GOLD COAST, Queensland/Australia (Saturday, February 25, 2012) – The world’s best surfers have hit the water for the commencement of the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour season as Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover will commence at 11:15am in three-to-four foot righthanders at Snapper Rocks.
Event No. 1 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour season, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will feature the world’s best surfers including reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 40, 2011 ASP World Runner-Up and former event champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, Gold Coast stablemate Mick Fanning (AUS), 30, as well as the youth brigade represented by Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, Kolohe Andino (AUS), 17, and Julian Wilson (AUS), 23.
“We’re anticipating the conditions to improve throughout the afternoon with the tide dropping,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “The men’s Round 1 will commence at 11:15am and we expect to run all 12 heats of the opening round of competition.”
Up first this morning will be Adriano de Souza (BRA), 24, Kieren Perrow (AUS), 34, and Taylor Knox (USA), 40, in the opening heat of competition.
The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will be LIVE via http://quiksilverlive.com/progoldcoast/2012
The event will also be available on broadcast on FUEL TV Australia.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA),Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA), Garrett Parkes (AUS)
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 9: Alejo Muniz (BRA), Heitor Alves (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 11: Josh Kerr (AUS), Mick Fanning (AUS), C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 12: Damien Hobgood (USA), John John Florence (HAW), Tiago Pires (PRT)