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Roxy Pro Gold Coast kicks off at Snapper

Carissa Moore © ASP/Cestari




Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
presented by BOQ

Roxy Pro Gold Coast
presented by BOQ

Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour event #1
Gold Coast, Queensland Australia
1 - 12 March 2014

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Roxy Pro Gold Coast Rips Through Round 1 of Competition

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 March, 2014 - Coolangatta - The Roxy Pro Gold Coast was called ON today for Round 1 in two-to-three foot waves. There were standout performances from reigning two-time ASP Women's World Champion, Carissa Moore, and rookies Alessa Quizon and Dimity Stoyle. Hawaiian rookie, Alessa Quizon, reigned supreme over South Africa's Bianca Buitentag and five-time ASP Women's World Champion and local favorite, Stephanie Gilmore.

Quizon scored a 7.93 out of a possible 10 for an explosive series of backhand turns and drew an interference on Gilmore, which effectively took the veteran out of heat contention. Gilmore will face Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in Round 2 Heat 5.

"Steph (Gilmore) knows how to surf this wave and I thought of course I had to draw her in heat one of my rookie year," Quizon said. "I went into the heat super nervous, I was shaking and falling on my first few waves. Then I knew I had to get a good wave and not fall off. It's tricky out there, one wave Steph and I were both going and I don't think she knew I had priority, but I just kept going. Winning that heat takes a lot of pressure off."

Stephanie Gilmore faulted her priority mistake for the loss. “I think that priority mistake really caught me off guard. I learnt something; it’s always good to come out from a Heat learning something and you can take that into your next Heat", said Gilmore. "Sudden death is always a hard one and I don’t particularly want to be in Round 2 but I get to surf the beautiful Snapper Rocks again, which is one of my favorite things to do.”

Tyler Wright © ASP/Cestari


Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Heat 2:
Pauline Ado (FRA) won her opening heat at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast by the narrowest of margins, finishing only 0.10 ahead of Californian Courtney Conlogue (USA). Ado has been in Australia warming up for this event for the last few weeks and her extra time in the water has paid off as she selected the best waves in the tricky conditions and maximized use of her priority.

"It was a nerve-racking heat," Ado said. "I knew I needed a good score and Courtney (Conlogue) and Nikki (Van Dijk) kept catching waves too so I didn't really know what I needed. I have some experience now, but the first heat of the year is always hard. We're all off training for a few months and you never know what everyone's been doing so you don't really know what to expect."

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Heat 3:
Carissa Moore (HAW), reigning two-time ASP Women's World Champion, continued to build on her dominant form from 2013 in her first ASP Women's WCT Heat for 2014. Moore scored an excellent 9.00 (out of a possible 10) for a series of powerful carving turns, throwing big fans of water with every carve to easily win the Heat and earn the right to skip Round 2 and advance directly into Round 3.

"My biggest worry out there was finding the right waves," Moore said. "I had a lot of fun and I'm just happy to open up with a key win. There's so much excitement around this event with the effort put forth by the ASP to really improve the women's side of the Tour, getting some great venues back and just supporting us and making us more equal to the men has been great. I don't think it's ever been better."

Dimity Stoyle © ASP/Cestari


Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Heat 4:
Defending Roxy Pro Gold Coast Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) got the best of Hawaiian Alana Blanchard and rookie Johanne Defay (FRA). Wright ended her Heat with an 8.13, opening her Roxy Pro campaign with a dominant Round 1 performance.

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Heat 5:
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) consistently netted mid-range scores but it wasn't enough to defeat Paige Hareb of New Zealand. Hareb capitalized late in the affair on her backhand, the powerful goofy-footer punctuating the Snapper walls. Fitzgibbons will face fellow Australian, and event wildcard, Keely Andrew in Round 2 Heat 3.

"Last year I never even skipped the second Round so that's a bonus for me already for the first Heat of the year," Hareb said. "It's really exciting to be here, I love it. It's a preview for what the whole year is going to be like so that's awesome. I have Chelsea Hedges training me, she's a goofy footer as well and has won this event before. She has helped me out a lot."

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Heat 6:
Australia's Dimity Stoyle earned the day's high single wave score, 9.13, for a barrage of powerful forehand gouges. Rookie Stoyle won out against America's Lakey Peterson and Hawaii's Coco Ho making her Roxy Pro Gold Coast debut in strong fashion.

"I seriously couldn't have started my year better," Stoyle said. "I didn't know what to expect when I was coming into this event, I was hoping I could just get some high scores. They score really hard and you have to get some really good waves and surf really well to get in the excellent range, so I can't believe I just scored a 9 and 8 in my first heat."

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 11.83, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 9.93, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 7.00
Heat 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.93, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.83, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 9.04
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.57, Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.96, Keely Andrew (AUS) 8.93
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.06, Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.50, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 11.00
Heat 5: Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.23, Laura Enever (AUS) 11.90, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.50
Heat 6: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 17.13, Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.67, Coco Ho (HAW) 10.17

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA), Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW), Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Johanne Defay (FRA)
Heat 5: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Laura Enever (AUS)

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