Ozmageddon 2012: Behind The Scenes At The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

Ace Buchan
Carissa Moore
Ellie Jean Coffey
Koa Smith
Kolohe Andino
Mexi Girls
Peligroso
Snapper Rocks
Steve Sherman
Tom Delonge

Taj Burrow Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
2012 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Champion Taj Burrow.

OZMAGEDDON 2012: Behind The Scenes At The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
Sunday 5pm
That's a wrap! And not a moment too soon—my liver hates me, I have some weird growth on my back from the deadly sun here, and can't keep up with the crazed Coolangatta party scene any longer. Despite lackluster surf it was a sick final day and the guy who ripped the hardest throughout the event took home the win. Congrats Taj! Not sure what he's up to tonight but I think there are a few drinks left in me if we run into the champ.
Stephanie Gilmore Roxy Pro Gold Coast
Moments after winning the Roxy Pro, Stephanie Gilmore was congratulated by the mother of Aussie surf legend Michael Peterson.

It's been an incredibly fun trip and we gotta thank those who made it happen: Quiksilver for putting on the event, Komune for the killer 7th floor room with an even better view, LifeProof iPhone cases for keeping my phone in one piece despite a few drops and dunkings, JS Industries for the shred sleds, DC for the new sandals, Otis and Electric for the shades, Creatures Of Leisure, Dave Prodan and the gang at the ASP, and Australia in general for being such a beautiful country filled with awesome people. Can't wait to do it all again next year!—Justin Coté

Occy
Occy wins the legends heat! Love this guy...

Jack Robinson
Guilty as charged: Lil' Jack Robinson and I were checking out Alana Blanchard in the surfers tent...

Brazil
Adriano's fans...

Rosie Hodge Pete Mel
Rosie Hodge and Pete Mel; two of the best—and definitely tallest—announcers in the business.

OZMAGEDDON 2012: Behind The Scenes At The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
Saturday 8:30am
JS Industries
Lineup of shred sleds at JS Industries headquarters. We were like kids in a candy store...

Yesterday we went to the JS Industries factory down by Kirra to check the place out and pick up a few boards. They're one of the biggest surfboard brands yet the place still has the feel of a backyard operation in that there are nudie girl photos on the walls and piles of foam dust everywhere. I got a 5'8" x 19.25" x 2.25" Revolution model with FCS plugs and had a blast on it despite the small surf. The thing is going to be magic back home! JJ picked up a little Pier Ponymodel that is only 5'4" but actually floats him. Made for really small conditions, we're all going to ride it the next couple days as there's not much surf on the horizon.

Donavon Frankenreiter
Donavon Frankenreiter and his wife Petra.

Donavon Frankenreiter is currently touring Australia so we went to see him play last night at the Kirra Hotel. The big Donnie news is that he cut his hair! I've known him since we were teenagers and he's always had long hair so it was a trip to see him with a new do. We had a few drinks before the show then Donnie got a huge posse of us into a little side area at the show and instructed the guy working there to keep the Corona's flowing and on ice. It was a great show and got even better when Kelly Slater hopped on stage to sing American Girl by Tom Petty.

The weather has taken a turn for the worse and it's now raining. Apparently there's going to be midday call for the contest but it sure looks bleak right now. We'll keep you posted on our Twitter account at twitter.com/transworldsurf or on Instagram at transworld_surf.

Donavon Frankenreiter Show
A cute little pack of Brazilian girls at the Donavon Frankenreiter show.

 

Donavon Frankenreiter
Donnie jamming for a packed house at the Kirra Hotel.

 

Kelly Slater Donavon Frankenreiter
Kelly Slater singing his version of American Girl by Tom Petty.

OZMAGEDDON 2012: Behind The Scenes At The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

Day 6? Update
With a flat spell and bad winds plaguing the Gold Coast, last night was the perfect storm of debauchery as we celebrated the release of Dusty Payne's signature sunglass from Electric Visual. The party was held at Komune, the epicenter of fun here in Coolangatta. We attempted to do a video pre-roll of Dusty introducing the party but it was an epic fail—he's much smoother in the water than when you train a video camera on him. With beautiful girls gracing the dance floor and drinks flowing freely, a wonderful night was had by all—this morning could be another story though.

On the docket today is a trip to JS Industries HQ down the road, a surf on a longboard, and a footy game with Mick Fanning and the Creatures Of Leisure boys. We're hoping to spot some bogans at the footy game and get some "How To Bogan" tips from 'em. While I have no idea how a footy game is played it sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon…

It sounds like the Quik Pro is going to run Saturday and Sunday in pretty crap conditions at Duranbah or small Snapper. The matchups are good though so we're frothing to see it go down. Stay tuned…

OZMAGEDDON 2012: Behind The Scenes At The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
Day 5 Update
Had a great session at Stradbroke Island yesterday, check the photos HERE. We were a bit hungover from the previous nights activities at the Stab | Nike party downstairs but shook it off with a couple beach break barrels. See below for a few photos from the evening…

Laura Enever
Roxy Pro contender Laura Enever, Erica Hosseini, and friends at the Stab Magazine | Nike party here at Komune.

 

Jack Robinson
Jack Robinson after giving himself a haircut...he's a much better surfer than barber.

 

Aussie Girls
As the night wore on, Aussie girls of all flavors and levels of hotness partied the night away.

 

Julian Wilson Alejo Muniz
Nike team riders Julian Wilson and Alejo Muniz.

 

Snips Sal
Ronnie from Oakley, Coach Snips, Laura Enever, Sal and his lady friend at Komune the other night.

OZMAGEDDON 2012: Behind The Scenes At The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
Day 4 Blog Update

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
This morning at Snapper for day four of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. The surf has dropped off a bit but the water has cleaned up now that the rain has let up. A lot of people have been complaing of sinus congestion and sore throats from the runoff, especially those that have been surfing Duranbah, which sits right next to the Tweed River.
Kelly Slater
After riding a few waves on his thruster, Kelly Slater made some kind of hand signal to his pit crew and they swooped into action, bringing down two different boards for the 11-time World Champ to choose from. He opted for a round pin quad with a little trailer fin that looked like an oversized guitar pick. According to Travis Lee from Channel Islands, Kelly felt that the thruster wasn't working in tight spots and was for more drawn out turns. His board swap turned out to be a good move as he went on to dominate the heat and move into the quarterfinals.
JS Industries
TWS' Jason Jackson and I picked up a couple of brand spanking new shred sleds from our friends at JS Industries today. The one on the left is a 6'0" x 18.75 x 2.25" thruster and the one on the left is a 6'1" x 19" x 2.5" and has five fin boxes giving you the option of riding it as a quad, thruster, or a five finner ala Slater this morning.

 

JS Industries
Surf tip: When you get a new stick, apply the wax in a criss cross fashion—it'll help create beads as opposed to just smooshing on.

 

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
Afternoon conditions at Snapper as seen from the VIP tent. Don't know how I got in there but the free beer and food is much appreciated!

 

Joel Parkinson
Joel Parkinson gets swarmed by the media after dropping the first perfect 10-point ride of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Parko took down Julian Wilson in one of the better heats of the day. He'll match up against another big and strong regularfoot when he surfs against Jordy Smith in the quarterfinals. Who's your money on?


Ozmageddon Day 3
The Quik Pro Gold Coast ran for the third day in a row and we didn't get up to much besides a super fun midday surf at Duranbah, a few beers at the Rainbow Bay Surf Club, and a lot of people watching.

Dbah has got to be one of the funnest, most rippable waves on the planet. Today was head high and absolutely smashable. We surfed next to the jetty, or, "off the wall" as they call it here. Because the swell is really short interval right now the waves are close together and consistent making for tough paddle outs, but Dbah has a rip current that runs along the jetty so if you're right there you barely have to paddle to make it out. Basically you can rip the guts out of a right, veer toward the jetty at the end of the wave, and let the rip current do the work for you. Like I said, funnest wave ever!

It looks like the surf is going to drop off in the next few days so we're finally going to use the rental car that's been sitting idly for the past few days and make a run down the coast. There are rumors of a Donovan Frankenreiter show at a certain lover of ceteceans house down south so prepare for some super cosmic and groovy blog updates…


Ozmageddon Day 2
It's only 4pm but I feel like I've packed three days into one. After being hungover all day yesterday I rallied for the dawn patrol this morning and was in the water by 5am. On the way I ran into Red Bull surf team coach Shane Beschen, Carissa Moore, Sally Fitzgibbons, and Lakey Peterson. We all huddled up near the rocks at Snapper waiting for a break in the sets to paddle out. I got a little impatient and got a bit too close to the edge of the rocks when a bigger set came in and completely lit me up. I almost took out Sally as I tumbled underwater head over heels. "Whoa mate, you okay?" she asked. "Yeah, yeah. I'm fine," said the dumb Seppo.

After finally making it out I saw a stumpy looking figure sitting really deep and quickly realized it was Occy. He must have paddled out at 4:30am. After a couple waves I gave up fighting the current and got swept down to Greenmount and got a few burgers before calling it quits—at 5:45am.

After that we cruised down to the contest site and watched a few heats before another surf this time at Duranbah. It was overhead but kind of wonky with the high tide and wind swell. Hardly all-time Dbah but still loads of fun. Walking back from Dbah I saw two fistfights, both involving teenagers at the event site. I'm not sure why they were scrapping but one kid got his ass kicked pretty good and was bleeding from nose, eye, and forehead. It was right in the middle of the contest site and nobody really batted an eye. Weird.

Putting the fisticuffs behind us, TWS Photo Editor Aaron Checkwood and I met up with John John Florence and his filmer Blake Kueny and bolted down south to a deserted beachbreak where John ripped and I floated around thinking about sharks. Good fun. After lunch they dropped us off at Komune where it was absolutely raging down by the pool. That said, I've surfed three times and did a Cote's Cube interview with John—I deserve a beer. Find me by the pool…

John John Florence
John John, Blake Kueny, and team TWS snuck away from the comp and scored a beachbreak with nobody out...


Ozmageddon 2012
We've been in Australia for 24 hours now so it's time to get this thing started! We'll be covering the Quiksilver Pro and all the surrounding mayhem—which leads to why it took 24 hours to get the daily blog started. Basically I fell into the Coolangatta vortex. Once again we're staying at the Komune, which is kind of the epicenter of nightlife action in these parts. I brought two bottles of Peligroso tequila down and despite the best intentions, they're both gone. We gave one to Jason Stevenson from JS Industries in hopes of securing one of his shred sleds and one was guzzled down by a variety of characters including Steve Sherman (getting the enemy publications photographer drunk is a magazine war tactic), Luke Egan, local legend Brent Dorrington, and some dude we met at a Byron Bay carpark last year.

Had a little surf last night in the rain and was witness to Ace Buchan, Carissa Moore, Koa Smith, and Kolohe Andino ripping through the pack as the swell picked up. I brought out my iPhone in its LifeProof case and did a few Twitter and Instagram posts from the channel. People were tripping. Follow us on Instagram at transworld_surf and on Twitter at twitter.com/transworldsurf. With the sun starting to peek out and the surf picking up, it’s time to go fan out on Dane Reynolds down at the contest site…