Winner of the 2012 Quiksilver, Taj Burrow, will launch the defence of his title from this weekend on the Gold Coast. Photo ASP/Carey
The Quiksilver and Roxy Pros presented by Land Rover are likely to commence this weekend with a promising swell set to arrive on cue for the opening 2013 events of the ASP Men’s and Women’s World Championship Tours.
Contest director Jake Paterson is anticipating an action packed weekend as the world’s best surfers commence their 2013 campaigns in the high performance waves on the southern end of Australia’s Gold Coast.
‘We have a great week of swell coming,’ he said. ‘It’s just a bit unfortunate at the moment that we have a big hole out the back of Snapper Rocks but, fortunately for us, we have a great bank down at Rainbow Bay, so it looks like we are going to get away pretty early.’
With Rainbow Bay located adjacent to the main contest site of Snapper Rocks, the logistics of relocating one break north won’t be an issue for contest organisers. ‘The wind is actually going to start coming from the south; enough of this easterly breeze we have had for the last week,’ said Paterson. ‘It will be offshore and really fun rippable waves at Rainbow. So we will see some high flying action from the world’s best this weekend.’
Official forecasters Coastalwatch Plus predict the first pulse to produce solid three to four foot plus conditions for the Moskova Trials on Friday. This initial swell is likely to overlap with a second pulse arriving for the start of the main events on Saturday.
The favourable forecast prompted Paterson to predict a possible early finish. ‘We are going to have a really good swell this weekend and then it’s going to mellow out a bit during the middle of the week; then we will get another swell in the long range forecast so we could have thing wrapped up by the end of next week.’
When competition commences, up first will be defending Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast champion Taj Burrow, up against fellow Aussie Bede Durbidge, and Brazilian Raoni Monteiro, in Heat 1 of Round 1.
The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover will run from March 2 to 13, 2013 and will be webcast LIVE via quiksilverlive.com.
Running in conjunction with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will be Event No 1 of seven on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, featuring the best female surfers in the world.
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1 MATCH UPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Travis Logie (ZAF), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW), Kai Otton (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA), TBD
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), TBD
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Nat Young (USA)
Heat 9: Julian Wilson (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF), Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF), CJ Hobgood (USA), Glenn Hall (IRL)
SPONSORS: The 2013 Quiksilver and Roxy Pros presented by Land Rover are supported by Bank of Queensland, Tourism and Events Queensland, Carlton Dry, Berocca Performance, Telstra, Sanitarium, iPowow, Red Bull, Skullcandy, Lipton Ice Tea, Vegemite Surf Groms, Bleach Festival, Maddison Estate, Scotchmans Hill Wines, Coastalwatch Plus, Surfing World Magazine, Fuel TV, Gold Coast Tourism, Gold Coast City Council, Stadium Holidays, Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club , Surfing Queensland and CSGC (Connecting Southern Gold Coast).