SNAPPER ROCKS, Australia (Wednesday, March 4, 2009) – Small surf continued in the one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) range at Snapper Rocks and Duranbah Beach today, forcing event organizers at the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by LG Mobile to call another lay day of competition.
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 tomorrow, continuing throughout the weekend.
“Surf is still small today and we have a bit of bad northerly wind on it so the men’s and women’s are both off today,” Rod Brooks, Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Contest Director, said. “We’re tracking a bit of activity that is supposed to arrive tomorrow so we’ll be back at 6am to assess the conditions.”
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.
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)