2014 Roxy Pro Gold Coast: Day 2

posted by / ASP / March 4, 2014

The Quiksilver Pro ran four heats this morning, and Jadson Andre starred in one of them. Guy's been practicing his backhand. Photo: Jimmicane

The Quiksilver Pro ran four heats this morning, and Jadson Andre starred in one of them. Guy's been practicing his backhand. Photo: Jimmicane

Up and at 'em. Kolohe Andino reminds us why he belongs here. Photo: Jimmicane

Up and at 'em. Kolohe Andino reminds us why he belongs here. Photo: Jimmicane

This is how every heat ends. Photo: C. Wilson

This is how every heat ends. Photo: C. Wilson

In a battle of adorable, regular-footed ripping Hawaiians, Coco Ho fell to Malia Manuel in Round 2. Photo: C. Wilson

In a battle of adorable, regular-footed ripping Hawaiians, Coco Ho fell to Malia Manuel in Round 2. Photo: C. Wilson

Courtney Conlogue got one of the best tubes of the contests, men or women. Then she got some more. And that’s to say nothing of her turns. She’s up against Stephanie Gilmore in the Quarters. Photo: C. Wilson

Courtney Conlogue got one of the best tubes of the contests, men or women. Then she got some more. And that’s to say nothing of her turns. She’s up against Stephanie Gilmore in the Quarters. Photo: C. Wilson

If Steph's nervous, she's not showing it. Photo: Jimmicane

If Steph's nervous, she's not showing it. Photo: Jimmicane

Nikki Van Dijk doesn’t want to go the part-time model route. But it’s probably nice to have the option. Photo: C. Wilson

Nikki Van Dijk doesn’t want to go the part-time model route. But it’s probably nice to have the option. Photo: C. Wilson

Nikki went up against Stephanie Gilmore in Round 2, but fell to the 5-time champ. This is how you go down swingin’. Photo: C. Wilson

Nikki went up against Stephanie Gilmore in Round 2, but fell to the 5-time champ. This is how you go down swingin’. Photo: C. Wilson

Plain and simple: Carissa Moore’s surfing during her Round 3 heat, which netted her a 19.5 heat total, would have won a lot of heats on the men’s ‘CT. Photo: C. Wilson

Plain and simple: Carissa Moore’s surfing in her Round 3 heat, which netted her a 19.5 heat total, would have won a lot of heats on the men’s ‘CT. Photo: C. Wilson

Sally Fitzgibbons is on to the Quarters, where she'll surf-fight against Lakey Peterson. Photo: C. Wilson

Sally Fitzgibbons is on to the Quarters, where she'll surf-fight Lakey Peterson. Photo: C. Wilson

More than colors and patterns, Sally knows the importance of matching sponsors. Photo: Jimmicane

More than colors and patterns, Sally knows the importance of matching sponsors. Photo: Jimmicane

Snapper Rocks open house. Photo: C. Wilson

Snapper Rocks open house. Photo: C. Wilson

Carissa Moore, worth a second look. Photo: Jimmicane

Carissa Moore, worth a second look. Photo: Jimmicane

First Samsung, then GoPro. How has nobody sold Crest onto the ASP? Malia Manuel, poster girl. Photo: Jimmicane

First Samsung, then GoPro. How has nobody sold Crest onto the ASP? Malia Manuel, poster girl. Photo: Jimmicane

Lakey Peterson channeled her Rincon roots on the second day of the Roxy Pro, getting’ all up in that tube and on to the Quarters. Photo: Jimmicane

Lakey Peterson channeled her Rincon roots on the second day of the Roxy Pro, getting’ all up in that tube and on to the Quarters. Photo: Jimmicane

Bianca Buitendag doesn’t care if you butcher her name, as long as you keep saying it. Photo: Jimmicane

Bianca Buitendag doesn’t care if you butcher her name, as long as you keep saying it. Photo: Jimmicane

This was happening in the late afternoon. As well as the girls surfed, they still didn’t want a piece of the ones behind the rocks. Photo: Jimmicane

This was happening in the late afternoon. As well as the girls surfed, they still didn’t want a piece of the ones behind the rocks. Photo: Jimmicane

Equal Rights
We usually see the girls surf when the tide is too big or the swell is too small or the wind is just a pain in the ass. We usually see them surf after the best men in the world surf in the best waves. It’s an issue of opportunity and comparison. Freesurfing before the comp each morning, I’ve had the pleasure to watch these girls do exactly what they did today. They’re all out there, before sunrise, practicing in better waves than the ones they’ll surf in competition. Working hard. Laying rail.

But we send the girls out in subpar conditions — and consequently watch them struggle — then argue it’s OK to send the men out in better waves. I’ve done it. You’ve done it. The ASP habitually does it. It’s like comparing 100-yard dash times — except the girls have to run in soft sand. But not today. Today at the 2014 Roxy Pro, the girls ran on the track and they ran fast, making history as they blew through the tape at the finish line.

But first, a few good men
Kolohe Andino…was the Kolohe Andino we love today. In a contest that’s rewarded rail work, he took to the air and made our ears perk up. And when the score came in low for an impressive air-reverse, he got to work with clean, powerful rail work and upset local staple Bede Durbidge.
Miguel Pupo…showed up four minutes before his heat and faced off against good friend and team/roommate Alejo Muniz. Miggy linked some strong, graceful backhand snaps to win the heat and the rights to the top bunk tonight.
Jadson Andre…showed us, and Sebastian Zietz, that his surfing is new and improved — now with more backhand!
Adam Melling…is tired of being called the poor-man’s Mick Fanning so he put on a rich, rail-driven performance to defeat Matt Wilkinson. He’ll cash his check against CJ Hobgood next.

Pretty women
Carissa Moore…was the prettiest of them all. But, attainable-pretty. Not like a perfect-10 or anything. But so close! In her Round 3 heat against Malia Manuel and Pauline Ado, Carissa dropped a 9.6 and a 9.9 in the best heat of her career. Go look at the heat analyzer if you didn’t see it live. These waves would have gotten her through a lot of men’s WCT heats.
Steph Gilmore…has more style in the water than she does on land, and that’s saying a lot. You should see her walk into a room. She makes her presence felt. Nikki Van Dijk, Courtney Conlogue and Paige Hareb all felt her presence today, as she flowed between barrels and turns like it was a choreographed dance.
Courtney Conlogue…might be my new favorite surfer. Her turns were aggressive and clean, she rarely bobbled, and nobody — not nobody — thought she was coming out of that one tube. She’ll face Steph in the first heat of the Quarters.
Lakey Peterson, Tyler Wright and nearly all the rest of them…didn’t squander the opportunity given to them. The energy in the water, on the beach, and in the competitor’s area was electric. Today was a big step toward equal rights for women surfers, and with Fiji on the schedule this year, let’s hope for some equal lefts, too.

They say that tomorrow…
The boys are back in town. They’ll be making a 6:30 a.m. call for a potential 7:15 a.m. start. We’ll be on the tweeter @surfingmagazine to keep you posted in case we’re wrong…which we were yesterday. Sorry about that.
—Taylor Paul

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  • Caitlin MF

    So fun to watch! And inspiring. Thank you for these pics and your words Taylor! Enjoy today :)

  • Aptoss Mavrecks Cru

    Taylor Paul’s the Carissa Moore of Cen Cal. Not a perfect 10, but pretty good at Mav’s. Also attainable-pretty — guy put out like a crazed bunny on Easter Island in his college dayz. There’s bunnies on Easter Island right? Thanks for the coverage, bout time someone said something nice about Skindog.

  • greg hoey

    I think surfers and the wider surfing community esp within australia are a bunch of self-satisfied, quite dumb and complacent, upper-middle class coastal snobs who need to think a bit more about the rest of the world and not just themselves once in a while.

    POPE FRANCIS and THE VATICAN [Protestantism/Anglicans and the 'American Evangelists' both black and white included]

    portrait of the myth, the man the dogma?

    The obssesssion these old men of the Vatican like Pope Francis have with the crucified figure of an overtly muscular, very healthy, white anglo-saxon male, naked and bloody on a cross speaks volumes for a Church and a Religion that at its heart is disturbing and ultimately very negative.
    A beautiful image it maybe, but it is also hideous too at the same time, an image that appeals to the two worst aspects of the human psyche both narcissism and cruelty in order to assuage some ancient guilty appeasement to the gods by sacrificing someone or something.

    [afterall the whole jesus thing is little more than the Prometheus myth retold. And even before the Greek god Prometheus there was the Egyptian god Pheonix, again similar mythology. its obvious the early jesus cults were well researched and pretty enterprising too for that matter.

    And who gets to play this sacrificed Jesus character one has to ask?

    -No doubt some poor bastard who’s either been unwittingly, ceremoniously slung into an anachronistic cauldron run by spiritual fakes, or more likely some poor unbeknown sod who has rather been shanghaied against his/her own free-will into playing the modern returned ‘jesus figure’ for the 20th and 21st centuries…because if such a person had have been asked up front no doubt there would have been a case of outright refusal to obey the instigators of all of this self-serving nonsense and great and higher purposes/commands.

    Guaranteed the sort of righteous folk who like this kind of thing are on an intellectual level very shallow people indeed. Mindless and shallow and pretentiously ‘non-materialist-non-narcissistic’.
    The same sort of people who think someone like Gwyneth Paltrow is really deep and meaningful and a basic, kind hearted soul who is not an inbred preppy psychopath either, who can actually act.

    Again the type of folk inured to this sort of thing are usually from pretty well-off backgrounds which explains the rosey-eyed world view and idealistic nature they tend towards others esp those from lower class backgrounds.
    They’re most definitely not from low socio-economic backgrounds or of the working classes that can be guaranteed!

    And rarely is the sacrificial victim a nice, well educated, upper-middle class rich kid, it would have to of course be generally and stereotypically someone of low economic means with little familial backup who is seen to be and considered disposable enough to suit the evil minds behind such religious/spiritual machinations engineered to facilitate and expunge some unconscious corrupt guilt the wider body politic senses of itself.

    If these church/religious leaders like the new media saavy and enlightened newly elected Pope Francis and his kind ever had their ‘Jesus’ actually arrive back on earth one day in order to seek his ownership of ‘their’ control and stewardship of the Christian church’s [both the catholic and protestant churches including all of the little jesus based cult's] and all of its accoutrement and lucre guarded over by these Holy-men and women, Priests and Popes and Bishops etc., all for his own personal useage-

    [ie possibly to use for acquiring land in the best parts of the world with which to fashion a majestic home or two upon in which he might also choose to partake of various high-class whores and other fleshly pursuits- like a nice large collection of art and trinkets, perhaps some nice expensive wines/spirits/cocaine, maybe a little yacht or three-none of which happened to be under 60 foot in length and perhaps a little gambol here n there at various casino],

    - I feel damnably sure that the slitherer’s who now watch over the various Christian church would very quickly have their ‘lord jesus’ quietly hung, drawn and re-crucified before the deadly hour of dawn preferably before the sun was set.
    All to make damn sure that all the excessive power, glitter, gold and other largesse like the vast holdings of real estate that these church’s/religion’s own was never lost from their controlling, greedy, insidious, tenacious grasping hands basically. -greg hoey