Ozmageddon 2012: Behind The Scenes At The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
OZMAGEDDON 2012: Behind The Scenes At The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
Day 4 Blog Update
This morning at Snapper for day four of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. The surf has dropped off a bit but the water has cleaned up now that the rain has let up. A lot of people have been complaing of sinus congestion and sore throats from the runoff, especially those that have been surfing Duranbah, which sits right next to the Tweed River.
After riding a few waves on his thruster, Kelly Slater made some kind of hand signal to his pit crew and they swooped into action, bringing down two different boards for the 11-time World Champ to choose from. He opted for a round pin quad with a little trailer fin that looked like an oversized guitar pick. According to Travis Lee from Channel Islands, Kelly felt that the thruster wasn't working in tight spots and was for more drawn out turns. His board swap turned out to be a good move as he went on to dominate the heat and move into the quarterfinals.
TWS' Jason Jackson and I picked up a couple of brand spanking new shred sleds from our friends at JS Industries today. The one on the left is a 6'0" x 18.75 x 2.25" thruster and the one on the left is a 6'1" x 19" x 2.5" and has five fin boxes giving you the option of riding it as a quad, thruster, or a five finner ala Slater this morning.
Surf tip: When you get a new stick, apply the wax in a criss cross fashion—it'll help create beads as opposed to just smooshing on.
Afternoon conditions at Snapper as seen from the VIP tent. Don't know how I got in there but the free beer and food is much appreciated!
Joel Parkinson gets swarmed by the media after dropping the first perfect 10-point ride of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Parko took down Julian Wilson in one of the better heats of the day. He'll match up against another big and strong regularfoot when he surfs against Jordy Smith in the quarterfinals. Who's your money on?