heralds the increase of swell, with conditions forecast to reach death-defying sizes throughout the week, which will be sure to test the skills and courage of all surfers and be a great spectacle for all.
As well as intense action in the surf, Saturday, April 12 features a massive 'Party on the Point'. From 2.30pm, there is free entertainment overlooking the ocean at Surfers Point, with The Simon Kelly Band, Operation Beehive and The Remedials performing live on stage, plus vert ramp aerial demos by BMX rider Chris Jones and pro-skaters Darren Pryor and Cliffy.
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.
The final event of the GKA Kite-Surf season saw sparks fly on the water as Prea delivered four days of perfect strapless freestyle conditions and sensational action last week.