Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Pundit Picks Groundswell

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Pundit Picks Groundswell 2015

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Pundit Picks Groundswell 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

Groundswell, the Fantasy Surfer forum moderator, lays down his Hot & Cold Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pundit picks for 2015. For his detailed write-ups and other WSL contest picks, check out his forum posts.

HOT: Fanning, Parko, Medina

COLD: Hall, Simpson, Flores

BOOM OR BUST: Dusty, Ricardo, JJF

CAUTION: Jordy, ADS, Taj

– Groundswell -more-

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Red Bull Power Rankings: Post-Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

Red Bull Power Rankings: Post-Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2014 ASP

Power Rankings: Post-Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

Power Rankings: Post-Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

In the Red Bull Power Rankings: Post-Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Derek Rielly peels away the scores and talks about who really ripped.

A world title requires a temporary, or in Slater’s case a long-term, psychosis. Everything must bow before the crown, family, pals, behaviour. Taj is forged from a different metal. Nothing to Taj is as important as a 700-dollar cup made by a small trophy company in South Australia. And, still, Taj is the bridge between the teenagers and the old schoolers. The most complete competition surfer on tour. -more-
– Derek Rielly

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Highlights: Final Rounds

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Highlights: Final Rounds 2014

1.) Gabriel Medina–The Giant Killer
Check out these final waves from Medina. Mind blowing comebacks three heats in a row.

Quarterfinals: Medina gets a 9.40 with 5 minutes left to take out Mick Fanning, the defending World Champion.

Semifinals: Medina gets a 7.23 with 40 seconds left to take out Taj Burrow, the 2012 Gold Coast Champion.

Finals: Parko opened with a quick 9.00 and backed it up with a 7.27. With 7 minutes left, Medina was comboed and needed two waves to win. He got them–first an 8.50 and then a minute later a 7.83. …as Mac said in his 1:15 am text to me: “Medina…CLUTCH!”

2.) Parko–Unstoppable…almost
Parko looked unstoppable. He was getting shacked over and over again–more than anyone else by far. He just knew where to be. Medina took the event, but Parko’s overall performance was unreal. Here are a few waves worth watching.

Quarterfinals: 8.93 vs Pupo

Semifinals: 9.93 vs Adriano (Adriano didn’t know what hit him)

Finals: 9.00 vs Medina

3.) Interviews

Freddy-P: Freddy-P was not happy that he didn’t get the final score he needed to get past CJ in R5.

Mick: I just thought this was a cool, chill interview for a guy who just lost a big heat to an underdog.

Slater: Slater sounded a little rattled after his loss to Adriano (who is now 5-0 vs The King in their last five). Here’s to hoping they meet again at some point this year–you know Slater will be gunning to take him out.

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Highlights: R3

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Highlights: R3

Flores’ interference on Adriano: Ya, Adriano had priority, and ya, Flores could have put the brakes on a little harder, but Adriano could have easily taken off on this wave without running into Flores. Flores received an interference call that cost him the heat. It was a cheap move by Adriano. As you can see from the clip, Flores was PISSED. I would have been too.

Owen’s wave at the buzzer: Having nailed the highest single wave score of the round (9.73), Owen only needed a 6.31 to win the heat. On his last wave, he pulled a pretty technical maneuver early, and was on his way to the heat win until he bogged a rail on an easy turn and fell. That little fall cost him the heat. Gutting.

Interview with CJ: Even CJ thinks Manimal got ripped off with CJ’s win over Melling. “I don’t even know what happened ’cause it didn’t feel like I ripped any waves by any means.” Great interview.

Slater’s 9.07: Ya, Slater rules. This is probably my favorite wave of the round.

Nat’s 9.00: Not a lot of variation, but Nat tears this wave up.

Owen’s 9.73: Great back-hand surfing.

Pupo’s 8.87: He surfed well in this heat.

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Pundit Picks by Shea Lopez

2014 ASP Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Pundit Picks

Shea Lopez was on the World Tour for 10 years until a horrific knee injury at Pipe sidelined him in 2005. Here are his Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2014 pundit picks:

http://www.surfermag.com/features/snapper-picks/

Here’s a video of him talking about his injury (warning…not for the faint of heart):

Shea Lopez career ending knee injury at Pipe.

Shea Lopez’s career ending knee injury at Pipe.

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Great White Shark

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Great White caught near contest site 2014

The organizers at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast have some big hopes for the upcoming swell ’cause they decided not to run with waves like these. The pros headed out with the massive crowds:
http://www.surfline.com/surflinetv/primetime/snapper-rocks-freesurf_107279

A great white shark was caught metres away from the contest site on March 5, 2014:
http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/gold-coast/monster-great-white-shark-caught-just-metres-from-roxy-pro-surfers-on-gold-coast/story-fnj94idh-1226847383108