Josh Kerr: the Gold Coast aerialist

The ASP 2014 World Championship Tour kicks off with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, to be run between 1st-12th March, in Queensland, Australia.

Eleven tour stages, and 34 professional surfers. Kelly Slater is preparing to defend his 2013 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast victory, while Mick Fanning starts the season with the world title in his hands. What can we expect from 2014?

Everybody is looking for a strong, fresh start. The first surfers to hit the water in 2014 are Julian Wilson, Jeremy Flores and Travis Logie. An Australian, a French man, and a South African charger. It can't get any better.

The ASP 2014 World Championship Tour roster has 13 Australian surfers, seven Brazilians, five Americans, three Hawaiians, two South African wave riders, one Polynesian, one French, one Portuguese, and one Spanish surfer.

There will be a complete separation of the rankings. The ASP 2014 Championship Tour results will be counting exclusively to the WCT rankings, while ASP Prime and Star results will be counting exclusively to the ASP Qualification Series (QS) rankings.

2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Matchups:

Heat 1: Julian Wilson x Jeremy Flores x Travis Logie
Heat 2: Taj Burrow x Miguel Pupo x Dion Atkinson
Heat 3: Jordy Smith x Fred Patacchia x Brett Simpson
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson x Bede Durbidge x Tiago Pires
Heat 5: Kelly Slater x Matt Wilkinson x TBA
Heat 6: Mick Fanning x Adam Melling x TBA
Heat 7: Kai Otton x Adiran Buchan x Raoni Monteiro
Heat 8: Nat Young x Sebastien Zietz x Aritz Aranburu
Heat 9: Josh Kerr x Filipe Toledo x Mitch Crews
Heat 10: Jon John Florence x Gabriel Medina x Jadson André
Heat 11: CJ Hobgood x Adriano de Souza x Alejo Muniz
Heat 12: Michel Bourez x Owen Wright x Kolohe Andino