- 17 March 2017 | Surfing
Competition heats up at Snapper Rocks, as the world's best surfers battle for a spot in Round 4 of the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, in Australia.
With the famous right-hander peeling down the line in the three-to-five foot range, John John Florence unleashed his technical experience to defeat Mikey Wright in Round 3.
"Mikey Wright is such a gnarly competitor especially. That wave I got was smaller, which is why Mikey didn't take it knowing there was time left. It had a nice long wall, so I got to surf the whole way through and had a few barrels," explained the 2016 world champion.
Adriano de Souza is another top seed making his way through to the next round. The Brazilian had incredible support from the fans in the beach.
"Snapper is such a special place for me. After I won the title at Narrabeen, I came here to surf, so I have a good relationship it and so many memories," revealed De Souza.
Joel Parkinson posted one of the highest two-wave totals of the day. The 2012 ASP world champion applied his pragmatic surf to the waves he knows well and eliminated Miguel Pupo from the competition.
"Round 3 can sometimes be a stumbling block for me, but I came out of the gates well. I played the heat as I saw it. After the weird rain, things started flowing. Snapper and I have a mutual relationship. I definitely love surfing here, and it's proved to love me back," said Parkinson.
But the moment of the day belonged to Italo Ferreira. The Brazilian surfer landed a stunning 540 air rotation, and earned a Perfect 10 from the judges.
"That 10 is probably the best wave of my life and definitely helps my confidence. It's fun to mix it up and try new things in heats and it's awesome when that leads to a perfect 10 in a CT heat," stated Ferreira.
When competition resumes, Kelly Slater and Frederico Morais will surf one of the most anticipated heats of the early rounds. The 11-time world champion will face the Portuguese rookie sensation Frederico Morais, who has already knocked him down in 2013.
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2017 | Round 3 Results:
Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.87 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.84
Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.93 def. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 12.07
Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.10 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.60
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.24 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.54
Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.60 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 13.27
John John Florence (HAW) 15.47 def. Mikey Wright (AUS) 14.17
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.30 def. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 17.00
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2017 | Round 3 Match-Ups:
Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)
Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Connor O'Leary (AUS)
Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Frederico Morais (PRT)
Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Ian Gouveia (BRA)