Local wildcard entrant knocks out world number one Mick Fanning
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MEDIA RELEASE                             Surfers Point, Margaret River, 15 - 26 April 2015
Local wildcard entrant knocks out world number one
Jay Davies surfing a barrel
Jay Davies surfing The Box at the 2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.  Photo credit: WLS / Cestari 
First the reigning world champion, now world number one - what's next for Jay Davies?

Yallingup local and wildcard entrant Jay Davies has won his Round 3 heat against world number one Mick Fanning to progress through to Round 4 of the 2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.
Davies, 28, said that he felt confident before his heat started at The Box, a notorious break at Surfers Point known for its barrels.
“I went into the heat feeling super relaxed, I wasn’t stressed at all about winning or losing, and I know these waves, I can read these waves and I felt comfortable out there," Davies said.
“Mick and I were having a ball out there – we both got barrelled and we were just laughing. He’s a great guy we were high fiving each other having so much fun.
Davies scored a 9.5 on his last wave after a long barrel, riding the foam ball to successfully negotiate it. His total score from his best two waves of 16.83 defeated Fanning’s score of 13.90.
“I saw the lip and lifted my head, I saw the wave draining and I thought this is one of those perfect waves," he said, smiling. 
“The waves are just so clean out there, pristine, the conditions are perfect, it’s as good as it gets. The visibility is really good - I could see fish in the reef, it’s beautiful in the water, just glorious.”
Davies thanked the crowd for the support and said it feels good to be surfing in front of family, friends and supporters in his backyard break.
“It was a privilege to surf against Mick - I feel bad for knocking him out, I mean, he wants the championship points, but I guess I have to stop thinking about other people and think about myself.”
Fanning, a professional and ever-gracious competitor, said Davies was one of the best surfers in the competition who has what it takes to win this event.
Yesterday Davies caused an upset by defeating reigning world champion Gabriel Medina (Brazil) in Round 2.
“I’ve been trying to keep my composure in the heats – I’m stoked to be surfing in a CT event and surfing in such great waves," the six-foot-one surfer said. 
Davies isn’t fazed if the WSL commissioners move the competition to adjacent break, Mainbreak.
“I’m confident in my ability – whether it’s at The Box or Mainbreak," he said.
“It would be a dream come true to win this, and I want to, but I’m taking every heat as it comes.”
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The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is one of 11 events that make up the WSL Championship Tour, and will be held from April 15 until April 26. Over 12 days, surfers will compete on the days producing the best conditions.  Watch the unparalleled adventure, competitive drama and athleticism of professional surfing live at
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Jay Davies
Jay Davies. Photo credit: Surfing WA

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