13 April, 2014 13 April, 2014

Michel Bourez Wins Drug Aware Pro


Michel Bourez has clinched the 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro title by defeating Josh Kerr in the final. Victory in Western Australia moves the Tahitian up to 4th in the Dream Tour rankings, where he is breathing down the necks of fellow finalist, Josh Kerr, and former world champ, Joel Parkinson.

Still on top of the WCT ratings is Gabriel Medina, after the Brazilian made the quarter finals.

Let’s take a look at the Top 10 following the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro:

1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) – 15,200
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) – 13,200
3. Josh Kerr (AUS) – 12,000
4. Michel Bourez (PYF) – 11,750
5. Kelly Slater (USA) – 11,700
6. Adriano De Souza (BRA) – 10,500
7. Nat Young (USA) – 9,200
7. Miguel Pupo (BRA)- 9,200
9. Taj Burrow (AUS) – 8,250
10. Bede Durbidge (AUS) – 7,000

Gabriel Medina is still the Dream Tour leader following event number two on the 2014 Dream Tour.

Outside the Top 10 things get interesting:

11. Mick Fanning (AUS) – 6,950
13. Jordy Smith (ZAF) – 5,700
17. Julian Wilson (AUS) – 3,500
23. John John Florence (HAW) – 2,250
23. Travis Logie (ZAF) – 2,250

Current world champ, Mick Fanning, lies in 11th spot, with less than half of the Dream Tour leader, Gabriel Medina’s tally. Jordy sits further back in 13th – which if you’re superstitious is not a good position to be in. In 17th spot you’ll find Julian Wilson. Meanwhile John John Florence finds himself very far from the top in equal 23rd place, level on points with Travis Logie.

Jordy Smith was bummed to lose his quarter final to Bede Durbidge.

With slopey walls and tough conditions, the Drug Aware Pro was low in the high entertainment we’ve come to expect from Dream Tour events. Saying that, we did get to see Round 5 surfed at The Box, while other highlights that stand out are; John John Florence’s mental ride in Round 2 that should have scored a 10; Wildcard Yadin Nicol’s mile-high punt against Mick Fanning in Round 3; as well as JJF’s heat against Gabriel Medina in the same round.

Besides those four heats at The Box, here’s the highlights clip from the Drug Aware Pro:

The tour now moves to Bells Beach, which is another venue that doesn’t offer the kind of waves that we’ll be seeing lots of tubes or airs, but it does offer some of the best opportunities for competitors to bury their rails from nose to tail – which is always rad to watch.

Here’s a teaser of what to expect next weekend, when the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach gets underway in Victoria, Australia.

1 Comment

  1. JHL
    14 April, 2014 at 6:51 am · Reply

    Bede Durbo’s laybacks had the judges taped. It was like no one has ever has seen this incredible move, enough to beat Jordy twice in one event. You go Durbo, setting the standard for Bells. Let’s hope not.

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