The Box Loves You


All Photos: Damea Dorsey

Surf media has a bad attention span and an even worse memory. I’m part of that problem and nah, not sorry. I’m not sorry because just like that, all the memories of boring heats from earlier in the year have faded into blackness. So what if the Rip Curl and Quik Pro didn’t get the waves they dreamt of? Bells was like three Internet Years ago and Snapper was at least quarter-century. Now we’re at Margaret River. Look at it!

And when I say Margaret River, I mean The Box. That’s important.

It’s important because last year, when the Drug Aware Pro bluffed it’s way onto the World Championship Tour, it did so flaunting the possibility of running at The Box. It was kind of like the unpopular kid in middle school who gets everyone to come to his house cause he’s got a pool with a diving board. You end up going and just sitting in his lair playing Crash Bandicoot — Crash fucking Bandicoot — in your painfully dry boardshorts while that pool water remains eerily still. Besides for a few novelty heats at Box last year, Main Break Margaret River was the bread, the butter and the Crash Bandicoot.

This year, though, things have changed. The Box is the focus and yeah, I get it, that sounds perverted. But it is and a lot of that is thanks to Commissioner Kieren Perrow. Kieren is a tube hound of all tube hounds and if it was his tour, every event would be probably be at a righthand slab — P-Pass Invitational sounds nice, doesn’t it KP? Just maybe not to Gabriel Medina.

Or Filipe Toledo. Both of them lost in Round 2 today and the taste of last place probably feels awfully bitter on their tongues. Gabriel, because he’s defending his first of what could very well be many World Titles. Filipe, because he put himself in a great position to chase his first — again, of what could be many — World Title this year. A 25th place doesn’t help either of the young Brazilians, but they can eat the result as a throwaway and it’s only onwards an upwards from here (or whatever you’re supposed to say in post-heat interviews).

The day’s gold stars go to Jay Davies, Adraino de Souza, Ricardo Christie and Owen Wright. Jay because he took down Gabe as a wildcard, Adriano because did you see his 9.8?, Ricardo because he won his first heat of the year and Owen Wright because perfection. Wear ’em proud, boys.

Round 2 finished with three heats at chunky Main Break. It wasn’t quite as big as yesterday, so nobody won an XXL Award. Not even Kai Otton or his 16.83 heat total. And as for tomorrow? Well, you ever seen that movie Groundhog’s Day? —Brendan Buckley

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Jay Davies (AUS) 15.17 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 7.67
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.90 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 11.33
Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.33 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 4.83
Heat 4: Ricardo Christie (NZL) 13.26 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.07
Heat 5: Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.67 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 7.17
Heat 6: Owen Wright (AUS) 18.50 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.90
Heat 7: Nat Young (USA) 11.50 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 2.43
Heat 8: Glenn Hall (IRL) 5.44 vs. Kolohe Andino (USA) 4.90
Heat 9: Adam Melling (AUS) 7.53 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 5.47
Heat 10: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.26 vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 11.66
Heat 11: Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.83 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 7.17
Heat 12: Kai Otton (AUS) 16.83 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.07

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Round 3 Match-ups:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 5: Nat Young (USA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Jay Davies (AUS)
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA) va. Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Freddy Patacchia Jr. (HAW)
Heat 10: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Heat 11: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 12: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)