The world’s best surfers have descended upon the southern end of Australia’s Gold Coast for the upcoming Quiksilver and Roxy Pro’s presented by Land Rover to be staged from March 2 – 13, 2013. The opening events of the 2013 ASP Men’s and Women’s World Championship Tour were officially launched at the main contest site of Snapper Rocks today.
Recently crowned world champion and local hero Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, is only nine weeks removed from clinching a long sought after maiden title and said he is as keen as ever to compete this year.
Although Parkinson is a clear favorite at his local break, this year’s line-up of the ASP Top 34 represents one of the more deadly competitive fields in ASP history.
Defending event champion Taj Burrow (Aus) acknowledged that fact today stating that every heat of the opening round is tough. Burrow, added that Parkinson will extra hard to beat this year.
Hawaii’s Triple Crown Champion and world tour rookie Sebastian Zietz (Kauai, Hawaii) provided a light-hearted moment at the launch today attending bare-chested after a free surf session. The 25-year-old character is the first surfer to represent Kauai on the world tour since the late, great Andy Irons (Haw) and is already a proven performer at the elite level after a sensational Hawaiian season.
Slater (USA) was a no-show at today’s press launch due to personal reasons but there is no doubt the three time Quiksilver Pro champion will come out guns blazing when competition likely commences on Saturday.
Five-time world and defending event champion Stephanie Gilmore (Aus) will again be the surfer to beat as she commences her campaign for a sixth world crown and an unprecedented fifth Roxy Pro Gold Coast title.
Gilmore reclaimed her world no.1 ranking with her victory last year and said she is looking forward to competing at her favourite event and at her local break.
The Moskova Trials will commence at 8am (AEST) tomorrow morning and decide the remaining wildcard into both events.
When the men’s main event commences, up first will be defending Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast champion Taj Burrow (AUS), 34, up against Bede Durbidge (AUS), 30, and Raoni Monterio (BRA), 30, in Heat 1 of Round 1.
Running in conjunction with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will be Event No. 1 of 7 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 :
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), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Glenn Hall (IRL)