Black & White Backstage At The Quiksilver Pro
By Col Bernasconi | 25 February 2012
All photos: natesmithphoto.com
Owen Wright: His run for the line against Bede Durbidge and Kai Otton came painfully late for his supporters (in heat two of the round), but a wins a win in this surfing game. His intense post heat towel down a sign he was making a pact with himself to not be so tardy in round three.
Taylor Knox: Perhaps fittingly a Brazilian won heat one of round one of the 2012 ASP World Tour. Adriano De Souza slipped past evergreen Sandiegan Taylor Knox. Brazilian surfing is the strongest it’s ever been, both in the water with the Brazo-force of surfers and on land as an industry. With the tide still high, it must be said De Souza’s win was achieved without any titillating highlights. A sweet barrel ride by T Knox was not enough to turn things his way.
Jadson Andre: The Brazilian goofy footer puts the time in and is on hand to watch every heat and plan his attack – but it didn’t pay dividends and he’ll need to refresh before he tackles Frenchman Jeremy Flores in round two.
Sally Fitzgibbon: Still smiling from her Australian Open win at Manly, Sally breezed past Sage Erickson and Laura Enever (and then Nate Smith’s camera in the surfer’s area).
Kieren Perrow: “ We held off running (mens round one) too let the tide go out a bit,” Kieren told Tracksmag.com. “That means there’s a chance we won’t finish the whole round, but that can’t be helped. Do you check with the guys in the last heats before making those decisions? We asked him. “You can’t talk with everyone before making those calls.” Case in point; does KP have too much on his plate, worrying about others? Distracting him from the selfish task at hand?
Ace Buchan: Beating Julian Wilson on a count back didn’t bother Ace Buchan, but did Julian Wilson’s cheater five nose block piss him off? We haven’t asked yet, but it will become a point of discussion (and something we’ll explain soon).
Dusty Payne: IN short; Dusty is out with ankle ligament damage, but he did make the day in sick bay watching interesting by withdrawing 1000 bucks cash for heat result gambling with mates. How’d he go? Find out tomorrow.
Kai Otton: Losing a heat is one thing, having a back injury as well is another altogether. Kai, thanks to a swiss ball incident is bent out of shape and looking for answers – his round two heat will not be pain free (unless he beats Julian Wilson by a country mile).
Steph Gilmore: Happy Gilmore hated handing the ASP World Crown to Carissa more at the ASP banquet, she will be hard to stop in 2012. Killer smile, killer surfer.
Yadin Nicol: Like a bad omen, WT rookie Yadin Nicol thought he was locked out of the apartment block he shares with team Tracks early this morning. Despite the door being wide open, Yadin could not see a way in… The door would shut on him out Snapper later in the day in his heat however.
Taj Burrow: Waxing up his new quiver of Matt Biolos shaped Mayhem sticks (Firewires???) pre-heat Taj looked ready to rumble. Some uncharacteristic falls had him on the back foot against Freddy Patacchia in their heat however, and the Hawaiian took to the gap and finished strong. Taj now has Dane Reynolds in round two – ouch.
Sal Masekela: ASP awards host and all round surf fan, Sal, appears to be everyone’s best mate and it’s not surprising really – dude’s got a good sense of humour and even takes the piss out of himself at every oppitunity. We Aussie’s love that.
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1 RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 13.83, Taylor Knox (USA) 10.66, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 7.70
HEAT 2: Owen Wright (AUS) 12.37, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.34, Kai Otton (AUS) 10.37
HEAT 3: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 11.63, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 10.37, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 9.60
HEAT 4: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.43, Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.43, Brett Simpson (USA) 11.27
HEAT 5: Adam Melling (AUS) 15.70, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.43, Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.90
HEAT 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.80, Garrett Parkes (AUS) 12.73, Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.60
HEAT 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.83, Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.83, Travis Logie (ZAF) 8.67
HEAT 8: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.00, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.96, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.60
HEAT 9: Heitor Alves (BRA) 14.36, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.17, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.87
HEAT 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.77, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.67, Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.00
HEAT 11: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.26, Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.67, CJ Hobgood (USA) 11.84
HEAT 12: John John Florence (HAW) 19.60, Damien Hobgood (USA) 16.50, Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.50
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) VS. Garrett Parkes (AUS)
HEAT 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) VS. Dane Reynolds (USA)
HEAT 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) VS. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
HEAT 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) VS. Kai Otton (AUS)
HEAT 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF) VS. Taylor Knox (USA)
HEAT 6: Alejo Muniz (BRA) VS. Travis Logie (ZAF)
HEAT 7: Josh Kerr (AUS) VS. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
HEAT 8: Damien Hobgood (USA) VS. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
HEAT 9: Jeremy Flores (FRA) VS. Jadson Andre (BRA)
HEAT 10: Kieren Perrow (AUS) VS. CJ Hobgood (USA)
HEAT 11: Bede Durbidge (AUS) VS. Tiago Pires (PRT)
HEAT 12: Brett Simpson (USA) VS. Kolohe Andino (USA)
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