Hawaiian Fred Patacchia is one of the most respected voices in surfing. A formidable competitor, ASP Rookie of the Year in 2005, the smooth and polished goofyfoot was never backwards about coming forward. So, after retiring in 2015 who better to ask about the first event of the 2016 season? Here's Freddy P's form guide ahead of the Quiksilver Pro Snapper Rocks.

Felipe Toledo

“He’s a freak and impossible to beat at small Snapper.”

The unquestionable favourite especially if the forecast is small. Photo: Joli If the forecast remains similar to last year's event, expect Fily to fly. Photo: Joli

John John Florence

“John John is starting to realize being talented isn't enough. He's slowly maturing into a talented competitive athlete and that’s scary.”

Will John John bring a smart contest game to the Gold Coast? Photo: WSL/Kirstin C'mon John John, let's see a finals appearance at Snapper. Photo: WSL/Kirstin

Mick Fanning

“Cause he's Mick F&*king Fanning! God given talent, dedicated athlete, best competitive mind in surfing and a genuine human being.”

insert-Mick-wsl He might only be competing in select events this season but you can guarantee Mick will be giving it his all at Snapper. Photo: WSL/Kirstin

Julian Wilson

“Jules has all the tricks and should be winning events.”

A runner up in 2015, Jules will be looking for redemption and to get his season off to a flying start. Photo: WSL/Swilly A runner up in 2015, Jules will be looking for redemption and to get his season off to a flying start. Photo: WSL/Swilly

Gabriel Medina 

“He’s the best Goofy in the business and never gives up in a heat.”

insert-Medina A winner in 2014, Gabriel Medina can certainly light up Snapper Rocks. Photo: WSL/Kirstin

Matt Wilkinson

“Just cause I want him to do good. He's my wildcard.”

With Micro Hall in his corner and a win at Surfest Matt Wilko might be on a roll. Photo: Joli With Micro Hall in his corner and a win at Surfest Matt Wilko might be on a roll. Photo: Joli

Adriano De Souza 

"He’s the current World Champ and always finds a way to make it to the Quarters.”

Having spent the last month on the Gold Coast, expect Adriano to have an intimate relationship with the bank. Photo: Joli Having spent the last month on the Gold Coast, expect Adriano to have an intimate relationship with the bank. Photo: Joli

Jeremy Flores

“I get the feeling this is going to be Jeremy's best year to date.”

insert-f9961bf7af061c1594fac20acf2a2828 After a positive 2015, Jeremy Flores will be looking to pick up where he left off. Photo: WSL/Swilly

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Heat Draw:

Round 1 Match-Ups:

Heat 1: Italo Ferreira, Keanu Asing, Ryan Callinan

Heat 2: Julian Wilson, Michel Bourez, Adam Melling

Heat 3: Filipe Toledo, Jadson Andre, Stuart Kennedy

Heat 4: Gabriel Medina, Caio Ibelli, Sebastian Zietz

Heat 5: Mick Fanning, Matt Banting, TBD

Heat 6: Adriano de Souza, Kolohe Andino, TBD

Heat 7: Jeremy Flores, Adrian Buchan, Davey Cathels

Heat 8: Kelly Slater, Matt Wilkinson, Conner Coffin

Heat 9: Nat Young, Kai Otton, Alex Ribeiro

Heat 10: Josh Kerr, Taj Burrow, Kanoa Igarashi

Heat 11: Jordy Smith, Wiggolly Dantas, Miguel Pupo

Heat 12: Joel Parkinson, John John Florence, Jack Freestone

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Heat Draw:

Round 1 Match-Ups:

Heat 1: Tyler Wright, Johanne Defay, Alessa Quizon

Heat 2: Bianca Buitendag, Nikki Van Dijk, Coco Ho

Heat 3: Carissa Moore, Chelsea Tuach, TBD

Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue, Sage Erickson, Bronte Macaulay

Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons, Malia Manuel, Laura Enever

Heat 6: Stephanie Gilmore, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Keely Andrew