Top 5 Scoring Waves From Round 2 At Margaret River

#5 – Adriana De Souza – Heat 5 – 8.10

Most surf fans in The States griped when ADS won the tour 2 years ago. His stink bug stance, claims and repetitive lip bashings wasn’t exactly poetry in motion. Admittedly, we felt the same way until we heard a story that his older brother worked his ass off to save money to buy Adriano his first used surf board for $7.

I’m pretty sure that story is made up but anyway ADS didn’t grow up like Kolohe and should be respected. Here, ADS late drops on a big one, throws in a couple carves and finishes with his signature claim. Adriano took down his fellow countryman Jadson Andre in Round 2.

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#4 – Joel Parkinson – Heat 4 – 8.33

Do you think Parko gets tired of over slicing waves like a seasoned surgeon’s scalpel? I don’t think so. Here Joel, 2012 World Champ, shows his moves, with a clutch 8.33 to overtake rookie Leonardo Fioravanti.

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#3 Owen Wright – Heat 3 – 8.50

O-Dog casually tears this wave apart on his backhand, taking his time setting it up before unleashing on the end section. This guy is a year removed from a major head injury and is ripping harder than ever. He looks poised to go far here at Margaret River. He takes down rookie Zeke Lau with ease to move onto Round 3.

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#2 – Ethan Ewing – Round 2 – 8.60

Ethan Ewing is one of the most talented and stylish rookies to come on tour in a long time. His style is comparable to Andy Irons but honestly this 8.60 seems to be overscored. 3 turns, boring, except the first carve. I’ve done that last carve 100x and I’m a bald dude with a bum ankle. Santa Barbara legend Connor Coffin beat Ewing to advance despite the inflated 8.60.

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#1 Ace Buchan – Heat 9 – 8.83

Ace jams it on the first one and keeps his speed throughout the ride for an 8.83 vs Freddy Wap Morais. The second and third turn were the most critical and Ace kind of fluffed it on the end section but still advanced to Round 3 with an excellent score.

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Ewing With High Wave Score, Falls to Coffin

“It was eight feet and donging offshore this morning, so I saddled up with a bigger board,” said an elated Connor Coffin, who had just held off tour rookie, Ethan Ewing.

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Coffin appeared to be in control, at one point having young Ewing combo’ed, before the rookie began his move with an 8.6, the highest score of round two.

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With a style reminiscent of the late Andy Irons, Ethan “Patrick” Ewing is a favorite among the other tour surfers, as well as the announcers, who never fail to make the comparison to the World Champion from Kauai.

Seconds waning, Ewing forced Coffin’s hand, luring him into using his “Priority” and leaving enough time for hooter-beating heroics.  Fortunately, for Coffin, the Central coast native, Mother Ocean did not oblige the young rookie phenom.

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Onya pigs!

 

Finally Someone Gets Barreled

Big and soupy conditions out at Margaret’s River has these round two competitors doing their best spring cleaning routines with winding, sweeping turns — and it’s all impressive, but it’s not the greatest to spectate.  We’d all like some verticality and creativity, some spice…and some barrels.

It’s Josh Kerr who does his best to answer that call.

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It was sloppy and just barely large enough, but it was there and he struck while it was.  The power of Margaret’s River is put on full display at the end of that clip, as Kerr throws himself in between the colliding walls of white water.

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Kerr, above, tries again to find that cover, and does, but only for a fleeting moment before he’s shot out like a bullet from a gun, and then swallowed by the surging white water monster.