In surfing, you learn to expect the unexpected especially when surfers from around the world gather for one (or two) epic event. The Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro held in Gold Coast were no exceptions, as fans witnessed amazing display of skills, camaraderie and comebacks. Here are some noteworthy things we saw from the first stop of the World Tour.
Never count out a comeback.
It was a weekend of comebacks, as we saw Owen Wright and Stephanie Gilmore bag the win in their respective divisions. Owen was out for the entire 2016 season after suffering a severe head trauma while Steph had not won a title since 2014. Mick Fanning may have not made it to the finals but he marked his comeback with a solid performance, even beating King Kelly Slater during Round 1.
The champs still mean business.
Aside from the fact that the “Queen of Snapper” and 6-time WSL Champion Steph Gilmore won it all, there were still a lot of notable performances from other world champions in the roster. Tyler Wright posted the highest heat total in Round 2 of Roxy Pro. Joel Parkinson had the highest single wave score in Round 1 of the men’s. Both John John Florence and Gabriel Medina made it to semifinals. We can go on, but you get the idea.
Fear the goofy footers.
These surfboard riders may not be your usual players, but they’ve earned their spot in the surfing community as well. They started at Snapper, and they’re ready for more. Nine finalists have put their right foot forward and proved they’re not to be taken lightly. Owen was proclaimed the champion, after all.
Not all first-timers make mistakes. Some surfing rookies have put the same effort as much as the pros have. Ethan Ewing scored a 9.10, not bad for his first ride. Ezekiel Lau battled against Jordy Smith in Round 3 and scored a 10.00. Connor O’Leary has managed to beat pro surfers Julian Wilson, Owen Wright and Jordy Smith in various rounds, landing him a spot at the Quarterfinals. Bronte Macaulay may be a first-time competitor, but she proves that she’s really the daughter of a legendary surfer. They might be rookies, but they’re ready to take on the waves just like pros are too.
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