Kelly Slater: oh no, he is back

Kelly Slater and John John Florence stood out in the first day of surfing at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2012. The shifty three-to-four foot (2 meter) surf at Snapper Rocks saw Slater telling everybody how committed with pro boardriding.


The 11-time world champion scored a massive 18.80 (out of a possible 20) in the first 10 minutes of his opening heat of 2012, against Kolohe Andino and event trials' winner Garrett Parkes.

"30 seconds before our heat started I saw a really good one behind the rock," Slater said. "So my plan was to wait for the deep ones. If you watch the heats and see who won and how they won, it's all about wave quality. The waves are fun when you get them, you just have to catch the second wave of the set because the first waves comes through and cleans it all up."

John John Florence is pumped, too. He posted the highest heat total of the day, a near perfect 19.60 (out of a possible 20). This is Florence's first Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and he was the only 2012 rookie to notch a Round 1 win today.

"Last night was my first time surfing at Snapper, it's an amazing wave!" Florence said. "I knew there was some good ones out there, I was out at this time last night and I got a couple. I so happy right now, I was stoked to just get those two waves, but to win the heat with some good scores is even better. I'm having a lot of fun."

Owen Wright scored an epic come-from-behind victory in an all-Australian heat against Bede Durbidge and Kai Otton. Durbidge took control of the heat early, but failed to find a backup score after posting the highest wave score of the heat and was overtaken by Wright who managed to find two good scores.

"It was a really tough heat!" Wright said. "I was out of position for a while at the start, I tried to get a couple of quick scores but it didn't really work out. Then in the last 15 minutes I decided to wait and be more selective, and I got that wave that I got the score on and I was stoked because it had a nice wall on it. There was a couple of sections to do finners, so I thought I'd fin it to win it."

Mick Fanning, two-times ASP World Champion and former event winner, was on point in his Round 1 heat at the Quiksilver Pro today. Fanning used his local knowledge to position himself in the best spot to capitalise on the available tube rides, finishing the waves off with his signature speed carves.

"It's great to be at home," Fanning said. "The neck injury at the end of last year wasn't great, I missed Pipe and spent a lot of time on the couch. Coming in to this event I guess you never know what to expect until you hit the water, Kerrzy (Josh Kerr) and I have had some great battles out here over the years. I didn't have the best start to that one, but after a few waves, run arounds and rock jumps I got a couple of scores."

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1 RESULTS:

HEAT 1: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 13.83, Taylor Knox (USA) 10.66, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 7.70
HEAT 2: Owen Wright (AUS) 12.37, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.34, Kai Otton (AUS) 10.37
HEAT 3: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 11.63, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 10.37, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 9.60
HEAT 4: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.43, Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.43, Brett Simpson (USA) 11.27
HEAT 5: Adam Melling (AUS) 15.70, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.43, Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.90
HEAT 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.80, Garrett Parkes (AUS) 12.73, Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.60
HEAT 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.83, Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.83, Travis Logie (ZAF) 8.67
HEAT 8: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.00, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.96, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.60
HEAT 9: Heitor Alves (BRA) 14.36, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.17, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.87
HEAT 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.77, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.67, Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.00
HEAT 11: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.26, Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.67, CJ Hobgood (USA) 11.84
HEAT 12: John John Florence (HAW) 19.60, Damien Hobgood (USA) 16.50, Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.50