Michel Bourez displaying one of the powerful turns that won him the event. Photo: ASP
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, with both surfers searching for their first career ASP WCT wins. The bout would get off to a slow start, but Bourez would eventually light up two consecutive waves of 6.33 and 7.57 with his patented forehand power.- Finalists Michel Bourez and Josh Kerr would take to the water at the
Kerr would answer back, delivering a full fledged attack on the Main Break rights, but Bourez would continue to build momentum, adding an 8.33 to his scoreline to secure the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.
Michel Bourez would win the Final heat of the event with a combined total of 15.90, defeating Kerr's 12.44.
Final: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.90 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.44
Earlier in the contest, the opening Semifinal would see Australian flyboy Josh Kerr take on fellow countryman Bede Durbidge, with both Australians engaging in a seesaw battle for a spot in the final.
Kerr would take the early lead, logging a 5.50 and 8.83, for his signature forehand panache on the Main Break rights. Durbidge would slug his way back in to the heat compliments of his powerful approach, detonating a 7.07 and 7.80 of his own.
With just minutes remaining on the clock, Kerr would answer back once again, posting a 6.67 with a powerful game of his own, solidifying a slot in the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Final.
Josh Kerr. Photo: ASP
Margaret River's Main Break continued to deliver in Semifinal 2 as righthanders marched in for the bout between 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater and Tahitian powerhouse Michel Bourez.
Slater was dominant from the outset, blending a variety of impressive turns on a number of waves while Bourez struggled to find a rhythm.
In the dying minutes however, the momentum changed and the Tahitian lit up a righthander with Herculean power for a 9.37. The heat turned and Bourez was able to lock in his place in the final, where he went on to win the event.
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