Josh Kerr opens the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2014 in grand style

March 2, 2014 | Surfing
Gabriel Medina: spraying John John Florence | Photo: ASP/Kirstin Scholtz

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast has officially opened the 2014 ASP World Tour, at Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta.

The opening heat of the elite surfing season, the speed, power and repertoire of Jeremy Flores paid off. The Frenchman won the first clash of the year.

"This is my eighth, maybe ninth, Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast so even though I'm 25 I feel like the old guy. It's tough out there because the tides are a bit high, I always knew the first couple of heats would be harder but they have to start the event at some point," says Flores.

Josh Kerr mixed monster turns, tubes and critical aerials to clock the highest single-wave score of the day (9.27 out of a possible 10) and the highest two-wave heat total of the day (17.54 out of a possible 20).

"Every year I imagine winning this event, especially after watching friends and locals win. It's such a great arena here at Snapper Rocks, having the crowd so close, especially when the tides are low and people are only 20 feet away", explains Josh Kerr.

Defending Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast champion Kelly Slater was forced to fight for the win against Trial winner Matt Banting and Matt Wilkinson, who both posted excellent scores. The Floridian won four times at Snapper Rocks.

"I really love this wave, but I feel like it suits everybody's surfing and I don't know why it's been such a good event for me. The event site here is awesome, the structure and how much space we have now", underlines Slater.

Dane Reynolds sent Mick Fanning into the man-on-man elimination. The surfer from Ventura managed to secure a small advantage of only 0.63 points to move to Round 3.

"It's a little bit discouraging when you lose to those guys a couple of times in a row like I did last year. It's rare that I get into this contest so I'm just trying to maximize my time here," concluded Reynolds.

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.76, Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.40, Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.00
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.17, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.83, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 7.37
Heat 3: Frederick Patacchia (HAW) 13.03, Brett Simpson (USA) 12.37, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.04
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.43, Bebe Durbidge (AUS) 13.60, Tiago Pires (PRT) 9.93
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.97, Matt Banting (AUS) 13.67, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 11.07
Heat 6: Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.83, Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.20, Adam Melling (AUS) 10.50
Heat 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.90, Kai Otton (AUS) 10.10, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 8.63
Heat 8: Nat Young (USA) 13.50, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.17, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 8.30
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) 17.54, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.54, Mitch Crews (AUS) 12.50
Heat 10: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.67, John John Florence (HAW) 10.10, Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.33
Heat 11: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.73, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.54, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.27
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.10, Owen Wright (AUS) 10.87, Kolohe Andino (USA) 7.50

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS), Matt Banting (AUS)
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 4: Kai Otton (AUS), Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 6: Owen Wright (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 7: Adriano De Souza (BRA), Artiz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 8: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 9: Sebastian Zeitz (HAW), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 11: Bebe Durbidge (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)

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