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Travis Logie ends ninth as Kelly Slater wins season opening Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

March 13th, 2013
Travis Logie (Durban) in action at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Australia yesterday where the Durbanite finished 9th overall  Photo: ASP / Hayden-Smith

Travis Logie (Durban) in action at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Australia yesterday where the Durbanite finished 9th overall Photo: ASP / Hayden-Smith

KIRRA, Queensland/Australia (Wednesday, March 13, 2013) – Kelly Slater (USA), 41, 11-time ASP World Champion and 2012 ASP World Runner-Up, has claimed the 2013 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover over reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, in front of a capacity crowd on the Gold Coast.

The opening stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast culminated in fine fashion today with a tube-riding shootout in firing three-to-five foot (1-1.5 metre) waves at Kirra between two of the sport’s greatest champions.

South Africa’s Travis Logie (Durban), 32, placed equal ninth overall in the season opening event after his elimination by Matt Wilkinson (AUS) in their Round 5 encounter yesterday, pocketing US $12 000 (about R110 000) and 4 000 points on the 2013 WCT rankings.

Logie, who posted the highest heat total in Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, defeated the likes of compatriot Jordy Smith (who finished equal 13th), Adriano de Souza (BRA), Dusty Payne (HAW) and Brett Simpson (USA) on his way to the last 12 in the event.

Slater and Parkinson opened their 40-minute final bout with a rapid-fire exchange of tube-riding displays, vaulting the lead back and forth before Slater nailed a 9.93 for an incredibly-deep barrel punctuated by a full-velocity forehand gaff.

“It was just fun today,” Slater said. “I really wanted to surf Kirra as I made known the other day and it was great fun out there. We thought the swell was going to be too East, but it’s really, really good out there and to get to surf it with Joel (Parkinson) is even better. He’s one of the best and we had a lot of fun out there.”

Today’s win marks Slater’s 52nd elite tour victory of his career, but the iconic Floridian admits that it’s a long season ahead in terms of the hunt for the 2013 ASP World Title.

Parkinson looked unbeatable on the final day of the event, collecting a perfect 10 in his morning semi-final before posting an excellent 17.47 in his Final against Slater. However, the impressive scoreline would prove insufficient against the American’s onslaught and the reigning ASP World Champion would post a Runner-Up finish in the opening event of the year.

“When Kirra is doing what it’s doing out there today, it doesn’t feel like an event,” Parkinson said. “I had some great waves and a lot of fun, and to get to do it with the singlet on is icing on the cake. I appreciate all the local support out here today and Runner-Up is a good start to the season. Bring on Bells.”

Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, two-time ASP World Champion (2007, 2009), went down in a barrel shootout this morning with Slater. Despite opening up with an impressive scoreline and an early lead, the Kirra local would ultimately fall to Slater in the dying moments of the heat – 18.60 to 19.37.

Michel Bourez (PYF), 27, opened up this morning’s action with a semi-final clash against Parkinson. Despite being universally-celebrated as one of the most powerful surfers throughout the event, the Tahitian found himself at odds this morning after the Australian’s quick start to their clash.

The next stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) will be the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford from March 27 – April 7, 2013.

Highlights from the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover are available via http://quiksilverlive.com/progoldcoast/2013/

For more information, log onto www.aspworltour.com

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 18.56
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.47

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.17 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.80
SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.37 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.60

CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (Following Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast):
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 10000 pts
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 8000 pts
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 6500 pts
3. Michel Bourez (PYF) 6500 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 5200 pts
5. Julian Wilson (AUS) 5200 pts
5. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 5200 pts
5. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5200 pts

South Africans
9. Travis Logie 4000pts
13. Jordy Smith 1750 pts

ENDS

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