- 05 March 2013 | Surfing
The 2013 ASP World Tour has kicked off with Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, at Rainbow Bay, Australia.
Clean two-to-three foot (one metre) waves greeted the world's best surfers and the first performances demonstrate that the season has a lot on offer.
Travis Logie, 32, took top honors posting the day's high heat total of an 18.20 out of a possible 20 for a series of critical backhand combinations.
"It feels so good to start the year off with a heat win," Logie said. "The past few seasons, my starts have been inconsistent, but I'm healthy, I have good boards under my feet and I feel like I'm surfing at the highest level of my career".
Mick Fanning used his local knowledge of the venue and razor-sharp precision to tear apart the reeling righthanders of Rainbow Bay.
"It's a new year and everyone is feeling fresh," Fanning said. "When I was younger, I mostly stuck to Snapper Rocks and Kirra, 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 maneuvers. Compared to Snapper and Kirra though, I think Rainbow probably lessens the local advantage as it's a pretty user-friendly canvas".
Kelly Slater sealed a strong come-from-behind win over up-and-comer Kolohe Andino and wildcard Dane Reynolds.
"It's always motivating surfing against good surfers," Slater said. "Dane (Reynolds) is one of the best surfers on the planet and Kolohe (Andino) is starting to come into his own. I think it's the same as everyone though. We can enjoy our off seasons, but then we all come back here and it's game on again."
John John Florence, 20, continued his momentum from last season today, exhibiting a unique blend of style and progression to post a solid Round 1 win.
"It's a new year and everyone is excited to be here," Florence said. "I've had a pretty good off season. It was short, but I was able to do some different things like travel to New York and recharge and get ready for the year. The level of surfing on tour is the highest it's ever been and it's exciting to be a part of".
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2013 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