Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 3 Photos

Brazil’s Adriano De Souza took out fellow countryman and Oakley stablemate Jadson Andre to hand the 2010 ASP World Tour rookie a 17th place finish to kick off the year. They’re also staying in the same house here on the Goldy, which could make for some interesting dinner table conversation… Photo: Checky

Brazil’s Adriano De Souza took out fellow countryman and Oakley stablemate Jadson Andre to hand the 2010 ASP World Tour rookie a 17th place finish to kick off the year. They’re also staying in the same house here on the Goldy, which could make for some interesting dinner table conversation… Photo: Checky

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by Land Rover
Stop No. 1 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour
Roxy Pro Gold Coast
Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia
February 27 – March 10, 2010

Taylor Knox just barely lost out to Adrian “Ace” Buchan and will begin his 2010 campaign with a 17th … not the result “Captain America” was looking for. Photo: Checky

Taylor Knox just barely lost out to Adrian “Ace” Buchan and will begin his 2010 campaign with a 17th … not the result “Captain America” was looking for. Photo: Checky

World’s Best Light Up Snapper Rocks for Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 3

SNAPPER ROCKS, Queensland/Australia (Wednesday, March 3, 2010) – With pumping three-to-five foot (1 – 2 metre) waves running down the point at Snapper Rocks today, Round 3 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover went off in front of a capacity crowd on the beach and hundreds of thousands watching online and FUEL TV.

In a low scoring affair, Aussie wildman Chris “Davo” Davidson took out Tom Whitaker and will match up against Taj Burrow in round four of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Photo: Checky

In a low scoring affair, Aussie wildman Chris “Davo” Davidson took out Tom Whitaker and will match up against Taj Burrow in round four of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Photo: Checky

The opening event of the 2010 ASP World Tour season, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast has consolidated the greatest assemblage of surfing talent in history, and with one of the most iconic pointbreaks in the world firing throughout the day, the world’s best put on an incendiary performance.

Scoring only 6.67 points out of 20, it’s fair to say that 2010 rookie Owen Wright had a shocker against Taj Burrow. Owen wasn’t only rookie that had a bad day however—none of them made it passed round three. Photo: Checky

Scoring only 6.67 points out of 20, it’s fair to say that 2010 rookie Owen Wright had a shocker against Taj Burrow. Owen wasn’t only rookie that had a bad day however—none of them made it passed round three. Photo: Checky

Bede Durbidge (AUS), 27, current ASP World No. 3, proved the form surfer of the day, posting a near-perfect 19.30 out of a possible 20, to dispatch of Luke Munro (AUS), 27, in their Round 3 bout. Durbidge blended deep tube rides with progressive forehand gaffs en route to his emphatic victory, even posting the day’s highest single wave score of a 9.93 out of a possible 10.

Taj Burrow firing past highly touted rookie Owen Wright. Photo: Checky

Taj Burrow firing past highly touted rookie Owen Wright. Photo: Checky

“I just made that barrel and I just didn’t even care what happened after that,” Durbidge said. “I just went for it. On the ride back on the ski, I was thinking I probably should have finished that wave for the 10, but it’s all good.”

A former Runner-Up at the event, Durbidge is one of the most dangerous surfers at Snapper Rocks, and will look to post a strong result to open up his 2010 ASP World Tour campaign.

It seems that backsiders like Bobby Martinez are dead set on getting a goofyfoot onto the podium of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Martinez dashed Andy Irons’ hopes of a triumphant return to the WCT with a convincing win over the three time World Champion. Photo: Checky

It seems that backsiders like Bobby Martinez are dead set on getting a goofyfoot onto the podium of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Martinez dashed Andy Irons’ hopes of a triumphant return to the WCT with a convincing win over the three time World Champion. Photo: Checky

“All my family and friends and here and there’s so much hype around this event, being the first of the year, I would love to win this event,” Durbidge said. “It makes all the difference. There’s a lot more energy for you, and waves come your way.”

Dean “Dingo” Morrison and coach/mentor Rabbit Bartholomew. Dingo, past champion of the Quiksilver Pro, uncharacteristically bowed out in round three to fellow Aussie Kai Otton. Photo: Checky

Dean “Dingo” Morrison and coach/mentor Rabbit Bartholomew. Dingo, past champion of the Quiksilver Pro, uncharacteristically bowed out in round three to fellow Aussie Kai Otton. Photo: Checky

Durbidge will face current ASP World No. 14 Kieren Perrow (AUS), 33, in Round 4 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.

Kelly Slater (USA), 38, former nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 6, negotiated the varying afternoon conditions today, putting in a solid performance against 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 24, in Round 3.

Mick Fanning proved to be too much for Huntington Beach’s Brett Simpson to handle and the 2010 rookie packs his bags for Bells looking to improve upon a 17th. Photo: Checky

Mick Fanning proved to be too much for Huntington Beach’s Brett Simpson to handle and the 2010 rookie packs his bags for Bells looking to improve upon a 17th. Photo: Checky

“It’s a tough call sitting super deep because you can take off too deep or get one that doesn’t barrel and there are a lot of bumps,” Slater said. “My first one looked pretty nice, but I couldn’t come out and it went from a 10 to a 2, so it’s a challenge out there.”

Damien Hobgood looked sharp on his backhand in the midday high tide conditions as he took out Luke Stedman. Photo: Checky

Damien Hobgood looked sharp on his backhand in the midday high tide conditions as he took out Luke Stedman. Photo: Checky

Slater has drawn South African wunderkind Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, in Round 4 of competition.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, reigning two-time ASP World Champion, continued his searing form through Round 3 today, besting 2010 ASP World Tour rookie Brett Simpson (USA), 25, with an intimate rapport with the Snapper Rocks sand bank.

Always a class act, Taylor Knox takes time for a young fan here on the Gold Coast of Australia. Photo: Checky

Always a class act, Taylor Knox takes time for a young fan here on the Gold Coast of Australia. Photo: Checky

“It’s pretty tricky out there,” Fanning said. “It’s high tide and I don’t really it. I’ve seen a couple in the heat before with Dingo (Morrison) and Kai (Otton), and then Steds (Stedman) and Damo (Hobgood). I thought I could have sat a little bit deeper and I was lucky enough just to get two waves like a 6 and I got that good one (9.07). I just looked for waves that would allow two turns at the start.”

Surfing without a major clothing sponsor, Luke Stedman bowed out in round three and will look to regroup before the tour heads south to Bells Beach. Photo: Checky

Surfing without a major clothing sponsor, Luke Stedman bowed out in round three and will look to regroup before the tour heads south to Bells Beach. Photo: Checky

Fanning will take on compatriot Kai Otton (AUS), 30, in Round 4 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.

Adriano de Souza (BRA), 23, current ASP World No. 5, put on a clinic in the opening heat of the day, amassing a 16.10 out of a possible 20 to eliminate compatriot and travelling partner Jadson Andre (BRA), 19.

Kai Otton’s lethal backhand helped him to advance over Dingo. Photo: Checky

Kai Otton’s lethal backhand helped him to advance over Dingo. Photo: Checky

“I feel great to get through that heat and the waves are really fun,” De Souza said. “It’s hard surfing against Jadson (Andre). He’s my roommate and team member and he’s a really good surfer. He may be a rookie, but he’s really smart and he’s a dangerous surfer.”

De Souza, who finished Runner-Up in the event last season, is enthusiastic about his prospects at the 2010 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, and is confident that a solid result at Snapper Rocks is possible.

Dingo would have preferred to have his heat run in low tide conditions as opposed to the high tide stuff that helped his opponent Kai Otton take out the former event champion. Photo: Checky

Dingo would have preferred to have his heat run in low tide conditions as opposed to the high tide stuff that helped his opponent Kai Otton take out the former event champion. Photo: Checky

“I would love to go one better this year and win on the Gold Coast,” De Souza said. “I have been working really hard in the off season, training and with my boards, and I feel ready for 2010.” De Souza will face current ASP World No. 23 Adrian Buchan (AUS), 27, in the opening heat of Round 4 when competition resumes.

As only the local boys can do, Mick Fanning prepares to jump off the razor sharp rocks at Snapper Rocks… even the leather footed Hawaiians don’t walk on that shit. Photo: Checky

As only the local boys can do, Mick Fanning prepares to jump off the razor sharp rocks at Snapper Rocks… even the leather footed Hawaiians don’t walk on that shit. Photo: Checky

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start. Highlights from the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover will be available via www.quiksilverpro.com.au

For the first time in the events’ storied nine-year history, the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast events are being televised LIVE on FUEL TV in Australia, beaming the world’s best surfing right into your living room.

2009 ASP World Champion Mick Fanning looked damn near impossible to beat in his round three matchup against Brett Simpson. Next up for Fanning is Kai Otton… Photo: Checky

2009 ASP World Champion Mick Fanning looked damn near impossible to beat in his round three matchup against Brett Simpson. Next up for Fanning is Kai Otton… Photo: Checky

To find out how you can watch the world’s best surfers in one of the world’s most iconic pointbreaks LIVE on FUEL TV, check out www.foxsports.com.au/fueltv. From the Quarterfinals onward, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will also be broadcast LIVE via ESPN in Brazil.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

Unable to duplicate his US Open magic where he beat Mick Fanning in the final, Brett Simpson bowed out of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast with a 17th place finish. Photo: Checky

Unable to duplicate his US Open magic where he beat Mick Fanning in the final, Brett Simpson bowed out of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast with a 17th place finish. Photo: Checky

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.00 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.46
Heat 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.10 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 13.70
Heat 3: Chris Davidson (AUS) 11.00 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 9.27
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.84 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 6.67
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.16 def. Andy Irons (HAW) 11.26
Heat 6: Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.73 def. Luke Stedman (AUS) 13.40
Heat 7: Kai Otton (AUS) 13.97 def. Dean Morrison (AUS) 12.60
Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.74 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 10.43
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.63 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.20
Heat 10: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.17 def. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 12.64
Heat 11: Daniel Ross (AUS) 13.54 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.00
Heat 12: Dane Reynolds (USA) 13.57 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.23
Heat 13: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 19.30 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 7.37
Heat 14: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 13.06 def. Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.43
Heat 15: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.37 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 7.56
Heat 16: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.23 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 14.77

Maui’s first representative on the WCT, Dusty Payne, showed moments of brilliance but couldn’t get past an in-form Joel Parkinson. Photo: Checky

Maui’s first representative on the WCT, Dusty Payne, showed moments of brilliance but couldn’t get past an in-form Joel Parkinson. Photo: Checky

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 4 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 2: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 4: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 6: Daniel Ross (AUS) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)

With the tide dropping out fast and the swell pulsing, even Snapper’s best surfers like Joel Parkinson had to push the eject button a few times. Photo: Checky

With the tide dropping out fast and the swell pulsing, even Snapper’s best surfers like Joel Parkinson had to push the eject button a few times. Photo: Checky

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