Table number 11 (coincidence?) at the ASP banquet. Kelly Slater with his surrogate family, the Munros, and girlfriend, Kalani. Photo: Sherm

Table number 11 (coincidence?) at the ASP banquet. Kelly Slater with his surrogate family, the Munros, and girlfriend, Kalani. Photo: Sherm

David “Woody” Wood, head of ASP security, about to distribute the year’s supply of ASP all-access passes. Photo: Sherm

David “Woody” Wood, head of ASP security, about to distribute the year’s supply of ASP all-access passes. Photo: Sherm

Dane, arriving just a hair tardy to the Quiksilver Pro press conference. They started without him. Photo: Sherm

Dane, arriving just a hair tardy to the Quiksilver Pro press conference. They started without him. Photo: Sherm

Quiksilver knows what’s up. Photo: Sherm

Quiksilver knows what’s up. Photo: Sherm

Kelly engages Kolohe in some pre-heat banter (read “mindf--k”), then makes quick work of the kid during his first event as a full-time WT surfer. Photo: Sherm

Kelly engages Kolohe in some pre-heat banter (read “mindf--k”), then makes quick work of the kid during his first event as a full-time WT surfer. Photo: Sherm

And, action! Photo: Corey Wilson

And, action! Photo: Corey Wilson

Brett Simpson in his Round 2 heat vs. Kolohe Andino. Brett got very barreled and barely lost out to the rookie. Photo: Corey Wilson

Brett Simpson in his Round 2 heat vs. Kolohe Andino. Brett got very barreled and barely lost out to the rookie. Photo: Corey Wilson

This air and a botched cutty earned Dane a 7.43 in his Round 2 against Taj Burrow. He backed it up with an 8.63 but Taj would not be beat… Photo: Corey Wilson

This air and a botched cutty earned Dane a 7.43 in his Round 2 against Taj Burrow. He backed it up with an 8.63 but Taj would not be beat… Photo: Corey Wilson

…Taj flared with an 18.10 heat total and looked quite unstoppable through the early rounds. Still, Ace Buchan will try to stop him when they meet in the quarters. Photo: Corey Wilson

…Taj flared with an 18.10 heat total and looked quite unstoppable through the early rounds. Still, Ace Buchan will try to stop him when they meet in the quarters. Photo: Corey Wilson

Josh Kerr has been hot as the Australian sun this week. With onshore-air wind blowing hard on Wednesday, Kerr was the most adamant about getting right into the quarterfinals. They didn’t run, and Kerr will face Kelly whenever they do give the green light (probably this weekend). Photo: Corey Wilson

Josh Kerr has been hot as the Australian sun this week. With onshore-air wind blowing hard on Wednesday, Kerr was the most adamant about getting right into the quarterfinals. They didn’t run, and Kerr will face Kelly whenever they do give the green light (probably this weekend). Photo: Corey Wilson

Ten Photos: Gold Coast

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And we’re back. The ASP Banquet. Running on the first day of the waiting period. Drama (Alejo and Logie’s priority mix up, Wilko’s underscore, cancelled events — is Fiji going the way of J-Bay?). We’re beginning the 2012 World Tour season with all of the excitement that keeps us enthused and nervous about competitive surfing, and it all happened so fast that the SURFING staff grinding on the Goldy hardly had a chance to digest it. Plus, there are all these parties. But with a couple of anticipated lay days we’re getting a chance to sift through our filled memory cards and notepads in preparation for a comprehensive flipbook on the event, coming to your favorite website a week or so after the final horn toots. It will be worth the wait. We’re getting gold from multiple angles. Till then, take these ten photos from staff photographers Steve Sherman and Corey Wilson as appetizers. The steak will be out shortly. —Taylor Paul

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