Taj Burrow: sliding feet | Photo: Cestari/WSL

The Brazilian surfing Armada impressed with three heat victories over Australian riders, as the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2015 enters Round 3 of competition, at Snapper Rocks.

After 11 consecutive lay days, pro surfers returned to the Superbank. In one of the most exciting heats of the day, Kolohe Andino and Jeremy Flores fought for a Round 3 seat. In the end, the American secured a narrow win over the Frenchman.

"I was planning on surfing my own heat and not worrying about him, but then I had to because he was surfing so good. I haven't been using a leash in about a week, so I was a bit nervous to throw one on, so I chose not to today," revealed Andino.

In the Fanning vs. Reynolds clash, the three-time world champion displayed dynamic turns and wrapping cutbacks to beat the most popular free surfer in the planet.

"It's our job to be ready every day. Being in the first heat kept me focused through all those lay days. You never really know what you‘re going to get with Dane. I didn't have a game plan; I just wanted to get up and get busy," added Mick.

Kelly Slater survived trials winner Jack Freestone with two solid scores. The Floridian used his experienced to stay in the competition. Not without a special recipe.

"During the lay days I surfed a bit, golfed a lot, ate and had massages. I'm waiting for the swell that's forecast, but any moment I hope it will pick up. There will be fun waves, and I hope it will be a nice size for the finish," concluded Slater.

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2015 | Round 2
Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.50 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.43
Kelly Slater (USA) 13.33 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 10.63
Glenn Hall (IRL) 12.77 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.67
Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.83 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.00
Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.17 def. Ricardo Christie (NZL) 9.84
Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.74 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 10.40
Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.83 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.53
Owen Wright (AUS) 16.60 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.33
Italo Ferreira (BRA) 11.67 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.10
Filipe Toledo (BRA) 16.47 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 13.10
Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 14.16 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 13.93
Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.10 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.00

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2015 | Round 3 Match-Ups
Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Nat Young (USA) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)
Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Freddy Patacchia Jr.
Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)
Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
John John Florence (HAW) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)

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