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

Red Bull 21 Days: Buchan/Wilkinson

Red Bull 21 Days Buchan Wilkinson

Red Bull 21 Days: Buchan/Wilkinson (Part 1)

Red Bull 21 Days: Buchan/Wilkinson (Part 1)

The tale of two goofy foots leading up to the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Here are the first installments of this year’s Red Bull 21 Days series.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Matt Wilkinson is the most unique personality on the world tour, someone who trainer Andy King says the tour needs. His colourful lifestyle has given Wilko a perhaps less-committed approach to competition than most of his competitors in the past, but after nearly missing out on requalification last year, he’s realised that some changes need to be made in 2014.
– Elliot Struck

For the entire 21 Days series:aspwedge.com/surfers