More West Aus Gold

Monday, April 03, 2017

Owen, bottom turning around half the Indian Ocean to power straight into Margies Pro finals day. Photo WSL / Matt Dunbar

With so much energy in the water on Saturday, O went with one of his biggest boards in his WA quiver - a Forget Me Not round pin step up, 6'8" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 31.1L (with a 6'10" on hand as backup!). Clip Peter King

From huge carves out the back to critical tail drifts on the tricky inside section, O's backhand went into overdrive all weekend. Photo Ryan Miller

Joel, making sure he doesn't bring a knife to a gun fight. Forget Me Not round pin step up, 6'6" x 18 7/8" x 2 7/16" x 30.5L (he's 6'0" / 83kg). Photo Ryan Miller 

After smashing his first heat at Main Break (above), Joel lost a tough one to Jeremy in round three. Luckily, WA's full of consolation prizes. Photo Ryan Miller

Parko, stuffed inside one of the southwest's more treacherous consolation prizes - The Box. With the playing field and wave height being a fraction of Main Break, Joel went back down to his standard Monsta 6 shortboard out here - 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L. Photo Ryan Miller

Jeremy's rail game was helping him nail high scores all over the place, and JS was just as stoked as he was. Dream team! Throughout the bigger days at Margies, Jezza went with a Monsta 6 round tail step up - 6'2" x 18 1/4" x 2 5/16" x 26.5L (he's 5'9" / 68kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Jezza's money turn from the weekend - big laybacks in big sections. Photo Ryan Miller

Sally's put in plenty of hours at Main Break both before and during the event window, and it's starting to show. After riding 6'1"s and 6'2"s on the biggest days earlier on, she's settled on the following slight step ups for the last few rounds - Monsta 6 round tail 5'10" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 23L,  and Forget Me Not round pin 5'11" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 23L (she's 5'7" / 57kg). Photo Ryan Miller 

Sal, slicing her way to the semis and a 9.73 - the highest scoring wave of the women's event so far. Photo Ryan Miller

Julian, getting ready for what would be one of the performances of the event so far in round two. After using his Snapper shortboards at North Point, Jules stepped it up to a Forget Me Not round pin for Main Break - 6'4" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 29.6L (he's 6'0" / 80kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Jules, all commitment. Photo Ryan Miller

Give J-Dub some room to move, and you'll probably see some of the best rail work of the year. Laying deep tracks on that same Forget Me Not, on the way through to round four with Owen. Photo Ryan Miller

While he didn't get a wildcard or entry to the trials, Mikey's been scoring all over the south-west during the Margies waiting period. Along with throwing some of the biggest airs anyone's seen so far this year, he's also done his fair share of this - dodging the guillotine at The Box. At 6'0" / 78kg, Mikey rides a 6'1" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L Monsta 6 round tail. Photo Trevor Moran

With plenty of free surfing gold in the bank and no injuries, this year's WA strike mission was definitely a success for Mikey. Back on his regular Monsta 6 shortboard, 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L. Photo Trevor Moran 

Our young gun Caleb, driving through a chunky one during his first ever surf at The Box. After growing a lot in the last few months, Caleb's now 5'5" / 50kg, and rides his 5'6" x 17 1/8" x 2 1/16" x 20.4L Monsta 6 Youth in everything from smaller, rippable days to sessions like this. Photo Trevor Moran 

Jack Robbo's been another entertaining sideshow around the main event, and he's also the guy half the top 32 took their line-up markers from at North Point. Here's Robbo, casual as ever, setting up another one at The Box. At 5'10" / 70kg, he rides a 5'10" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.8L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran