Location, Location, Location
Doesn't it seem like forever since the last WSL Championship Tour event? Well, after the longest off-season in recent memory, it’s back. The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast kicks off the first event of the 2019 season and oooo-wee, what a season it’s shaping up to be! Much of the old guard has hung up their jerseys, making way for a new wave of young, progressive surfers itching to make their mark. And what better place to tattoo their spot in the rankings than the Gold Coast? Those long rippable walls. Crystal green water. The eyes of surf-hungry fans waiting for the hooter to blow. Not a bad place to make a first impression.
The 2019 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast runs between April 3 - 13, and is viewable at worldsurfleague.com. Tune in and cheer the Monster team!
Filipe Toledo: After a third place finish in 2018, Filipe has spent his off-season working with a new trainer, and by all accounts is in the best shape of his life. Watch out, Goldy!
Griffin Colapinto: Can Griffin replicate his 2018 Snapper Rocks dream run in 2019? He thinks so. We think so. You probably should, too.
Seth Moniz: With the rookie joining his best friend and fellow Monster team rider Griffin Colapinto on the big stage, expect his rookie of the year campaign to begin with fireworks.
Owen Wright: Focused. Healthy. Hungry. The former event winner and perennial top-10 finisher is always a threat at Snapper Rocks.
Conner Coffin: Conner finished 2018 with his first ever top-10 finish, giving him the confidence to start 2019 where he belongs — atop the podium.
Yago Dora: With a mix of power, barrels and on-demand tricks, Yago represents the new age of the world tour. Expect his approach to be rewarded at Snapper Rocks.
How’s the forecast look? Like there will be some wind swell to open the event, with some bigger surf expected in the back-half of the waiting period.
Where’s Tyler Wright? Unfortunately, due to health issues, Tyler has withdrawn from the first half of the 2019 season.
If I had to pick this year’s world champ, who would it be? Filipe Toledo. He’s just so talented and, with a recent focus on big barrels and competitive strategy, we think 2019 is Filipe’s year.