Surf legend and Surfing.com’s own Ian Cairns sat down with Brazilian surf legend Flavio “Teco” Padaratz to preview the upcoming Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro women’s contest and discussed who has the edge.
Teco was a two-time WQS champion and surfed on the world tour for many years. He made two finals at Margaret River during his career, while Ian grew up in Western Australia and surfed Margaret River countless times, both free surfing and in numerous contests.
The Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro pres. by Corona is the fourth stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) and it begins its competition window on May 2 and runs through May 12.
Favorites Carissa Moore, Tyler Wright
Both Cairns and Padaratz believe that Tyler Wright and Carissa Moore are the favorites as the contest enters the Women’s Round of 16, although they see different qualities in each that could lead to an advantage.
Tyler Wright. Photo courtesy WSL / Maiers.
“I was putting my bets on Tyler Wright,” says Padaratz. “She's a strong surfer and can throw the tail on large waves. That will look good. That will show her as a step ahead of the others, because she's a lot stronger than the others. She is very strong. Have you seen her snap? It's almost like a heavyweight, male surfer.”
Cairns agrees that Wright has potential and has seen her firsthand at Margaret River. “I've been in the water at Margaret River caddying and watched Tyler surf out there. On her backhand, she hits the lip hard. She's heavy.”
However, Padaratz thinks that Wright will be challenged by Moore: “Carissa is showing so much evolution lately. She's surfing even better than she's been over the last five, six years. She's found space to actually improve. She’s not doing different stuff, but doing the same stuff, way better, and I think she's the one to beat.”
Carissa Moore at Margaret River. Photo courtesy WSL / Maiers
Ian agrees that Moore is the favorite: “I have to go with Carissa because I've seen her surf Sunset Beach on a pretty big day, I actually went out just after I got my ass kicked. Carissa was killing it. So, I'm just going to go with her because of her Hawaiian background, surfing out at Sunset. Margaret River is a lot like Sunset. I'm going to pick Carissa.”
Teco believes that Carissa has achieved a different level in her demeanor this season. “She's got the edge right now. She’s got it under control, and she knows what she's doing. She’s predicted every situation for the competition for every heat and she's fulfilling it perfectly. You can see that she's calm.
“She was always a very amped girl,” Padaratz continues. “Carissa was always adrenalized. You could see it on interviews. She was always hyped up. And now she's way more settled. I think she's balanced. You can see it on interviews. She's even changed the tone of the voice. She's speaking in a lot lower tones right now and that's serenity. That's knowing what you're doing.”
Teco Padaratz and Ian Cairns discuss the women's field.
The Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro pres. by Corona will open May 2 through May 12. The event will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and the free WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL's broadcast partners.
For fans wishing to attend the event in person, event entry will be first-come, first-serve starting at 7:00 a.m. AWST on each ‘on’ day of competition. The venue capacity will be limited to a maximum of 2,500 people at one time, adhering closely to WA state government guidelines. There will be opportunities to enter throughout the day as spots will open when guests leave.
The Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro pres. by Corona is proudly supported by our partners Boost Mobile, Tourism Western Australia, Corona, Red Bull, Oakley, Hydro Flask, Rip Curl, Harvey Norman, Bonsoy, Dometic Outdoor, Bond University, Oakberry, Healthway and Shire of Augusta Margaret River.
Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro Women’s Round of 16 Matchups:
HEAT 1: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
HEAT 2: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN)
HEAT 3: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
HEAT 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Brisa Hennessy (CRI)
HEAT 5: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Macy Callaghan (AUS)
HEAT 6: Isabella Nichols (AUS) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
HEAT 7: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
HEAT 8: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)