After some gale-force winds last night, I was all pumped for some surf down here, but no, not today. The weather is nice again though and it looks like there will be some surf this afternoon. We have a crew headed to Byron Bay for the day where we’re gonna mingle with hippies and hopefully find some surf. Check the ASP press release below…
ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS (ASP) INTERNATIONAL
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile
Roxy Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile
Stop No. 1 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour
Stop No. 1 of 8 on the 2009 ASP Women's World Tour
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
February 28 – March 11, 2009
Quiksilver And Roxy Pro Gold Coast Remain In A Holding Pattern
SNAPPER ROCKS, Australia (Thursday, March 5, 2009) – Conditions have cleaned up, but with virtually no surf on offer this morning, event organizers at the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by LG Mobile were once again forced to call competition off for the day.
The opening events of the 2009 ASP World Tour and ASP Women's World Tour respectively, the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast have both completed their opening rounds of competition, but have since been on hold waiting for improved conditions to manifest. Forecasters are calling for a slight increase in surf later in the day, pulsing throughout the weekend.
"It's Groundhog Day here at the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast again," Rod Brooks, Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Contest Director, said. "Very little surf on offer this morning so competition will be called off, but swell is projected to fill in late tonight and we could be looking at a possible start tomorrow morning."
Saturday's Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast action saw highlights by reigning nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 37, and former two-time event winner Mick Fanning (AUS), 27. When Round 2 begins, explosive ASP Dream Tour sophomores like Dane Reynolds (USA), 23, and Jordy Smith (ZAF), 21, will look to avoid early elimination.
Monday's Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 action was dominated by the 2009 ASP Top 17 rookie class. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 18, secured the highest heat total of the event with an 18.77 out of a possible 20 for a series of blistering forehand maneuvers in the Duranbah beach breaks while Silvana Lima (BRA), 24, current ASP World No. 2, scored the event's first perfect 10-point ride with her lightning-quick forehand approach that included a mid-ride aerial.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 6am to assess conditions for a possible 7am start.
The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile will be webcast LIVE via www.quiksilverpro.com.au
The event also incorporates the Roxy Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile, the opening event of the 2009 ASP Women's World Tour. The Roxy Pro Gold Coast will be webcast LIVE via www.roxypro.com.au
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Daniel Wills (AUS)
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Corey Ziems (AUS)
Heat 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Marlon Lipke (DEU)
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Drew Courtney (AUS)
Heat 6: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Phillip MacDonald (AUS)
Heat 7: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Dustin Barca (HAW)
Heat 8: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. David Weare (ZAF)
Heat 9: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Jihad Khodr (BRA)
Heat 10: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 11: Dayyan Neve (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 12: Michael Picon (FRA) vs. Chris Davidson (AUS)
Heat 13: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Nathaniel Curran (USA)
Heat 14: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Mick Campbell (AUS)
Heat 15: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)
Heat 16: Ben Dunn (AUS) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Jacqueline Silva (BRA), Ashleigh Smith (AUS)
Heat 2: Rebecca Woods (AUS), Jessi Miley Dyer (AUS), Megan Abubo (HAW)