COOLANGATTA, Queensland/AUS (Wednesday, December 21, 2011) – The world’s best surfers will again be returning to the Gold Coast early next year when the holiday capital hosts the calendar’s two biggest surfing events.
The iconic point break of Snapper Rocks will be the focus of the surfing world when the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro presented by Land Rover will be held from 25th February to 7th March to start the 2012 ASP Men’s and Women’s World Tour.
The 12-day Quiksilver Pro will showcase the world’s best including 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), and local heroes, World No.2 Joel Parkinson (AUS) and two-time World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS).
The 2012 World Tour also promises to be one of the most exciting with a young brigade including Australian hopefuls Owen Wright (AUS) and Julian Wilson (AUS), South Africa’s Jordy Smith (SAF), John John Florence (HAW), Kolohe Andino (USA) and Brazilian young gun Gabriel Medina (BRA) determined to make a strong start to their tilts at the World Title.
The Roxy Pro also opens an incredibly exciting Women’s World Tour with defending World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) facing an enormous challenge from all sides including four-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), World No.2 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and World No.4 Tyler Wright (AUS).
Boasting a US$535,000 prize pool, the event needs six days for completion during the 12-day window. The main event site overlooks the world famous righthand pointbreak of Snapper Rocks and if a cyclone swell appears the Gold Coast’s southern points – all within walking distance of each other – will put on a show to remember from Snapper through to Greenmount and onto Kirra.
Each venue allows fans a magnificent view of the world’s best surfers in action and once the day’s competition is over the southern end of the Gold Coast comes alive with a bursting nightlife ensuring the event is also one of the most popular on the World Tour.
Both events will be webcast live on QuiksilverPro.com.au, RoxyPro.com.au, Youtube, Facebook and the Quiksilver iPhone app as well as exclusively telecast on Fuel TV. For all the action, interaction, heat alerts, competitions and the latest information visit quiksilverpro.com.au or roxypro.com.au.
The 2012 Quiksilver and Roxy Pro presented by Land Rover is supported by Events Queensland, Corona, Telstra, Schick Hydro, Peters Drumstick, Red Bull, Olympus Cameras, Vegemite SurfGroms, Lipton Ice Tea, Surfing World magazine, Coastalwatch, Gold Coast Airport, Gold Coast City Council, Connecting Southern Gold Coast, World Safaris and Fuel TV.
• 2012 Quiksilver and Roxy Pro presented by Land Rover is scheduled for 25th February – 7th March and will be webcast live on quiksilverpro.com.au, roxypro.com.au, Youtube, Facebook and the Quiksilver iPhone app as well as exclusively telecast on Fuel TV
• The Moskova Trials will be held on Friday, 24th February with the winner to join surfing’s elite in the main event
• The waiting period for the contest starts on 25th February. A decision on whether or not to run the contest is made on the day after assessing the conditions. The same goes for each day in the waiting period. Surfing action normally gets underway by 8am
• Get more info at quiksilverpro.com.au or roxypro.com.au
For more information, log onto ASPWorldTour.com