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Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Surf Contest 2008QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST 2008

WCT Event #1
February 23 - March 5, 2008
Snapper Rocks: Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia

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Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2008 – Eight-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) is once again World No. 1 after beating Reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) at his home break of Snapper Rocks.

Kelly Slater Wins The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2008

Slater defeated Fanning 17.94 to 15.23 to claim his second Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast title and position himself atop the ratings for the first time since claiming his last ASP World Title in 2006.

“It’s really satisfying,” Slater said. “I didn’t feel like I really got into motion last year. Obviously Trestles was good with a win, but the end of the year was pretty lackluster for me. Even getting into the Quarters today I was thinking, ‘This is the best result I’ve had in six months’ It just felt great.”

Slater and Fanning have now met in ASP competition nine times; Slater leads the exchange 5 to 4. Notably, previous to his win today, Slater had not beat Fanning since 2003. Both surfers have now won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast twice – Fanning in 2005 and 2007 and Slater in 2006 and 2008.

“Mick is definitely the best competitor in the world right now,” Slater said. “He makes very few mistakes and surfs the face of the wave real well time and again. He’s one of those rare guys who can come from behind or take control from the front and pull out the big manoeuvres to get the big scores when he needs to.”

Compliments aside, Slater had no reservations about beating the Reigning and ASP and Quiksilver Pro Champion at home in front of a capacity crowd.

“Feel bad about beating Mick at home? Not in the least,” Slater said. “He’s won this event twice, I had to catch up.”

Slater has hinted that he will compete on the 2008 ASP World Tour selectively and has gone so far as to say he won’t surf the next event in Bells Beach. He made similar statements in early 2006, but after winning the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper, decided to go to Bells anyway. He won the ASP World Title for the eighth time that year.

“Yea, I was in the same position back in 2006 and didn’t decide on Bells until two days before,” Slater said. “The one thing that got me over the edge was the swell forecast and the fact that I was in Australia at the time. I was sort of at a low point personally with a lot of things and the event sort of kept my mind off it for a week or two while I was there – it kind of got me in the swing of things for the year and I was coming off a lot of confidence from the year before, so the wins where coming easy in heats. I seemed to be making the right choices in the water and riding that wave of confidence from the year before.”

Slater’s wins didn’t come easily today. He had to beat 3X ASP World Champion Andy Irons (HAW) in the Quarters and 2007 Rookie of the Year Jeremy Flores (FRA) in the Semis prior to his heat with Fanning today.

“I’ve never get to surf against Andy (Irons) until the finals and we haven’t surfed against each other in a two man heat in about two and a half years,” Slater said. “In that heat against Jeremy (Flores) I had very little energy and I really had to push it on my one big score. It’s good to win a contest, but to beat the top guys to get there is even better.”

Fanning, who took the World No. 1 spot with a win at this event last year, had not relinquished the top spot until today. He had the highest scoring wave of the Final heat – a 9.33 – but needed to back it up with an 8.61 he never found.

“I wanted another wave to come through and unfortunately for me it didn’t happen but Kelly surfed amazing all event and he’s the greatest surfer of all time,” Fanning said. “I was just praying for another wave but it didn’t come.

Fanning had to beat an in-form Bede Durbidge (AUS) and Dean Morrison (AUS) prior in the day to earn his Final berth this afternoon.

“I didn’t know exactly how I was going to go in this event, but I felt really relaxed the whole event and did things when I needed to,” Fanning said. “I just needed one more little wave to pop up but it didn’t happen.”

Fanning’s Semifinal clash against Durbidge was a repeat of last year’s event Final which Fanning won.

“It’s crazy that we met here again,” Durbidge said. “I wanted to get him so bad, but he’s just been surfing so well and he was the better man out there. It’s still a good start to the year though. I wanted to put myself up amongst the top contenders and up there on the ratings.”

Durbidge, who is now rated equal 3rd behind Slater and Fanning, won the last event of the 2007 ASP World Tour in Hawaii and finished the season World No. 5. He was hoping to better his 2007 Quiksilver Pro result and win at Snapper Rocks, but failed to find the 8.73 he needed to change the situation. The 8.50 he did manage with minutes to go was close, but not close enough.

“I’m a little bit disappointed, but it was a good heat that came down to the wire and Mick just got me in the end,” Durbidge said. “It was so close it was frustrating, but it was tricky and a little bit smaller and I tried my hardest and just didn’t come through.”

Jeremy Flores (FRA) also finished equal 3rd today. Despite opening the heat strong and pressuring Slater to find a combination of two excellent scoring rides to beat him, Flores eventually lost the heat 15.47 to 15.17.

“It’s a great result for me in the first event,” Flores said. The heat was pretty close but I think I could have surfed better. I didn’t really open up my surfing too much in this competition, I could have surfed a whole lot better, but I’m happy with my result and losing to Kelly in the Semifinal is not too bad.”

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The next event on the 2008 ASP World Tour will take place in Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Australia from March 18-29, 2008.

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Final Results:
Final: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.94 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.23

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.23 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 16.70
Semifinal 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.47 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.17

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Quarterfinal Results:
Quarterfinal 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 16.66 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.34
Quarterfinal 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.34 def. Dean Morrison (AUS) 13.06
Quarterfinal 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.94 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.16
Quarterfinal 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.00 def. Andy Irons (HAW) 10.94

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.73 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 10.17
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.50 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 11.17
Heat 3: Dean Morrison (AUS) 15.60 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.34
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.34 def. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 10.10
Heat 5: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.84 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.00
Heat 6: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.34 def. Tim Reyes (USA) 10.40
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.50 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.50
Heat 8: Andy Irons (HAW) 15.50 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 11.67

ASP World Tour Ratings after the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 1200 points
2. Mick Fanning (AUS) 1032 points
3. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 876 points
3. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 876 points
5. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 732 points
5. Dean Morrison (AUS) 732 points
5. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 732 points
5. Andy Irons (HAW) 732 points
9. Ben Dunn (AUS) 600 points
9. Taylor Knox (USA) 600 points
9. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 600 points
9. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 600 points
9. Taj Burrow (AUS) 600 points
9. Tim Reyes (USA) 600 points
9. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 600 points
9. Kai Otton (AUS) 600 points

For all Top 45 ASP ratings visit www.aspworldtour.com.


COORDINATES: 28.10 S, 153.33 E

BAGGAGE CLAIM: Gold Coast Airport, Coolangatta (OOL)

TRANSPORTATION: Public transport is pretty good on the Goldy and they don't really mind you bringing boards on the buses. It can be a bit frustrating though when you're stuck at D'Bah and have to wait 40 minutes before you're pulling in at Burleigh - if you crave mobility, rent a car or buy a junker.

ATTITUDE: Serving as the kickoff event to the ASP World Tour season, the Quiksilver Pro on Australia's Gold Coast is responsible for emitting a certain electricity into the air around "Cooly" come contest time. When the best surfers in the world descend on the wave-laden beaches of the "Goldy", all proverbial hell breaks loose. Clubs and casinos overflow with an influx of surf stars and their cohorts while fans and media flock the beaches to froth over the talent.

THE WAVE(S): The Quiksilver Pro is a mobile beast boasting a ridiculous number of world-class waves all within a stone's throw of one another' precisely the reason that half of the world's best reside there. The Quiksilver Pro sets up shop at Snapper Rocks but can relocate to Kirra, Burleigh or Duranbah should the Superbank not behave.

PERKS: If Huey is a frothing, party-going surfer, then the Gold Coast is surely heaven. Wind no good at Duranbah? Simply head to one of the several world-class protected points within arm's reach. Not big enough at the points? Quick drive and a paddle to South Straddie should set you up nicely. The possibilities are endless, and performance barriers are being shattered here every minute.

PERILS: Best watch who you're dropping in on. There's a good chance you could be snaking Dean "Dingo" Morrison, Joel "Parko" Parkinson, Mick "Eugene" Fanning or Jay "Bottle" Thompson, and really, is that something you want to do?

APRES SURF: More than enough mayhem to engage in. Pubs, casinos and clubs galore. Conrad Jupiter's up at Broadbeach is usually the venue of choice to go spending all your prize money, but if you're not in the mood for gambling, go get your swerve on at one of the many classy clubs in Surfer's Paradise, or just go have a pint down at the local club with the locals.

ASP WORLD TOUR HISTORY: The Gold Coast has been home to world class professional surfing for decades, but only recently have the fabled pointbreaks been called into ASP World Tour duty. Formerly an ASP WQS 6-Star venue, Quiksilver staged their inagural Quiksilver Pro ASP World Tour event at Snapper in 2002. Since then, it's been one barrier-breaking event after another.

NOTABLE: Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater have kicked off their most recent ASP World Title campaigns with wins at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast - Slater nearby Duranbah Beach after a cyclone tore up the Superbank and Fanning claiming last year's barrel-fest. Mick Fanning's victory at the 2005 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast completed the "Cooly Kids'" competitive domination of the venue. With fellow Coolangatta stable mates Joel Parkinson and Dean Morrison winning the event in 2002 and 2003 respectively, Fanning's win rounded off the hometown trio's trifecta. To make the victory even sweeter, it was Mick's first event back since his near career-ending injury the previous season.

2007: Mick Fanning (AUS)
2006: Kelly Slater (USA)
2005: Mick Fanning (AUS)
2004: Michael Lowe (AUS)
2003: Dean Morrison (AUS)
2002: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
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APS WCT Tour 2010 Schedule

Mens's Division

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
Feb 27-Mar 10, Gold Coast Qld-Australia
Rip Curl Pro Bells
March 30 -April 10, Bells Beach Victoria-Australia
Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro
April 23-May 2, Santa Catarina Brazil
Billabong Pro J-Bay
Jly 15-25, Jeffreys Bay South Africa
Billabong Pro Teahupoo
Aug 23 - Sept 3, Teahupoo Taiarapu-Tahiti
Hurley Pro Trestles
Sep 12-21, Trestles California-USA
Quiksilver Pro France
Sep 25-Oct 5, South West Coast France
Rip Curl Pro
Oct 7-18, Peniche, Portugal
Rip Curl Pro Search
Oct 30-Nov. 10 - Somewhere?
Billabong Pipeline Masters
Dec 8-20, Banzai Pipeline Oahu-Hawaii

Women's Division

Roxy Pro Gold Coast
Feb 27-Mar 10, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells
Mar 30-April 10, Bells Beach Victoria, Australia
TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival
Apr 11-16 Taranaki – New Zealand
Commonwealth Bank Beachly Classic
Apr 21-26, Dee Why,Northern Beaches, NSW-Australia
Movistar Peru Classic presented by Rip Curl
June 8-13, Lobitos-Peru
Rip Curl Pro
Oct 7-11, Peniche-Portugal
Rip Curl Search
Oct 30-Nov 4, Somewhere
Gidget Pro
Nov 24-Dec 6, Sunset Beach Oahu, Hawaii
Billabong Pro Maui
Dec 8-20 Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii

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