The Quiksilver Pro Set To Run On Australia’s Gold Coast

Worlds Most In-Form Surfers Set To Descend On Worlds Most In-Form Waves

Commencing in two weeks – the 3rd of March 2003 and boasting a waitingperiod right through until the 16th of March – The Quiksilver and Roxy Prowill bring together the world’s best surfers to do battle on Australia’sGold Coast. The top 45 men and 17 women on the ASP ratings will be presentat the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro.

In every way the Quiksilver Pro, the first event of the 2003 ASP WorldChampionship Tour, is ready to raise the bar of professional surfing toanother level. The stage is set for an unbelievable show.

March 4-16 will see the world’s best surfers converge on the real ‘Surfer’sParadise’ for the 13-day waiting period. Fingers crossed a cyclone swellgreets them and produces perfect waves famous of the region. With the nowlegendary sandbank stretching from Snapper Rocks all the way through Kirra,the main venue is primed for incredible action.

The 2002 Quiksilver Pro witnessed an amazing display of futuristic surfing.Joel Parkinson (Aus) put local knowledge to good use at Snapper Rocks,ultimately defeating Cory Lopez (USA) in the final to clinch US$30,000 asthousands cheered on.

In 2003 the Quiksilver Pro will host the elite top 45 WCT surfers, togetherwith three wildcard entrants including Troy Brooks (Aus), Micky Picon (Fra)and the winner of the Quiksilver Pro Trials to be held March 3rd. WithUS$250,000 prizemoney on offer, as well as an early ratings lead for theeventual winner, all focus will be on the Gold Coast as the dream tour getsunderway.

THE ROXY PROThe 2003 women’s ASP World Championship Tour begins in style on Australia’sGold Coast, March 4th-16th, with the 5th Annual Roxy Pro. The elite top 17rated women in the world, plus wildcard entrant and four-time consecutiveworld champion Lisa Andersen (USA) will make up the prestigious field.

The 2002 Roxy Pro saw Lynette McKenzie (Aus) begin her year in fantasticform, taking out the first major WCT tournament of the season at SnapperRocks. Jacqueline Silva (Brz) finished runner-up, and Roxy team ridersChelsea Georgeson (Aus) and Kate Skarratt (Aus) finished equal third.

With US$60,000 prize money on offer, as well as an early 2003 WCT ratingslead for the eventual winner, you can bet all competitors will be turning upthe heat for the 2003 Roxy Pro.

THE CONTEST VENUESThe Quiksilver and Roxy Pro boast a mobile element, granting organizersaccess to some of the best surf breaks on the planet. The event will bebased at Snapper Rocks; yet can travel from Stradbroke Island to Ballina inthe south, across the New South Wales state border in search of optimumconditions. Venues such as Snapper Rocks, Greenmount, Kirra and Burleighwill hold priority, with visions of long, right-hand barrels fillingcompetitors’ minds in the lead up. All spots offer great viewing forspectators to soak up the phenomenal surfing assured to take place.

QUIKSILVER & ROXY PRO PRESS LAUNCH:Monday March 3rd. A breakfast press launch for the Quiksilver Pro and theRoxy Pro will be staged for media personal between 8am and 10am at theRainbow Bay Surf Lifesaving Club at Snapper Rocks. Reigning 2002 ASPchampion Andy Irons (Haw), six time world champion Kelly Slater (USA),defending event champion Joel Parkinson (Gold Coast, Aus), five-timeswomen’s world champion Layne Beachley (Aus) and world no.6 Chelsea Georgeson(Aus) will be included amongst the attending surfers.

QUIKSILVER PRO TRIALS:Monday March 3rd. 16 surfers battle it out for one (1) remaining wildcardslot in the Quiksilver Pro. Local surfers such as Luke Munro and DamonHarvey, as well as former WCT members Maz Quinn (NZ) and Matt Hoy (Aus) willbe vying for a chance to take on the world’s top rated surfers in the mainevent.