ASP World Tour: Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Results And Round 3 Matchups
The first eight heats of Round 2 at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2010 were completed this afternoon. The great conditions provided the perfect opportunity for some top-notch surfing in the man-on-man eliminations at Snapper Rocks.
The opening event of the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast is off to a great start after the completion of Round 1 of the women's Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, current ASP World No. 11, recovered from a lackluster Round 1 performance with the highest heat total of today, a 17.86 out of a possible 20, dominating the running righthanders with his barrels and gaffs.
"You always want to try to impress the crowd and whoever's watching but you just got to slow it down sometimes and just try to get the scores," Smith said. "I just surf like 70% or 80% then, in the later rounds, I just give everything."
Contributing to Jordy Smith's victory today was a near-perfect 9.93 out of a possible 10 (the highest scoring wave of the day), for a super deep forehand barrel that got him a standing ovation from the tens of thousands who had gathered to watch the competition.
"I kind of got lucky on that one wave," Jordy Smith said. "It was such a good wave. I'm sure anyone could have had a good score. I'm just lucky I got it. It was kind of slow in the beginning and then walled up all the way down the bank."
Dane Reynolds (USA), 24, current ASP World No.10, was another highlight of this afternoon's glassy conditions, posting an impressive 17.33 out of a possible 20, eliminating 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie Blake Thornton (AUS), 29.
"I was happy they ran it today," Reynolds said. "The other morning, I kind of got sacrificed for the tide because they have to start at a certain point to finish the round, and the first heat they're going to start in bad surf. But today it's really fun out there and they made a great call."
Despite today's win in Australia, the young Californian remains humble and guarded as he looks forward to the remainder of the 2010 ASP World Tour, citing equipment uncertainty as amongst his chief concerns.
"I was actually really nervous before surfing today because I've been riding a ton of boards and surfing really terrible," Reynolds said. "I've just been really confused with the surf here because I'm coming from surfing California the last two months where it's high interval swells and there's a lot of energy to it."
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.84 def. Garrett Parkes (AUS) 11.83
Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.93 def. Blake Ainsworth (AUS) 12.76
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) 10.07 def. Craig Anderson (USA) 8.70
Heat 4: Damien Hobgood (USA) 15.57 def. Neco Padaratz (BRA) 13.73
Heat 5: Dane Reynolds (USA) 17.33 def. Blake Thornton (AUS) 10.23
Heat 6: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.86 def. Marco Polo (BRA) 10.27
Heat 7: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 14.87 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.37
Heat 8: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 16.10 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 15.56
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST REMAINING ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 9: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 10: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Nathan Yeomans (USA)
Heat 11: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) vs. Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 12: Mick Campbell (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 13: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 14: Ben Dunn (AUS) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 15: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)
Heat 16: Drew Courtney (AUS) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Bruna Schmitz (BRA), Nikita Robb (ZAF)
Heat 2: Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
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