COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Saturday, February 27, 2010) – Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover has been called ON this morning, with the first heat hitting the water in clean two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Snapper Rocks at 8:30am.
The opening event of the 2010 ASP World Tour season, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will turn on the world's best surfers in the world's best waves this morning, taking advantage of the swell on offer for what has been termed, "the greatest assemblage of surfing talent in history."
"We've got some beautiful little waves breaking behind the rock this morning and we'll be getting underway with the men's Round 1 at 8:30am," Rod Brooks, Quiksilver Pro Contest Director, said. "We have some really exciting match-ups in the opening round of competition and we're excited to get the 2010 ASP World Tour season started today."
Up first this morning will be California uber talent Dane Reynolds (USA), 24, up against Roy Powers (HAW), 29, and 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie Brett Simpson (USA), 25.
For the first time in the event's storied nine-year history, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will be broadcast LIVE on FUEL TV in Australia, beaming the world's best surfing right into your living room.
To find out how you can watch the world's best surfers in one of the world's most iconic pointbreaks LIVE on FUEL TV, check out foxsports.com.au/fueltv.
The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by Land Rover will feature the world's best surfers from February 27 through March 10, 2010 and will be webcast LIVE via quiksilverpro.com.au.
The Roxy Pro Gold Coast, featuring the ASP Top 17, will run in conjunction with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.
For more information, log onto aspworldtour.com.
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Dane Reynolds (USA), Roy Powers (HAW), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA), Ben Dunn (AUS), Marco Polo (BRA)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Blake Thornton (AUS)
Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS), Chris Davidson (AUS), Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Garrett Parkes (AUS)
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), Blake Ainsworth (AUS)
Heat 10: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Mick Campbell (AUS), Craig Anderson (AUS)
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Drew Courtney (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 12: Taylor Knox (USA), Luke Stedman (AUS), Nathan Yeomans (USA)
Heat 13: Tom Whitaker (AUS), Andy Irons (HAW), Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 14: Kieren Perrow (AUS), Daniel Ross (AUS), Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 15: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 16: Dean Morrison (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA), Adam Melling (AUS)
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL), Carissa Moore (HAW)
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Bruna Schmitz (BRA), Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 4: Silvana Lima (BRA), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Nikita Robb (ZAF)
Heat 5: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), Lee Ann Curren (FRA)
Heat 6: Melanie Bartels (HAW), Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Amee Donohoe (AUS)