COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Monday, March 1, 2010) – The Roxy Pro Gold Coast, the opening event of the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, completed Round 1 this morning in clean two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Snapper Rocks, with the world’s best female surfers breaking the performance barriers yet again with unprecedented showings.
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, reigning three-time ASP Women’s World Champion, was this morning’s standout, racking up a 17.37 out of a possible 20 with unmatched panache on her forehand.
“I just went out there and caught a lot of waves and it’s pretty fat, but there are sections out there if you can sniff them out,” Gilmore said. “Tyler (Wright) fought back in the end which is really awesome, showing people that she might be combo-ed, but is going to fight back, so Round 3 is going to be really good.”
While only completing the opening round of the 2010 season, Gilmore’s performance today set the surfing world alight and put her fellow ASP Women’s World Tour competitors on notice.
“It’s only the first heat so we can’t get ahead of ourselves,” Gilmore said. “I’m just excited to see the level of surfing from all the girls today. They’re all ripping and it’s really good to see for women’s surfing. Of course I’m happy to advance through to Round 3 and we’ll see where we end up.”
Lee Ann Curren (FRA), 20, 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie and daughter of legendary three-time ASP World Champion Tom Curren (USA), 45, blitzed her opening heat of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, posting a 16.07 out of a possible 20 to advance directly through to Round 3.
“It’s my first heat being on the World Tour so it’s really important to win it and I’m so stoked,” Curren said. “I got some good scores and it was important to win that first heat because in Round 2 there is going to be some very hard heats.”
In a battle that saw the lead flip-flop between all three competitors, Curren pulled out the heat win with some last-second heroics that saw her post a 7.57 out of a possible 10 on the final wave of the heat, to take the lead.
“I didn’t get a lot of waves during the heat,” Curren said. “I had a good one at first and then waited so I was kind of scared that Sofia (Mulanovich) would get a really good score and come before me and finally I had that last wave, with a really good wall and I had so much fun on it.”
Coco Ho (HAW), 18, 2009 ASP Women’s World Rookie of the Year, survived a hard-fought Round 1 bout, with intense jockeying for position behind the rock going down between the three competitors.
“There was definitely not a lot of surfing and a lot more paddling behind the rock out there,” Ho said. “The two other girls in my heat are a bit older and they definitely took advantage of that, but I’m not a rookie anymore so I put my foot down and I actually had to say something to Claire (Bevilacqua) about it behind the rock, but it’s how it goes.”
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, has sent Round 2 out and will be web LIVE via www.quiksilverpro.com.au
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.20, Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.33, Paige Hareb (NZL) 9.53
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 11.70, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 9.07, Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 7.66
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.37, Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.54, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 9.73
Heat 4: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 12.00, Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.04, Nikita Robb (ZAF) 7.60
Heat 5: Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 16.07, Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 14.20, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.57
Heat 6: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 16.63, Amee Donohoe (AUS) 9.93, Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 6.90
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Bruna Schmitz (BRA), Nikita Robb (ZAF)
Heat 2: Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL), Claire Bevilacqua (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)