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Jordy Smith finishes 9th as quarterfinalists decided at Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

March 12th, 2015
Jordy Smith (ZAF) finished 9th in the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Australia today   Image: © WSL / Swilly

Jordy Smith (ZAF) finished 9th in the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Australia today   Image: © WSL / Swilly

South African Jordy Smith finished equal ninth in the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ on a day of major upsets at the first event on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour being run at Snapper Rocks in Queensland, Australia.

After 11 days of tiny waves, the contest resumed yesterday and the quarterfinalists were decided today on the penultimate day of the extended 13 day waiting period.

Competing in inconsistent but well shaped one metre waves that got better as the day progressed, Smith used his trademark powerful rail turns and progressive fins-free manoeuvres to defeat dangerous rookie Matt Banting (AUS) in Round 3.

However, he could not match the high flying repertoire of Brazilian teenager Felipe Toledo in Round 4, placing second in the three-man encounter. Smith was eliminated in the last heat of the day by Gold Coast stalwart Bede Durbidge (AUS) who found the best wave of their 30 minute, man-on-man Round 5 heat and posted a near perfect 9.50 points out of a possible 10 to clinch victory and advance to the quarters.

The day’s action produced a slew of upsets with reigning WSL World Champion and defending event champ Gabriel Medina (BRA), 11-time world champ Kelly Slater (USA), 2014 rankings runner-up John John Florence (HAW) and 2012 world champ and local star Joel Parkinson (AUS) all being eliminated from competition in Round 3 at the hands of lower-seeded opponents.

Three-time World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) looked strong throughout the day, first facing Dusty Payne (HAW) in Round 3 where he used his patented carves to claim a nine-point ride and the top spot. Next he won his stacked Round 4 heat against Adriano de Souza (BRA) and Durbidge for a place in the Quarterfinals.

“Once you get to these final rounds everyone is ripping,“ said Fanning. “I had a look at the draw last night and thought there was a lot of heats that I didn’t know which way they would go. Everyone on this Tour has the ability to win this event, it’s whoever gets the waves.”

Toledo, at 18 the youngest surfer on Tour, was another of the day’s standout performers. He started strong in his highly anticipated Round 3 bout against Kolohe Andino (USA), opening his account with a near-perfect 9.57 and holding the American off with an 8.93 and the day’s highest heat total, 18.50 out of 20. The progressive Brazilian continued to shine in Round 4 where another nine-point ride helped him dispatch Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Matt Wilkinson (AUS) to move through to the Quarterfinals where he will face Durbidge.

“I love to surf rights and I’ve been really confident and comfortable,” Toledo said. “The long wait was good for my mind and to figure out my boards. I’ll just keep going and having fun, doing what I loved to do, I’m super stoked. I think this year is going to be a great year for Brazil and for the younger guys on tour.”

Reigning WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) is out of the competition after being defeated by Glenn Hall (IRL) while Brazilian rookies Italo Ferreira and Wiggolly Dantas, both competing in their first WSL Championship Tour event, also dealt out big upsets in Round 3 today with Ferreira eliminating Slater and Dantas taking down Parkinson.

The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast events will wrap up tomorrow (starting at approximately 12 midnight tonight SA Time) and will be webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com.

Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), the only South African amongst the world’s top 18 on the Samsung Galaxy WSL Women’s Championship Tour, was eliminated in Round 2 of the Roxy Pro last weekend, finishing in equal 13th place overall.

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 3 Results (1st to R4, 2nd = 13th):
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.00 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 8.77
Heat 2: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.67 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.20
Heat 3: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 15.77 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 9.93
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.60 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.90
Heat 5: Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.43 def. Nat Young (USA) 8.94
Heat 6: Glenn Hall (IRL) 14.23 vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 7.50
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.56 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 15.00
Heat 8: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.90 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 14.44
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.76 def. Freddy Patacchia Jr. (HAW) 1.13
Heat 10: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.67 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 13.90
Heat 11: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18.50 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.74
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.83 def. John John Florence (HAW) 16.13

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 4 Results (1st to QF, 2nd & 3rd to R5):
Heat 1: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 17.23, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.47, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.37
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.37, Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.13, Glenn Hall (IRL) 10.50
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.50, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.50, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.50
Heat 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 17.83, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.57, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.23

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 5 Results (1st to QF, 2nd=9th):
Heat 1: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 17.34 def. Glenn Hall (IRL) 13.33
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.73 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.50
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.94 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 16.07
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.83 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.83

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Match-Ups (1st to SF, 2nd=5th):
QF 1: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
QF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
QF 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
QF 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast runs in conjunction with the Roxy Pro.

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Match-Ups (1st to SF, 2nd=5th):
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)


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