GALLERY: Conditions please as Margaret River Pro begins

COMPETITORS in the Margaret River Pro were met with great conditions on the first day of the contest on Wednesday.

Pro surfer Raoni Monteiro, ranked 24th in the WCT, exits the water after his Round 1 heat. Photos by Zannia Yakas

Pro surfer Raoni Monteiro, ranked 24th in the WCT, exits the water after his Round 1 heat. Photos by Zannia Yakas

Pro surfer Raoni Monteiro chats to Margaret River student Blake McKinley.

Pro surfer Raoni Monteiro chats to Margaret River student Blake McKinley.

Surf fans: Margaret River students Blake McKinley, Taj Hedley, Brock Yateman, Jaikie Hastie and Jarah Webb set themselves up in a good spot for meeting the pro surfers.

Surf fans: Margaret River students Blake McKinley, Taj Hedley, Brock Yateman, Jaikie Hastie and Jarah Webb set themselves up in a good spot for meeting the pro surfers.

Spectators watch the recap on the big screen.

Spectators watch the recap on the big screen.

One of about five jet skis in the competition stays close to the surf.

One of about five jet skis in the competition stays close to the surf.

Taj Burrow in his Round 1 heat.

Taj Burrow in his Round 1 heat.

Brett Simpson in his Round 1 heat against Taj Burrow and Freddy Patacchia Jr.

Brett Simpson in his Round 1 heat against Taj Burrow and Freddy Patacchia Jr.

Brett Simpson in his Round 1 heat against Taj Burrow and Freddy Patacchia Jr.

Brett Simpson in his Round 1 heat against Taj Burrow and Freddy Patacchia Jr.

A spectator keeps warm with coffee.

A spectator keeps warm with coffee.

South Africa's Jordy Smith, ranked 4th on the WCT.

South Africa's Jordy Smith, ranked 4th on the WCT.

South Aftrica's Jordy Smith, ranked 4th on the WCT, stops to sign a few things for local children.

South Aftrica's Jordy Smith, ranked 4th on the WCT, stops to sign a few things for local children.

Young spectators enjoy a great view.

Young spectators enjoy a great view.

The Margaret River Pro scoreboard.

The Margaret River Pro scoreboard.

The Round 1 Men's heats were contested first on Wednesday.

The Round 1 Men's heats were contested first on Wednesday.

Inside the commentators' tent.

Inside the commentators' tent.

The Box on Wednesday.

The Box on Wednesday.

Spectators: Locals Richard Lowe and Nick Teske.

Spectators: Locals Richard Lowe and Nick Teske.

Margaret River students watch the comp.

Margaret River students watch the comp.

A stand-up paddleboarder has fun on the fringe of the competition.

A stand-up paddleboarder has fun on the fringe of the competition.

Spectators at the Pro.

Spectators at the Pro.

The Men's Round 1 kicked off early with Brazil's Filipe Toledo winning his heat (12.23 points),  South Africa's Jordy Smith thrashing his opponents in the second heat (15.33), and local hero Taj Burrow of Yallingup bringing the goods at the last minute to win the third heat with 10.77 points.

Cowaramup surfer Yadin Nichol, who won a wildcard entry through Tuesday's Trials, later took on Kelly Slater and got the top score. Nichol boasted 15.23 points while Slater finished with 11.87, still remaining in the competition.

A decent crowd of spectators were already settling in when the event started.

Local surfer Richard Lowe, Prevelly, admired the super swell from afar.

"It's just pumping. I'm a little disappointed that the comp's on right now," he joked.

While the Men's competition took place at Mainbreak, some people could not look away from The Box on the right, where a few locals were taking advantage of the barrels on offer. The Pro will give competitors the option of surfing either Mainbreak or The Box in later rounds.

For updates on results, visit Surfing WA's website.

For more news, see our Margaret River Pro page.

Photos by Zannia Yakas.