2014 Roxy Pro Gold Coast: Day 1

posted by / ASP / March 1, 2014

Stephanie Gilmore and shaper Darren Handley. Photo: Sherman

Stephanie Gilmore and shaper Darren Handley. Photo: Sherman

Rookie Alessa Quizon won the first heat of the morning after a controversial interference call against Steph. She’ll take it. Photo: Jimmicane

Rookie Alessa Quizon won the first heat of the morning after a controversial interference call against Steph. She’ll take it. Photo: Jimmicane

Malia Manuel and the smile that stills your beating heart. Photo: Sherman

Malia Manuel and the smile that stills your beating heart. Photo: Sherman

The Champ Carissa Moore, sharp on the rail and sweet as a March morning. Photo: Jimmicane

The Champ Carissa Moore, sharp on the rail and sweet as a March morning. Photo: Jimmicane

Despite turns like this, Malia fell to Carissa and will take the scenic route to the third round. Photo: Jimmicane

Despite turns like this, Malia fell to Carissa and will take the scenic route to the third round. Photo: Jimmicane

Just doing our part to perpetuate stereotypes. Alana Blanchard. Photo: Jimmicane

Just doing our part to perpetuate stereotypes. Alana Blanchard. Photo: Jimmicane

Coco Ho lets you live out your girls locker room fantasy. Photo: Sherman

Coco Ho lets you live out your girls locker room fantasy. Photo: Sherman

Tyler Wright en route to an easy Round 1 victory. Photo: Jimmicane

Tyler Wright en route to an easy Round 1 victory. Photo: Jimmicane

Hey look there’s Coco again. Coco Ho surfed well in her Round 1 heat, but (O’) Stoyle ruled. Photo: Jimmicane

Hey look there’s Coco again. Coco Ho surfed well in her Round 1 heat, but (O’) Stoyle ruled. Photo: Jimmicane

It’s a tough job and Laura Enever let’s her brother Chris do it. Photo: Sherman

It’s a tough job and Laura Enever let’s her brother Chris do it. Photo: Sherman

Jadson Andre in the men’s expression session. Photo: C. Wilson

Jadson Andre in the men’s expression session. Photo: C. Wilson

Every year on the Gold Coast Julian Wilson raises awareness for breast cancer. Here, he just raises a tail. Photo: Jimmicane

Every year on the Gold Coast Julian Wilson raises awareness for breast cancer. Here, he just raises a tail. Photo: Jimmicane

Josh Kerr inside every 12-year-old’s dream. Photo: Jimmicane

Josh Kerr inside every 12-year-old’s dream. Photo: Jimmicane

Josh Kerr, again, just, you know, showing versatility. Photo: C. Wilson

Josh Kerr, again, just, you know, showing versatility. Photo: C. Wilson

New year, new roles. Kelly Slater and Steph Gilmore chat with ASP Commissioner Kieren Perrow. Photo: Sherman

New year, new roles. Kelly Slater and Steph Gilmore chat with ASP Commissioner Kieren Perrow. Photo: Sherman

This is how Jordy Smith expresses himself. Photo: Jimmicane

This is how Jordy Smith expresses himself. Photo: Jimmicane

Aritz Aranburu welcomes himself back on tour. Photo: C. Wilson

Aritz Aranburu welcomes himself back on tour. Photo: C. Wilson

Big men on campus Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater have their lockers next door. Tomorrow, they’ll compete. Photo: Sherman

Big men on campus Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater have their lockers next door. Tomorrow, they’ll compete. Photo: Sherman

Same Ol’ Soup, Just Reheated
New sponsor. New Logo. New commissioner. New commentary team. New website. New contests. New rules. Saturday marked the first event of the 2014 WCT season and also the first event under “The New ASP.” Last-minute deals, rumors and speculation surrounding the “new” tour were at a fever pitch leading up to the event. But on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. local time, a horn blew, Bianca Buitendag caught a wave and the judges gave her a 3.5. The bullshit was silenced and we just watched great surfing. Same as it ever was.

It’s On
Australia used to have a safe-sex campaign with the slogan, “If it’s not on, it’s not on.” The ASP has been tagging “#itson” in their social media this year and so we can only assume they’re wearing protection. Those are some smart folks over at the ASP. Smart enough to capitalize on a dropping tide over a well-formed sandbar at Snapper Rocks.

“I think they’re sending the girls out now.”
That’s what Freddy P said as we passed him on the way to the contest area. The Roxy Pro was about to start and we were excited, but also had that guilty feeling about returning to the same routine: feeding the girls the scraps that the guys don’t want to eat. But it’s a ratings-driven reality and the girls didn’t seem to mind. They made those scraps look like perfectly cooked filets.

Dimity-doo-day, Dimity’s-day…
They ran all six heats of the first round of the Roxy Pro and it was rookie Dimity Stoyle that ruled the day. I was standing in the shade under the VIP tent after she backed up her 8.0 with a 9.13 and overheard the guy next to me ask his friend, “Who is that?” And his friend said, “That’s Dimity.” And it was then that I realized two things: that Dimity doesn’t need a last name, and that people won’t be asking “Who’s that?” for much longer.

…And other girls that look like women and surf like men
Carissa Moore: She’s the best female surfer in the world. No question. Fresh off her win at the 6-star at Manly, Carissa smashed Malia Manuel and Keely Andrew with surfing that seemed like it deserved more than 15.57 points.
Tyler Wright: She’s the only one close to Carissa and she looks fired up. Jumping up and down before heats and shit. Watch the throne, Carissa.
Steph Gilmore: Surfing as graceful and powerful as ever, she had the first heat of the day won until she got an interference against…
Alessa Quizon: Her backhand is f–ked-up good.
Lakey Peterson: Did an early-grab nose-pick for the progressive maneuver of the day.

They say that tomorrow…
They’ll start the guys, who warmed up with an expression session today. Felipe Toledo won. Anyway, the whole waiting period looks pretty average and there’s supposed to be a bump in the swell tomorrow so, you know, bird in the hand. Tide is high at 9 a.m. so they’ll probably get underway around 11. First heat is Jeremy Flores, Julian Wilson and Travis Logie. See you then?
—Taylor Paul

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  • Claudio

    Alessa Quizon rides were better than Stephie’s in my point of view and the judges blew it up again. The interference was not an interference. I know they have changed something about, but I was watching at Snapper and Stephie took off before Alessa and when Stephie realized, she just went straight to avoid interference.
    The result was fair, but the judges again!!!!

  • Fan

    Great first day of action by the girls. Thanks for sharing team Surfing.

  • Mik

    4 Aussie judges compared to 2 USA & 2 Brazil / advertisements running more than event coverage is / same advertisements over and over by the way / all adds up to:

    An NFL CEO who has no clue, has not listened to the biggest fucking concern of its fan-base, and wants to turn pro surfing into the boredom that the NFL is.

    Fuck that.

    I’ll watch surf movies.

  • Tom

    Alessa is a bad ass and has a good, talkative personality. Hope she keeps killing it. And Steph dropping in on her was definitely an interference. You can’t hit a section if someone is blocking your bottom turn.

    Stoked to watch both the women’s and the men’s.

  • Mik

    Delete my previous comments. It was written in a moment of stupidity, and out of place. The women surfed rad. Better than ever…

    My issues with judging are what they are… But overall these contests are a gift to all of us to have a great time watching great surfing. The ASP is doing a great job in elevating the Pro surfing world. It’s exciting, and showcases amazing talent.

    Many thanks to sponsors who have come on board to support it.!!!

    (no one asked me to say this btw — it is sincere))

  • mm

    Girls do mind. And given the opportunity…