Quiksilver Pro Round 1 Relocates To Duranbah Beach For 7:30am Start

ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS (ASP) INTERNATIONAL

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Stop No. 1 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour
Stop No. 1 of 8 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
February 28 – March 11, 2009
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Quiksilver Pro Round 1 Relocates To Duranbah Beach For 7:30am Start

DURANBAH BEACH, Australia (Saturday, February 28, 2009) – Event organizers at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by LG Mobile, event No. 1 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, have elected to relocate from the primary venue of Snapper Rocks to nearby Duranbah Beach for the commencement of Round 1, beginning at 7:30am.

“The surf is a bit small today on the points and the forecast for the coming days isn’t looking too promising,” Rod Brooks, Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Contest Director, said. “We’ve decided to run Round 1 of the men’s competition at Duranbah Beach this morning beginning at roughly 7am or 7:15am. There are some beautiful, little two-to-three foot waves rolling in at D’Bah and we look forward to a full day of competition.”

Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will provide the platform for a bevy of exciting and dramatic match-ups.

Kelly Slater (USA), 37, reigning and nine-time ASP World Champion, will begin his campaign for an unprecedented 10th Title at Duranbah Beach today. Slater will face Dayyan Neve (AUS), 30, and Daniel Wills (AUS) in Round 1 of competition.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 27, former ASP World Champion and two-time winner of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, will look to make it a hometown hat trick this season, beginning his ’09 assault against Ben Dunn (AUS), 23, and Phillip MacDonald (AUS), 29, in Round 1 today.

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile will open up competition with Jeremy Flores (FRA), 20, Dean Morrison (AUS), 28, and Dustin Barca (HAW), 27, battling it out in Heat 1 of Round 1 starting at 7:30am.

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile will be webcast LIVE via www.quiksilverpro.com.au

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Dean Morrison (AUS), Dustin Barca
Heat 2: Bobby Martinez (USA), Roy Powers (HAW), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS), Ben Dunn (AUS), Phillip MacDonald (AUS)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Drew Courtney (AUS)
Heat 5: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Marlon Lipke (DEU)
Heat 6: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Damien Hobgood (USA), Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA), Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA), Dayyan Neve (AUS), Daniel Wills (AUS)
Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Mikael Picon (FRA), Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 10: Taj Burrow (AUS), Dane Reynolds (USA), Corey Ziems (AUS)
Heat 11: Luke Stedman (AUS), Dean Morrison (AUS), Greg Emslie (ZAF)
Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Mick Campbell (AUS), Tim Boal (FRA)
Heat 13: Chris Ward (USA), Nathaniel Curran (USA), Greg Emslie (ZAF)
Heat 14: Kai Otton (AUS), Chris Davidson (AUS), Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)
Heat 15: Tim Reyes (USA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Nic Muscroft (AUS)
Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS), Gabe Kling (USA), Josh Kerr (AUS)