Location, Location, Location
For the second year in a row, the Superbank has been perfect juuuuust before the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast begins. It’s like the prettiest girl in school getting a zit before prom. All you can do is grab her hand, cut a rug and focus on what’s good. So, what’s good? The ocean’s warm, the anticipation is electric and water is so clear it makes a swimming pool look like mud puddle. Ahhhh, it’s good to be back on the Goldie.
The waiting periods for the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and Roxy Pro Gold Coast extend from March 10 – March 21. Tune in to worldsurfleague.com when you get back from your lunch break.
Filipe Toledo: He unleashed a blitzkrieg performance last year, surfing circles around the competition all the way to the podium. With a 2016 world title on his vision board, Filipe enters the Quiky Pro as a clear favorite.
John Florence: With his blockbuster film, View From A Blue Moon, in his rearview, John can focus his efforts entirely on competition. When you see fins it’s not a shark, just John throwing tail with reckless abandon. (Although, this is Australia, so just double check that it’s not a shark.)
Miguel Pupo: In his last three appearances on the Goldie, Miggy’s got 3rd, 5th and 9th. It’s easily his best event on tour. Look for our favorite Brazilian to waltz into the later rounds.
Conner Coffin: It’s his first event in the big leagues! We’re so proud of Conner for qualifying, and think that the Snapper’s punchy righthand pointbreak will be the perfect canvas for Conner to showcase his debut painting.
Owen Wright: Sadly, Owen is out of commission for the first half of this season, resting after a traumatic brain injury sustained at Pipeline late last year. But fear not! Little sister Tyler will be flying the Wright flag in the Roxy Pro.
1.How’s the forecast look? Um…not promising. But luckily the sandbar at Snapper is well defined and can turn even the smallest of swells into something rippable.
2.Who’s favored for the world title? With Owen out for the first half of the year, smart money is on Filipe (who finished 4th last year) and John to find their inner Ponyboy and make that gold jersey stay.
3.Where will they be surfing on down days? Luckily, even when the waves are small, the playful beachbreak of Duranbah serves as a useful training ground. Big airs and quick carves aplenty!