Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2011 is set to resume this Friday!
Quiksilver Pro 2011 Round 2 on hold as world’s best wait for next swell to peel down the Superbank.
After last Friday and Saturdays swell, the East Coast of OZ has gone flat with the dreaded Northerly winds picking up and washing in the infamous hoards of Blue-Bottle Jellyfish. A fourth Lay-Day was called on Thursday as competitors wait for South-East swell to reach the Goldy on Friday.
Round 1 saw some incredible action as the 2011 season kicked off in perfect 3 foot Snapper last Saturday. All eyes were on World Tour rookie Julian Wilson competing in his first heat versus the elite 34. He easily disposed of Heitor Alves and Aussie goofy-footer Adrian Buchan in a convincing Round 1 win and will now advance to Round 3.
Kelly Slater had an equally impressive Round 1 win and will also advance to Round 3. Slater was up against charging wildcard winner Matt Banting, and fresh and healthy Kai Otton. Although Banting looked sharp in his first ever WCT heat, Slater linked together several turns and snaps on the heats biggest waves to get the best scores. Slater’s third wave saw the ten time world champ pull a 360 no grab air followed by an alley-oop in the close out. It is clear to see that Slater has adapted to the new scoring format, and if he wants it, an eleventh title looks highly probable. He looked light on his feet, fit, and agile against a competitor half his age.
Last year’s Quik Pro Champion Taj Burrow had the highest heat score of the day. Burrow streaked through long tubes and blew tail on several sections to rack up a 9.27 and 7.40 and had both Freddy P. and Raoni Moeteiro combo-ed mid-way through the heat.
Other notable standouts were Coolie locals Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning. Fanning posted the highest score of the day with a 9.33 for a long stand-up tube along the Superbank and advances to Round 3. Parko looked as smooth as ever and punctuated his flowing style with big moves in the closeout section for an easy Round 1 win.
Our four Californian competitors had a fairly poor opening as all of them lost their Round 1 heats. They get one more chance in Round 2 before being eliminated from the event with an equal 25th finish. The World Tour’s oldest competitor Taylor Knox will go up against Hawaii’s Freddy P., Santa Barbara’s Bobby Martinez will go up against Brazilian Heitor Alves, and Huntington Beach’s Brett Simpson and San Clemente’s Pat Gudauskas will battle it out in an all SoCal Round 2 heat.
Forecasters predict a promising South East swell to hit Friday through Sunday on the Gold Coast. This will allow competition to resume and Round 2 heats to commence. The swell looks like a good one and event directors are hinting at a possible location change to the legendary Kirra a few hundred meters down the beach by Sunday. If that is the case, then many ten point rides will go down in the endless barrels, and the 2011 Quik Pro will make history once again.
Stay tuned for event news and highlights from Round 2 and 3!