Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Ross Williams’ Pundit Picks 2015Ross Williams gives his start ’em, sit ’em list for the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast at Snapper or Kirra.
Start ‘Em: JJF, Julian, Dusty
Sit ‘Em: ADS, Freddy-P, CJ
Snapper Rocks is a perfect example of why picking winners come with nuances. Sure, the wave is epic, but it doesn’t exactly lend itself to everyone’s strengths. It has a camouflaged takeoff zone in that it’s difficult to pick the right wave. The difference between the second and third wave in a set can be the difference between a midrange score and a 10!
Not every wave hits the sand perfectly and that’s where the locals have an advantage. The wave is tough to read. Surfers need to know when to speed up and slow down, when to hammer a turn and when to tuck into a pit. The wave demands your attention and makes you pay if you have poor timing or if you use a forced rhythm. Tides are also a huge influence at Snapper. Many surfers will — or at least they should — have two types of boards with them on the Gold Coast: One for high tide, which can be fat and mushy, and one for low tide, which is dredged-out with very little room in the pocket.
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