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Round 1 highlights from the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2013© 2014 Quiksilver
Kelly Slater looks ominous, rumours of this being his last year on tour will perhaps have condensed his ambition.© 2014 ASP/Robertson
Wave of the day by Matt Wilkinson© 2014 Quiksilver
Everyone has dane in their Fantasy team but he didn't do so well.© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Filipe Toledo showed his form which surprised nobody ... he has skills this one© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Alejo Muniz is back to packing heat ... just like he used to© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Kolohe seems to be further developing his power punch© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Joel Parko lost his Round 1 head narrowly to Matty Wilkinson and faces Brent Dorrington in Round 2© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Does Taj like early morning heats? He always does well here so needs to step up against Willian Cardoso in Round 2© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
John John Florence is cruising as is his way, he is yet to be tested© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Patrick Gudauskas has a point to prove after being the best surfer to fall off tour in 2012© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Adam Melling was hyped coming into the event and is now in my fantasy team so really needs to beat Damien Hobgood© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Tiago Pires escaped the Quik axe and faces C.J. Hobgood in Round 2© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Sebastian Zietz faces a tough Round 2 against Kolohe Andino© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Julian Wilson scraped a tough heat and is into Round 3© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Nat Young first rookie heat and didn't benefit like the other goofies© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Irish Glenn Hall faces fellow Aussie Kai Otten in Round 2© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Jeremy Flores now faces a tough heat against Raoni Monteiro to keep the Euro flag flying© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Jordy Smith is back .. For now© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Mr inconsistent put on a backside display at Rainbow ... more please© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
The oft-underrated Owen Wright faces off against the mostly underrated Dusty Payne© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
Midway through the heat, Medina was sidelined by an injury to his left ankle forcing him to return to the beach. Despite clearly being in pain, the young Brazilian returned to the lineup before locking in a 9.50© 2014 ASP/Will H-S
THE QUIK Pro Gold Coast is a tale of two breaks, goofy-friendly Rainbow and the yet to be surfed walls of Snapper as Round 1 of the comp was completed in clean two-to-three footers.
Bad news for the regulars is that it will probably will not move back to Snapper unless there’s a huge improvement is sand. Word is the pumps are unable to suck the sand properly due to the amount of detritus washing around, which combined with a general lack of sand to pump in the basin equals no sand replenishment.
“I really like Rainbow.” Said Matt Wilkinson. “It’s a lot easier on your backhand than Snapper which has that backwashy-behind-the-rock-thing going on and Rainbow you take off and there’s wall and do exactly what you kinda wanna do and there’s no tricks to it. I guess the forehand and backhanders are pretty even out there.”
Two-time ASP World Champion, Mick Fanning, and two-time Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast winner, posted an emphatic Round 1 win today utilizing his intimate knowledge of the venue and razor-sharp precision to tear apart the reeling righthanders of Rainbow Bay.
“It’s a new year and everyone is feeling fresh,” Fanning said. “When I was younger, I mostly stuck to Snapper Rocks and Kirra, but since the sand has filled in, I’ve spent a lot of time surfing through Rainbow Bay. It’s a fun wave and provides a nice wall for a variety of maneuvers. Compared to Snapper and Kirra though, I think Rainbow probably lessens the local advantage as it’s a pretty user-friendly canvas.”
I really like Rainbow. It’s a lot easier on your backhand than Snapper which has that backwashy-behind-the-rock-thing going on. I guess the forehand and backhanders are pretty even out there Matt Wilkinson.
Travis Logie, veteran goofy-footer from South Africa, took top honours this morning, posting the day’s high heat total of an 18.20 out of a possible 20 for a series of critical backhand combinations.
“It feels so good to start the year off with a heat win,” Logie said. “The past few seasons, my starts have been inconsistent, but I’m healthy, I have good boards under my feet and I feel like I’m surfing at the highest level of my career. The draw is so gnarly these days – guys like Adriano and Dusty are deadly at any venue on tour and that pretty much goes for the entire Top 34 right now. Really stoked to get a win and hope the waves keep pumping this week.”
Kelly Slater was back with a vengeance today, posting a strong come-from-behind win over up-and-comer Kolohe Andino and wildcard Dane Reynolds.
“It’s always motivating surfing against good surfers,” Slater said. “Dane is one of the best surfers on the planet and Kolohe is starting to come into his own. I think it’s the same as everyone though. We can enjoy our off seasons, but then we all come back here and it’s game on again.”
John John Florence continued his momentum from last season today, exhibiting a unique blend of style and progression to post a solid Round 1 win.
“It’s a new year and everyone is excited to be here,” Florence said. “I’ve had a pretty good off season. It was short, but I was able to do some different things like travel to New York and recharge and get ready for the year. The level of surfing on tour is the highest it’s ever been and it’s exciting to be a part of.”
And the waves? They are forecast to stay very similar until the weekend.
Gabriel Medina, secured an impressive come-from-behind victory in his Round 1 bout today against Kieren Perrow and Tiago Pires. Midway through the heat, Medina was sidelined by an injury to his left ankle forcing him to return to the beach. Despite clearly being in pain, the young Brazilian returned to the lineup before locking in a 9.50 single-wave score for a series of critical backhand maneuvers. Medina would take the heat win before journeying to hospital for x-rays and diagnostics.
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.50, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 12.70, Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.94
Heat 2: Travis Logie (ZAF) 18.20, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.10, Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.07
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) 15.00, Kai Otton (AUS) 14.80, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.40
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.24, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 14.57, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.10
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.04, Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.73, Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.34
Heat 6: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.76, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.73, Brent Dorrington (AUS) 15.37
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.67, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 14.97, Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.20
Heat 8: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 15.60, Nat Young (USA) 11.90, Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.13
Heat 9: Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.15, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.63, Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.40
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.43, Owen Wright (AUS) 15.67, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.50
Heat 11: Brett Simpson (USA) 15.13, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.76, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.23
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.93, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.63, Glenn Hall (IRL) 15.07
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Brent Dorrington (AUS)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 5: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 6: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 7: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 8: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Nat Young (USA)
Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 10: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 12: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)
Kepa finds himself in a land of perpetual dancing and broad smiles.
Pick a solid swell, make the treacherous paddle, avoid the fang-like rocks on the inside, and you could score some of the longest rights of your life.
If Jack Kerouac surfed he would have chewed his beatnik leg off to get on this trip. Desert Point to Shipstern and everything in between.
Not all winter is cold, even if the country is in danger of washing away there will be surfers lapping up the storms
Those two imposters, triumph and disaster, go hand in hand in the sport of bodyboarding, especially for those hellmen who push the boundaries of what is surfable.