Last month Western Australia delivered the biggest contest waves seen outside of the Pacific Ocean in a long time.
Margaret River was hammered with swell as the event rolled on, meaning that up and down the length of the famed Caves Road, waves blasted every nook and cranny of coastline.
Adriano de Souza won at Margaret River in 2015 and used the result to launch his successful world title campaign, so it’s fair to say he loves this part of the world.
It’s unsurprising then that when the swell pulsed, the Brazilian roared, and after catching him in full cry we figured we best have a chat.
From champs to challengers and local young gun Jack Robinson did as he always does and stole the show from under the noses of the best in the business, and offered us some local secrets along the way.
Testament to the quality of the conditions on offer in WA was the number of eliminated competitors, who instead of fleeing to the airport at light speed (in usual pro surfer style), hung around and surfed and surfed some more.
Caio Ibelli bowed out early but couldn’t get enough of the thundering tubes at North Point and The Box, and to hear him say he “doesn’t really want to go to Bells”, two weeks before making his first ever final there, is worth the price of admission alone.
Hit play on the best of the West now, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do bring it to you. You’re welcome.