Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
presented by Land Rover
ASP World Title Event No. 1 of 11
Roxy Pro Gold Coast
presented by Land Rover
ASP Womens World Title Event No. 1 of 7
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
25 February 07 March 2012
Taj Burrow & Stephanie Gilmore win opening stop of the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 March, 2012 : - - Snapper Rocks -- The final day of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover culminated today with perennial ASP World Title threat Taj Burrow (AUS), 33, and four-time ASP Womens World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, taking the respective wins in clean two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at the primary venue of Snapper Rocks.
The opening stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast enjoyed sunny weather, light winds and a capacity crowd for the final day of competition, with the worlds best surfers putting on a spectacular display of high-performance surfing.
Burrow defeated dangerous South American Adriano De Souza (BRA), 25, in a Final that came down to the wire. De Souza caught a wave in the dying minutes and launched into a massive air-reverse, requiring a 7.87 out of a possible 10 to take the lead. The judges deliberated until after the siren sounded and when it was announced that De Souza came a mere 0.27 short, Burrow was chaired up the beach and declared the 2012 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast champion.
Taj Burrow © ASP / Robertson
I feel so good now! Burrow said. I had a really good event last year, but came up short in the Final against Kelly (Slater). Then today when I found myself against Adriano (De Souza), I was really nervous because he got me in a Final in Brazil last year. Hes really tough and I dont like competing against him to be honest. There was a lot of weight on my shoulders in that Final so its pretty rewarding to come out on top.
The ASP World Championship Tour will next head to Victoria, Australia for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, stop no. 2 of 10 in the race for the 2012 ASP World Title.
Ive been going for the ASP World Title for a while now, Burrow said. I dont know what to say. I just want to surf my best and hope that the rest falls into place. I love Bells. I love throwing on a full wetsuit and doing some big arcs in the Bells Bowl.
De Souza finished runner-up at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast for the second time, after coming 2nd to Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, in 2009. De Souza was easily one of the events top performers this season with gouging turns and inverted aerials taking him to a podium finish.
Im really happy with my result here today, De Souza said. It was such an amazing Final. Last year Taj (Burrow) and I had such a great heat here as well. It was one of the best heats of my life and he beat me. Its amazing to be on the podium here again. In 2009, it was me and Joel (Parkinson). Its a great way to start the year and Im happy to be back up here.
Stephanie Gilmore © ASP / Robertson
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, reigning four-time ASP Womens World Champion, her fourth Roxy Pro Gold Coast title after defeating ASP Top 17 sophomore Laura Enever (AUS), 20, in a hard-fought Final. Gilmore was dominant throughout the event, posting scores in the excellent range in every encounter throughout the draw. Gilmore jumps back to No. 1 on the ASP Womens World Championship Tour ratings, a spot she lost at this event last year after holding it for four years.
To be carried up the beach with your friends underneath you with thousands of people around has got to be one of the best feelings in the world, Gilmore said. It took me back to 2005 when I won here as a grom. Last year went so quickly and it felt like I didnt even exist on the rankings and that fire wasnt really there. This year its so good to have that back! My cheeks are so sore from smiling already.
Enever, who defeated Gilmore in the Quarterfinals of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast last year, today was unable to replicate last years magic but managed a career-best Runner-Up today against Gilmore. This is the first ASP Womens World Tour final appearance for Enever, who finished 10th on last years ratings.
Coming into this event I felt like a new competitor, Enever said. Im so stoked to make it all the way to the Final. It was so good to be out there with Steph (Gilmore). Shes coming back now which is great to see. Its a good way to start off the year. Im in the ASP Womens World Title race and its not a fluke. I want to be up here for the rest of the year and hopefully go one better next event.
Kelly Slater (USA), 40, reigning 11-time ASP World Champion and last years Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast winner was eliminated in the Quarterfinals this morning by Josh Kerr (AUS), 27. Slater had previously defeated Kerr four times on the 2011 ASP World Championship Tour and was a favourite to take the heat today. However, it was Kerr who advanced thanks to one of a massive forehand air-reverse in the final minutes of the heat.
If the waves were better I would be really bummed that I lost, Slater said. I got one at the end that I thought would be good, I went for the carving 360 and got stuck. Then I turned around and Josh (Kerr) was on a pretty nice one and he got that air at the end. Hes always going to be a threat in conditions like this where he can throw big airs. I got Josh a few times last year, we had four Quarterfinal battles last year where I got him, so he owed me a couple. It never feels good to lose, but Im happy for Josh. Im not sure if Im going to Bells. Im just going to go find some good waves in the next few weeks. Then Ill figure out what Im going to do for the year.
The next stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour will be the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford from April 3 14, 2012.
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST FINAL RESULTS:
1 Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.86
2 Adriano De Souza (BRA) 15.60
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 14.16 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.57
SF 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.56 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.20
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 16.43 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 13.73
QF 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.43 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 13.04
QF 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.56 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.30
QF 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.86 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.97
CURRENT ASP TOP 5 (After Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast):
1. Taj Burrow (AUS) 10,000 pts
2. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 8,000 pts
3. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 6,500 pts
3. Josh Kerr (AUS) 6,500 pts
5. Kelly Slater (USA) 5,200 pts
5. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 5,200 pts
5. Owen Wright (AUS) 5,200 pts
5. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 5,200 pts
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST FINAL RESULTS:
1 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.37
2 Laura Enever (AUS) 14.20
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Laura Enever (AUS) 16.70 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.17
SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.30 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.00
CURRENT ASP WOMENS TOP 3 (After Roxy Pro Gold Coast):
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10,000 pts
2. Laura Enever (AUS) 8,000 pts
3. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 6,500 pts
3. Tyler Wright (AUS) 6,500 pts
# 1 : Joel Parkinson & Jordy Smith stalk 2012 World Title
# 2 : Quiksilver and Roxy Pro launch at Snapper Rocks
# 3 : Kelly Slater dominates opening day of Quiksilver Pro
# 4 : Parko & Taj thru to Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 3
# 5 : Performance bar raised at Quiksilver and Roxy Pro...
# 6 : Quiksilver & Roxy Pros fire into quarters, semis
# 7 : Lay Day called for Quiksilver & Roxy Pro Gold Coast
# 8 : Lay Day #2 for Quiksilver & Roxy Pro Gold Coast
# 9 : Flat surf means Quiksilver & Roxy Pros Lay Day #3
# 10 : Quiksilver and Roxy Pros called off for today...
Source: Quiksilver / ASP
Author: Cathy Lallement / Dave Prodan
Tags: Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Roxy Pro Gold Coast, World Tour, ASP
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