High-Flying Day Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold CoastMarch 7th, 2011 by admin received Comments Off Tweet
The world’s best surfers lit up the three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) swell on offer at Snapper Rocks as the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover completed Round 3 of competition.
Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, 2010 ASP World Runner-Up, put in the performance of the day, posting a 17.17 out of a possible 20 for an unmatched affinity with the barrel, massive turns and aerials. The high-fi exhibition was enough to eliminate replacement surfer Cory Lopez (USA), 33.
Smith will face Brett Simpson (USA), 26, and Adriano de Souza (BRA), 24, when competition resumes.
Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 22, into his sophomore year amongst the ASP Top 34, put on an electric performance in Round 3.
Kelly Slater (USA), 39, reigning 10-time ASP World Champion, went out and put on a clinic of his own today, taking down wildcard Matt Banting (AUS), 16, with an incredible display of barrel-riding, progressive turns and aerials.
“I actually started getting a little distracted before my heat because Wilko (Matt Wilkinson) is one of my favorites to watch,” Slater said. “Sometimes he doesn’t make it, but he always pulls something big out of his bag. There are a couple of guys that are really exciting to watch here on their backhand.”
Slater will battle Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 22, and Michel Bourez (PYF), 25, when Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast competition recommences.
The Roxy Pro Gold Coast saw Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, continuing her sensational form at Snapper Rocks, posting the highest heat total of the round, a 16.67 out of a possible 20, and eliminating fellow rookie Pauline Ado (FRA), 20.
“That one wave that I got walled up pretty nice and it was a lot of fun,” Wright said. “A young guy named Jason Jameson makes my boards. He’s just a young guy, only 19, but they’re absolutely amazing, I couldn’t ask for anything more.” Wright will take on Silvana Lima (BRA), 26, when competition recommences.
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Dusty Payne (HAW) 11.77 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.00
Heat 2: Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.84 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.70
Heat 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.17 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.27
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.60 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 6.76
Heat 5: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 16.60 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 11.93
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.93 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 9.87
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.17 def. Cory Lopez (USA) 10.77
Heat 8: Brett Simpson (AUS) 14.60 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 10.67
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.54 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 11.16
Heat 10: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.26 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 11.44
Heat 11: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.14 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 7.17
Heat 12: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.27 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.94
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 4 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Dusty Payne (HAW), Tiago Pires (PRT), Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Brett Simpson (USA), Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Heat 4: Alejo Muniz (BRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Taj Burrow (AUS)
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.67 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.50
Heat 2: Laura Enever (AUS) 13.10 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 10.83
Heat 3: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.46 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 5.70
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.37 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 7.44
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
QF 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
QF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)
QF 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)
QF 4: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) vs. Carissa Moore (HAW)
Pictures: (c) ASP