COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Monday, March 1, 2010) – The world’s best female surfers will hit the water for the first time this year, with Round 1 of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast scheduled to open up competition at Snapper Rocks at 9am this morning.
The first event of the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour season, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast kick-starts the ASP Top 17 at one of the most iconic pointbreaks in the surfing world and today’s Round 1 action features some dynamic match-ups.
“We still have clean waves on offer this morning and we are going to wait for the high tide to pass before getting underway with the girls at 9am,” Rod Brooks, Roxy Pro Contest Director, said. “We’ll be monitoring conditions between now and then, but we’re scheduled for a ‘go’ at 9am. Adding even more excitement to the opening event of the season, for the first time in history, women’s surfing will be televised LIVE on FUEL TV Australia.”
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, reigning three-time ASP Women’s World Champion, will kick-start her 2010 campaign today, battling Bruna Schmitz (BRA), 19, and Trials Winner Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, in the opening round of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast.
Up first this morning will be Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 19, Paige Hareb (NZL), 19, and Carissa Moore (HAW), 17, in the opening Round 1 heat.
For the first time in the event’s storied nine-year history, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast is being televised LIVE on FUEL TV in Australia, beaming the world’s best surfing right into your living room.
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
The Roxy Pro Gold Coast will feature the world’s best female surfers from February 27 through March 10, 2010 and will be web LIVE via www.roxypro.com.au
The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover, running in conjunction with the Roxy Pro, is on standby this morning.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL), Carissa Moore (HAW)
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Bruna Schmitz (BRA), Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 4: Silvana Lima (BRA), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Nikita Robb (ZAF)
Heat 5: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), Lee Ann Curren (FRA)
Heat 6: Melanie Bartels (HAW), Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Amee Donohoe (AUS)
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Garrett Parkes (AUS)
Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Blake Ainsworth (AUS)
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Craig Anderson (USA)
Heat 4: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 5: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Blake Thornton (AUS)
Heat 6: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Marco Polo (BRA)
Heat 7: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 8: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 9: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 10: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Nathan Yeomans (USA)
Heat 11: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) vs. Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 12: Mick Campbell (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 13: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 14: Ben Dunn (AUS) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 15: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)
Heat 16: Drew Courtney (AUS) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)