Stab Magazine | Where's our golden sand? (Act I)
171 Views

Where’s our golden sand? (Act I)

Mick Fanning didn’t stand in the competitors area before his heat today at the Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast. And why would he? While the surfer’s deck usually looks directly into the competition area, which usually begins behind the rock at Snapper, this year it looks into a whole lot of poorly-placed sand. The debris from […]

news // Mar 8, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Mick Fanning didn’t stand in the competitors area before his heat today at the Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast. And why would he? While the surfer’s deck usually looks directly into the competition area, which usually begins behind the rock at Snapper, this year it looks into a whole lot of poorly-placed sand. The debris from recent storms has jammed the sand pump and resulted in a 30 percent sand output. The energy required to run it isn’t worth the results, so there’s no pump running. That means that the event this year is all about Rainbow Bay and not Snapper. Thus, Mick’d chosen to stand where he could actually see the lineup, watching carefully between waxing up and sending texts, with his trainer Andy King standing closely behind. Eight minutes before his heat, he ran out to the point, collected his jersey, dived in, then beat Willian Cardoso and Sebastian Zietz.

“When I was younger, I mostly stuck to Snapper Rocks and Kirra,” said Mick. “But since the sand has filled in, I’ve spent a lot of time surfing through Rainbow Bay. It’s a fun wave and provides a nice wall for a variety of manoeuvres. Compared to Snapper and Kirra though, I think Rainbow probably lessens the local advantage as it’s a pretty user-friendly canvas.”

And Sebastian’s debut to the world tour was, as most debuts are, impressive but a little anticlimactic. He certainly wasn’t without his moments, though – that frontside jam of his sizzles! Today, in fact, was all about face work. The judges were sending silent messages in their scoring to signal this fact – Travis Logie posted the day’s highest heat total (18.20) by doing frontside cutbacks for his bottom turns (picture it), straight up into the lip.

What everyone believed would be heat of the day, wasn’t quite as good as expected, but still full of fireworks. Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds and Kolohe Andino. “A lot of people were really expecting a shootout between me and Dane for some reason, I think also because Kolohe didn’t have a real standout year last year,” said Kelly afterwards. “I mean, I think Kolohe’s had all the talent in the world for years, but last year was a pretty slow year for him. So I think just based on that, people weren’t expecting a whole lot from him. But I knew what he’s capable of, I surf with Kolohe a lot.”

Kelly, on his 5’6″ five-fin Weirdo Ripper (“I’ve been riding fours long enough, I’m ready to go five!”), cleaved through fat spots with the same panache as ever. Dane, on a 5’9″ #4 looked a little lost, despite showing flashes of absolute brilliance in small treats. Kolohe, on a 5’11” Mayhem, showed that why he deserves to be on tour with some burning pocket wraps and one particularly good closeout wallet drop. Not dissimilar to one that Mr John John Florence did.

“It was kinda frustrating but all good,” said John. “I kinda just went for it on that one. I had a good little section, so…” And can y’believe John had his board waxed all the way to the nose? Like, the whole thing? Even more impressively, there were compressions right up there on the nose, too. When asked about comparisons to Kelly Slater (whose foot you’d never find on his nose), John said: “Oh, I don’t know about that, Kelly’s Kelly, and he’s got 11 world titles. I’m just having fun surfing. I’m just gonna go out and have fun, which is what I did last year.” Ain’t that the truth. The argument could be made that, with the current conditions (no tubes, terrible air wind), this could be John’s worst event this year. But today, he won, and may well continue to.

Other things you should know? Gabriel Medina injured his ankle to the point of not being able to walk without assistance. The water patrol cleaved through one of Josh Kerr’s waves but he simply ollied the wake and kept surfing. Julian Wilson won despite an interference. Filipe Toledo did a huge alleyoop that you should make your business to catch in Heats On Demand. And Kelly Slater opted to paddle all the way back up the point, rather than running up the beach after his heat. When asked what he was thinking, he replied “I was thinking I wouldn’t have to walk back through thousands of people.”

Watch it all live tomorrow, here. – Elliot Struck

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: 
Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.50, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 12.70, Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.94
Heat 2: Travis Logie (ZAF) 18.20, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.10, Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.07
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) 15.00, Kai Otton (AUS) 14.80, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.40
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.24, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 14.57, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.10
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.04, Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.73, Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.34
Heat 6: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.76, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.73, Brent Dorrington (AUS) 15.37
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.67, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 14.97, Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.20
Heat 8: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 15.60, Nat Young (USA) 11.90, Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.13
Heat 9: Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.15, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.63, Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.40
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.43, Owen Wright (AUS) 15.67, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.50
Heat 11: Brett Simpson (USA) 15.13, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.76, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.23
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.93, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.63, Glenn Hall (IRL) 15.07

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: 
Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Brent Dorrington (AUS)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 5: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 6: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 7: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 8: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Nat Young (USA)
Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 10: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 12: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)

ROXY PRO GOLD COAST QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: 
Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

Red Bulls, Crypto Bears, Former’s Six-Figure Fish, Tyler’s Multi-Millions And More

A brief catalog of the latest surf industry news and whispers.

Jan 31, 2023

20:37

“Definitely The First Time I’ve Gone Surfing Via Plane”

Parker Coffin, Harrison Roach, and friends tear through NZ on Roark's most well-rounded surf trip…

Jan 30, 2023

Pipe Preview: This Year Feels Different

With John and Gabs healthy — and the arrival of the femme next-gen — here’s…

Jan 29, 2023

WSL Tells Competitors: ‘You Better Like Them Apples’

Will mandating competitors to wear Apple Watches make the 2023 tour more or less engaging?

Jan 29, 2023

Stab Surfer of the Year: John John Florence, Italo Ferreira, Balaram Stack, Rolo Montes, and Shaun Manners

Day 9: "You can't do better than his year last year." - John John Florence

Jan 28, 2023

Full Moon Surfs, Impassable Puddles, And A Few Nights Spent Sleeping In A WSL Commentary Booth

A reader-submitted collection of nonconformist surf stories.

Jan 27, 2023

Kael Walsh Now Owns A Bitcoin, And Watched One Crypto Video

He’s officially your Stab Edit Of The Year champion.

Jan 27, 2023

Carissa Moore And Finn McGill Are Your 2023 Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Champions 

They both pocket $50k and tickets to this year’s Vans Pipe Masters.

Jan 27, 2023

38:24

The Pick-Up, Presented By Vans, Episode 5

Mason Ho helps us ring in our final week on the North Shore.

Jan 27, 2023

Goofyfoot Brazilian World Champion Stars In Stab’s Biggest Board-Testing Franchise

Can you guess who?

Jan 26, 2023

Surf Community Rallies To Raise Funds For Eddie Winner And On-Duty Hawaiian Lifeguard Luke Shepardson

Because it's the right thing to do, of course.

Jan 26, 2023

Interview: Caity Simmers On Machete Wars, Rihanna, Personal Project Problems, And The Rise Of Female Surf Content. 

A toast to ‘Toasted.’

Jan 25, 2023

Stab Surfer of the Year: Creed McTaggart, Albee Layer, Laura Enever, Dane Guduaskas, and Selema Masekela

Day 8: "65 years young and charging just as hard as ever at Pipe, Backdoor,…

Jan 25, 2023

“I’m Not A Big Wave Guy”

How Kai Paula accidentally made his mark at Jaws three weeks after surfing it for…

Jan 24, 2023

Everyone Went.

A toes in the sand, phone in the lagoon account of the 10th Eddie Aikau…

Jan 24, 2023

Breaking: Another CT Rookie Injured Before First Event

Sophie McCulloch pulls out of Pipeline due to Snapper Rocks snafu.

Jan 23, 2023

23:26

Watch: ‘Toasted,’ By Caity Simmers

Your favorite surfer directs, edits, and stars in her first feature film. 

Jan 23, 2023

On-Duty North Shore Lifeguard Luke Shepardson Wins The Eddie Aikau

Local man prevails over 39 big-wave heavyweights at 29ft @ 19 seconds Waimea.

Jan 23, 2023
Advertisement