The final day of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover has been called ON this morning, with the men's Quarterfinals commencing at 8:30am in two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at the primary venue of Snapper Rocks.
The opening stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour season, the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast will host an exciting finale today as the world's best surfers look to claim the first jewel in this season's race for the crown.
The swell has filled in more since yesterday and we'll be commencing competition at 8:30am, Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. Looking at the long-range models for the remainder of the window, we believe today will have the best conditions on offer and we've decided to finish the men's and women's events. Good luck to all our remaining competitors.
The Roxy Pro Gold Coast Semifinals will be an all-Australian affair with 2011 ASP Rookie of the Year Tyler Wright (AUS), 17, up against Sydney-sider Laura Enever (AUS), 20, in the opening bout and 2011 ASP Women's Runner-Up Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 21, facing four-time ASP Women's World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, in Semifinal 2.
The remaining field in the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast is just as stacked with reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 40, Jordy Smith (ZAF), 24, Taj Burrow (AUS), 33, and Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, the heavy favorites in a very elite group of Quarterfinalists.
Up first this morning will be Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, against Owen Wright (AUS), 22, in the opening heat of the men's Quarterfinals.
UPCOMING QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
QF 1: Adriano De Souza (BRA) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS) QF 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
QF 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
UPCOMING ROXY PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINALS MATCH-UPS:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)
SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)