Huge upsets at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2015

March 12, 2015 | Surfing
Filipe Toledo: sharp and focused | Photo: Kirstin/WSL

It was a marathon of surfing. The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2015 has reached the quarterfinals, not without major upsets: Gabriel Medina, Kelly Slater, John John Florence and Joel Parkinson are out of the game.

There you go. The quarterfinalists have been decided, and the 2014 world surfing champion will have to sit on the beach watching his four fellow Brazilians still in competition. Interestingly, there are only Australians and Brazilians fighting for the title at Snapper Rocks.

Mick Fanning was able to eliminate Dusty Payne in Round 3, and then he went on to win through Round 4 in a stacked heat against Adriano de Souza and Bede Durbidge for a place in the quarterfinals.

"Once you get to these final rounds everyone is ripping. I had a look at the draw last night and thought there was a lot of heats that I didn't know which way they would go. Everyone on this Tour has the ability to win this event, it's whoever gets the waves," says Fanning.

Filipe Toledo is looking sharp and focused. He surfed better than Kolohe Andino, Jordy Smith, and Matt Wilkinson and secured an important ticket to the finals, with an included near-perfect 9.57.

"I love to surf rights and I've been really confident and comfortable. The long wait was good for my mind and to figure out my boards. I'll just keep going and having fun, doing what I loved to do, I'm super stoked," expressed Toledo.

Glenn Hall is responsible for eliminating Gabriel Medina from Snapper Rocks. The Brazilian went for a wave under Hall's priority causing an interference and losing his second score, ending his chances of making it through to the next round.

Miguel Pupo, Wiggolly Dantas, Julian Wilson, Taj Burrow, Adriano de Souza and Bede Durbidge have also made it through to the quarterfinals of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2015.

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2015 | Quarterfinal Match-Ups

Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)

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